Ensuring Success Webinars -- Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program’s Tool Box

Learn more about participation and best practices for the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program through a series of webinars hosted by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and The Nature Conservancy.


Created to answer the most commonly asked questions about MVP and the Community Resilience Building (CRB) Framework, these lunch and learn webinars will help both participating municipalities and certified providers make this first step in the MVP process a success.

Webinar 1

Working with MVP Service Providers

Date: Monday, November 20th, 2017



  • Introduction: The Community Resilience Building (CRB) Framework

  • Nuts and Bolts: Municipal role vs service provider role

  • Audience: Who to invite to CRB process

  • Products: What your service providers ought to do, what to expect in your final report

  • MVP and Hazard Mitigation Plans: How these documents inform each other

  • Resources

  • Q&A

Webinar 2

Advancing Social Equity in Climate Adaptation Planning

Date: Monday, December 11th, 2017

Presented by: Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)



  • Introduction: Showcase community engagement strategies for climate planning to ensure an inclusive planning process
  • Nuts and Bolts: Practices for gathering and using social vulnerabilities data and input in municipal climate vulnerability assessments and adaptation plans

  • Case study

  • Resources

  • Q&A

Webinar 3

Alternatives for engaging your community

Date: Monday, December 18th, 2017

Presented by: The Resilient Taunton Watershed Network (RTWN)


  • Introduction: A background and updates on the MVP process

  • Nuts and Bolts: Other than acting as service provider, how can you help the CRB process? How to engage with local organizations to create a robust and cost-effective CRB process

  • Communicating about nature, science, and risk: Finding common ground with participants

  • Resources

  • Q&A

Webinar 4

The importance of listening

Date: Monday, January 8th, 2018

Presented by: Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA)

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  • Introduction: Why honest engagement with constituents and stakeholders is critical to project success

  • Nuts and Bolts: Roundtable discussion moderated by MMA featuring local officials with experience in hosting community listening sessions. Topics include:

    • Who to invite – How to identify stakeholders and the importance of inclusion, outreach to vulnerable populations

    • Level setting – Setting ground rules, goals and expectations for the discussion

    • Encouraging participation – Prompting questions and comments, strategies to start the conversation

    • Effective moderation – How to manage time and conflict; tips and tricks for keeping the conversation rolling

  • Resources

  • Q&A

Webinar 5

Bylaw Review

Date: Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Presented by: Mass Audubon’s Shaping the Future of Your Community Program

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  • Introduction: The impact of local bylaws and regulation on nature based solutions

  • Nuts and Bolts: Learn to use a framework for reviewing local policies that support smart land use and low impact development

  • Working with nature: to manage stormwater, reduce flooding, and be more climate resilient

  • Resources

  • Q&A

Webinar 6

Nature Based Solutions

Date: Monday, February 5th, 2018

Presented by: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

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  • Introduction: What are nature based solutions?

  • Nuts and Bolts: Benefits of including in vulnerability resiliency planning

    • Cost effective, long term solutions that leverage natural assets of your municipality

    • Can operate in place of, or in conjunction with, gray infrastructure

  • How to incorporate into planning process

  • Resources: Review of many resources available

  • Q&A

Webinar 7

Characterizing coastal flood hazards and increasing resilience

Date: Monday, February 26th, 2018

Presented by: Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM)

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  • Introduction: how to characterize future potential coastal flood risk, identify vulnerabilities and advance community action

  • Nuts and Bolts: sea level rise projections, flood data and other coastal hazard identification tools will be discussed

  • Resources: CZM’s Coastal Resilience Grant Program

    • Vulnerability assessments and retrofitting community infrastructure

    • Eligible coastal resilience projects and funding levels

  • Q&A


EEA, MEMA, TNC and Mass Audubon have partnered to create the MVP certification training program leveraging the Community Resilience Building (CRB) Framework developed by TNC. The training sessions were hosted and entirely funded by these generous partners: