The third session of the MMA’s “Climate Action” webinar series will explore how to design effective community engagement efforts. Panelists include Weston Sustainability Coordinator Julie Gagen (left) and New Bedford Director of Resilience and Environmental Stewardship Michele Paul.

The third session of the MMA’s “Climate Action” webinar series, on April 30, will explore how to design effective community engagement efforts.

Julie Gagen, sustainability coordinator in Weston, and Michele Paul, director of resilience and environmental stewardship in New Bedford, will share best practices for engaging different populations in climate planning and adapting to community needs.

They will share engagement efforts used in their communities, and discuss the importance of routinely re-evaluating the effectiveness of efforts over time. They will also highlight the importance of building community connections and giving residents ownership throughout the process.

Online registration is open for the 75-minute webinar.

The “Climate Action” webinar series explores how climate change impacts municipalities and addresses how municipal officials and staff can take action. The series will continue throughout 2024, with more webinars to be announced in the coming months.

The following topics are under consideration for upcoming webinars: additional climate resilience and adaptation initiatives; grants and funding opportunities; emergency preparedness and response to severe storms; flooding and stormwater impacts; sea-level rise and coastal considerations; decarbonization and electrification efforts, and energy codes. (These topics are subject to change depending on regulatory and legislative activity.)

Only MMA members may register for this webinar. Members include appointed or elected officials from MMA member communities across the state. Media members are not permitted to attend.

For more information, contact MMA Education and Training Coordinator Lily Rancatore at