Moving from her compelling history as an environmental scientist, she turned to discuss how Massachusetts is handling climate resilience. She cited that among the ambitious goals that Massachusetts has set for handling climate change are strong environmental justice protections, more energy efficient appliances, and net zero carbon emissions by 2050. She especially mentioned the MVP Communities program, which was created by her team to advance these goals. The program focuses on preparing communities for the harmful effects of climate change, which includes restoring wetlands, protecting open space, and reinforcing harbors. Another project she has been working on with the Governor is the modernization of sewer infrastructure to be climate resilient. She showed the fellows several locations across Massachusetts where roads had caved in around sewage pipes in the wake of storms and described how her department works to repair and give aid to these areas.
Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Kathleen Theoharides