Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation CoalitionMaking Massachusetts Resilient In The Face Of Climate Change

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Contact your state legislators to tell them you support climate adaptation legislation and want to see it passed next session.

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Our Legislative Work

Part of our Coalition’s four-part strategy includes advocating for the passage of legislation preparing Massachusetts for climate change impacts. This legislation identifies where we are most vulnerable and takes measures to protect public health, public safety, and the economy.

An Act Establishing a Comprehensive Adaptation Management Plan in Response to Climate Change (S.2196, filed by Senator Marc Pacheco, D-Taunton, and incorporating the House version filed by Representative Frank Smizik, D-Brookline) would:

  • Establish and commit to sound management practices that take into account existing natural, built, and economic characteristics of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable areas and human populations.
  • Compile data on existing and projected sea level rise.
  • Produce a report documenting the preparedness and vulnerabilities in the Commonwealth’s emergency response, energy, transportation, communications, health, and other systems.
  • Establish an interagency advisory committee supported by technical subcommittees and staff to carry out the plan.
  • Establish a grant program to provide financial assistance to regional planning agencies for the development and implementation of CAMP, including vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy development.
  • 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.

Learn where funding will come from for CAMP's adaptation measures.

Executive Order
Massachusetts made progress in 2016 when Governor Charlie Baker passed an Executive Order directing state officials to develop a statewide climate adaptation plan. However, Massachusetts still needs a long-term, statutorily-required process for climate change preparedness through legislation.

Update: In March 2018, Governor Baker also filed a 5-year, $1.4 billion capital spending budget that provides a major boost for climate-related spending.

More Information

NAIOP, a commercial real estate development association, opposes the CAMP bill and has held up its progress in the House. See their position (pdf) and our detailed response (pdf).