The Center for Resilient Metro-Region (CRM) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus offers a low-tech approach for municipalities that want to do a climate vulnerability assessment to improve planning and permitting.
The CRM approach focuses on improving resilience to coming climate changes while achieving current city/town goals. CRM recognizes the importance of improving conditions for more vulnerable neighborhoods. We believe that climate resilience, smart growth and livable cities, public health, justice, and economic development can be mutually supportive goals.
The information provided on this website should be enough to get a process started. CRM provides a set of steps to be followed and collection of recommended data sources necessary for a complete assessment. However, if you would like assistance in running your vulnerability analysis/climate resilience process, towns are welcome to contact CRM. We are a state-certified Municipal Vulnerability Planning provider and can help you prepare a plan that will meet state requirements.
Elisabeth M. Hamin, PhD
Professor of Regional Planning
Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Design Building, UMass Amherst
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Dear MVP communities and MVP state-certified providers,
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