Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Coalition

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Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Coalition

APCC is a member of the Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Coalition, a statewide initiative comprised of engineers, architects, planners, and conservation and environmental organizations working to reduce the Commonwealth’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.

Victory for the coalition’s climate change adaptation was achieved in 2018, when major components of the climate legislation promoted by the coalition were passed as part of Governor Charlie Baker’s $2.4 billion environmental bond. The bond now codifies into law the following:

  • A requirement for Massachusetts to adopt a statewide plan addressing the impacts of climate change.
  • A grant program to provide financial assistance to communities for the development and implementation of local adaptation plans, including vulnerability assessments.
  • A commitment to sound management practices that take into account existing natural, built, and economic characteristics of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable areas and human populations, including data on existing and projected sea level rise.
  • Leaves the door open to establish a coastal buyback program to acquire by voluntary purchase properties repeatedly damaged by severe weather, which intersect with ecological services with high potential for buffering inland areas against wind and storm surge.

Executive Order

This progress follows and makes permanent previous commitments by Governor Baker including a 2016 Executive Order directing state officials to develop a statewide climate adaptation plan.

The coalition continues to work with the state’s administration and legislature on additional measures to increase Massachusetts preparedness and response to the impacts of climate change, including incorporating an emphasis on natural solutions, such as salt marsh restoration and forest preservation, to address climate resilience and mitigation.