Metro West Climate Equity

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Metro West Climate Equity

Metro West Climate Equity

The Towns of Ashland and Natick and the City of Framingham have partnered on a project focused on the intersection of climate change and equity, called The Metro West Climate Equity Project. 

The project will take place from Fall 2021 to 2023 and has three goals: 

  1. Build lasting relationships with Metro West Environmental Justice (EJ) communities that will facilitate long-term engagement on climate change resilience and action 
  2. Learn from the community about how they experience climate change and what their climate priorities are, and update local plans and direct funding to reflect findings.
  3. Increase city and town staff’s knowledge of climate equity through training and improve their capacity to support and engage Environmental Justice communities

Support for this project comes from the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program, which “provides support for Massachusetts cities and towns to begin the process of planning for climate change resiliency and implementing priority projects." 

Questions? To learn more about the Metro West Climate Equity Project contact Sharon Ron at

Map of Environmental Justice Areas: Ashland, Framingham, and Natick

Map of EJ neighborhoods in Ashland, Natick, and Framingham. EJ neighborhoods are more likely to be home to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC); lower-income households; and people who are non-native English speakers.

Climate Conversations

In 2022, a team of resident researchers, called the Community Climate Liaisons, came together to talk about climate change and the challenges they face. This team lead two phases of Climate Conversations: 

Climate Conversations SurveyShared in-person and online, the survey explored how climate change is impacting residents and local climate action 

Climate Action ConversationsLiaisons gathered friends, families, and colleagues to talk about local climate action and resilience. Conversations focused on 4 priority areas:  

  1. Emergency planning 
  2. Equitable clean energy & energy efficiency programs 
  3. Making it easier to get around without a car 
  4. Improving access to lakes/ponds to cool off 

The Climate Conversation outreach focused on connecting with residents living in Environmental Justice communities, whose residents are on the frontlines of climate change and who often experience barriers to participating in municipal processes. 

Metro West Climate Vulnerability & Resilience

Vulnerability factors are characteristics that reduce our ability to adapt to or cope with climate change impacts once we are exposed.  

Resilience factors are characteristics that increase our ability to adapt to or cope with climate change impacts. 

Graphic of Climate Equity Vulnerability Factors

Interested in learning more about climate equity in Ashland, Natick, and Framingham?