Springfield MVP Initiative


JOIN US FOR…
AN ONLINE ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND ACTION SESSION
‘Air Quality Monitoring and Trees for Springfield’

    • A Virtual Community Planning and Action Discussion
    • Open to All Ages and Interests
    • Residents From All Neighborhoods Invited

April 14, 2021 • 6:00 – 7:00 PM via Zoom and Facebook Live

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During the session you help to place a collection of air-quality monitors across the city, in order to better understand how air pollution impacts public health. You can help us decide where to place those monitors!  Also, you will learn about opportunities to help plant new trees in neighborhoods across the city this Spring in order to help address climate change, right in your own neighborhood.

Please plan to join a virtual community planning and action session on Wednesday, April 14th, from, 6-7 pm via Zoom and Facebook Live. Sponsored by ReGreen Springfield and the City of Springfield, in partnership with Live Well Springfield, Yale University School of Public Health, the US Forest Service, Earthwatch, the Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Program and Attorney General Maura Healy’s office, this event will be a great opportunity for you to get involved in making the city a bit more resilient and sustainable.

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The Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) grant program created in 2017 as part of Governor Baker’s Executive Order 569 provides support for cities and towns in Massachusetts to identify climate hazards, assess vulnerabilities, and develop action plans to improve resilience to climate change.

The Springfield Municipal Vulnerability Project (MVP), aims to bring information, tools and science related to helping Springfield address global climate change at the local level.

The following issues are being addressed, at the neighborhood live, in the Springfield MVP Project:

            • Nature-Based Solutions – Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) are adaptation measures focused on the Protection, Restoration, and/or Management of ecological systems to safeguard public health, provide clean air and water, increase natural hazard resilience, and sequester carbon. Incorporating NBS in local planning and design projects produces long-term solutions that benefit human and natural systems.
            • Public Health & Healthcare – Climate change hazards experienced in communities across the Commonwealth impact our health and our healthcare sector’s ability to provide necessary services. A history of systemic injustice means that climate change disproportionately affects communities of color and low-income communities (as described in EEA’s 2017 EJ Policy). As a result, these communities are more likely to experience the negative health impacts of climate change, that range from medical and physical health impacts to mental health and community health impacts.
            • Environmental Justice & Equity – Global climate change is a local environmental justice issue because it has disproportionate impacts on socially vulnerable populations in Massachusetts. With climate change expected to exacerbate current and future vulnerabilities in our communities, the Springfield MVP is delivering programming and opportunities that present a clear focus on addressing existing environmental, economic, and social disparities across the city.

Goals for the program include:

            • Enlisting citizen-scientists to assist in collecting data and information on the local environment.
            • Providing neighborhood residents useful steps that they can take to help address the environment where they live
            • Conducting environmental educational program for residents of a ages.
            • Helping to bring environmental change to Springfield.

 

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