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MVP Winter Webinar #2: Building Trust and Community Partnerships

January 26, 2022 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Explore the intersection between municipal climate adaptation and partnership building efforts that center community groups and community members.

This webinar will highlight example MVP action grant projects that are building trust and partnerships within their communities and addressing factors that can hinder community climate resilience—such as access to transportation, income level, disability, racial inequity, health status, or age. Each project has unique insights to offer ranging from municipal-community trust building and reflections on meaningful community engagement, to how to involve youth in climate resilience projects. Participants will leave this webinar with new insights on how building trust with community partners is an essential climate adaptation practice.

The following three MVP Action projects will be presented:

  • Springfield’s “People-Based Resilience” project – A discussion with Springfield officials about the role municipalities can play in building equity. They will focus on both communication and messaging strategies and municipal hiring practice strategies. Participants will leave with a broader understanding of the role consistent, incremental changes can have in fostering trust between town hall and community groups.

  • Lenox (in partnership with Pittsfield, Stockbridge and New Marlborough)’s “Housatonic Stream Restoration for Regional Flood Resilience” project – Learn about this innovative stream crossing assessment project that relies upon a partnership with Town of Lenox, the Housatonic Valley Association, and Greenagers (a youth-employment program). This project provides young adults with hands-on experience in the environmental sector while increasing Lenox’s awareness of high-risk stream crossings.

  • Somerville (in partnership Resilient Mystic Collaborative communities)’s “Critical Regional Infrastructure and Social Vulnerability in the Lower Mystic Watershed” project – Project team members will share reflections on meaningful community engagement and thoughtful discussions around best practices for honoring the experience and expertise of community-based organizations.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

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