MAPC recently conducted a health impact assessment (HIA) with the Oregon Public Health Insitute to help inform an update to HUD's designated housing rule. The rule allows housing authorities to allocate a certain number of public housing units to senior and disabled families.
The Health Impact Assessment looked at several factors, including accessibility and housing affordability, to analyze the rule and make recommendations to optimize the update's public health effects.
Today, we released our new report, "Putting Legacy First: Planning for the Boston 2024 Olympics," jointly with the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and Transportation for Massachusetts. The report urges Olympic planners to "put legacy first." Read full report here.
A new set of maps created using satellite imagery shows the variation in land surface temperature across the MAPC region. The maps were created from two images taken in August of 2010, on a day when the Logan weather station logged a high of 92 degrees. In some spots on this map, the surface reaches 140 degrees—literally hot enough to fry an egg. The map shows that more urban areas are generally hotter than less densely populated areas. However, hot spots are not limited to the urban core.
MAPC is piloting a notification program that can help municipalities save big on their electricity accounts by reducing capacity charges. Capacity charges, which are part of the electricity supply contract, are assessed when the electric grid experiences its highest demand for the year, usually in July or August. The amount of energy being used during the annual peak determines the quantity of capacity a municipality will be charged for in the following year.