Looking for information on MAPC’s official meetings and legal notices? Find it here.

Local Guidelines for Resilient, Efficient, and Affordable Buildings @ Zoom (Virtual)
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Melrose, Malden, and Medford worked with the MAPC to collaboratively develop sustainable and resilient building design guidelines for residential and mixed-use developments and retrofits. These voluntary guidelines will help these communities encourage developers to build more more affordable housing that is energy-efficient and climate-resilient.

Join us for an interactive webinar on April 26 at 12:00 p.m. to learn about the guidelines and hear from the communities about how they plan to use them to shape green, affordable development. 

Register here.

Water, Water Everywhere: The Increasing Threat of Stormwater Flooding in Greater Boston @ Zoom (Virtual)
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Water, Water Everywhere: The Increasing Threat of Stormwater Flooding in Greater Boston @ Zoom (Virtual)

MAPC is releasing new research that analyzed 27,000 flood claims from the historic March 2010 storms that dropped 18 inches of rain across Eastern Massachusetts. $59m in disaster assistance was paid out. We found that only 4% of disaster claims were located in FEMA 1% chance flood zones. With the prospect of more frequent and severe storms due to a changing climate, what can local, state, and the federal government do to better understand, prepare for, and minimize flooding and flood damage?

Presenters and panelists:

  • Anne Herbst, Principal Environmental Planner – retired, MAPC
  • Mia Mansfield, Director of Climate Adaptation and Resilience, MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Jason Mammone, P.E., Director of Engineering, Town of Dedham
  • Van Du, Senior Environmental Planner, MAPC – Moderator

Following this event, all registrants will receive a copy of the report via email.

Register to join us for this webinar here!

Boston Urban Agriculture Strategy | Artist Informational Session @ Zoom (Virtual)
Jun 6 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Please join the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) for an information session and Q&A for artists interested in the Boston Urban Agriculture Community Events Activation Call for Artists. 

Target Audience: Artists in the Roxbury, Mattapan, Dorchester, and East Boston areas. 

Register Here!

The Boston Urban Agriculture Strategy is a project in partnership between MAPC, GrowBoston (the City of Boston’s urban agriculture initiative), and the Urban Farming Institute (UFI). The project aims to increase food production in the City with a particular focus on the neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and East Boston. Learn more. . .

Webinar: Arts and Culture Federal Funding Opportunities @ Zoom (Virtual)
Jun 29 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Join the MAPC Arts & Culture department to learn about federal funding opportunities for cultural planning projects — specifically the Our Town grant program from the National Endowment for the Arts. We’ll talk about some of the types of projects covered by this grant, the upcoming associated deadlines, and hear from the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.


  • Kara Elliott-Ortega, Chief of Arts and Culture, City of Boston Mayor’s Office
  • Hannah Gathman, Senior Regional Arts and Culture Planner, MAPC
  • Annis Sengupta, Director of Arts and Culture, MAPC

Register to join us here!

POSTPONED! Virtual Public Meeting: Beachmont Fire Station Arts and Culture Concept Plan @ Zoom (Virtual)
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
POSTPONED! Virtual Public Meeting: Beachmont Fire Station Arts and Culture Concept Plan @ Zoom (Virtual)

This meeting has been postponed to a later date and time still to be determined. Once it has been determined, this posting will be updated to reflect the new date and time. Thank you for your understanding!

Revere residents:

What kinds of arts and cultural community space do you want at the old Beachmont Fire Station on Winthrop Ave? Join us for this virtual conversation to learn what we’ve heard from the project Working Group, community focus groups, and the project survey, and let us know what you think!

Join us for this virtual community-focused conversation. Register here
Meeting materials and presentation will be in English, Spanish, and Arabic.

Find more information about this project here:

Webinar: Accelerating Climate Resilience​ Municipal Grant Program @ Zoom (Virtual)
Aug 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Webinar: Accelerating Climate Resilience​ Municipal Grant Program @ Zoom (Virtual)

Join us for an informational webinar about the next round of MAPC’s Accelerating Climate Resilience Municipal Grants which is launching the Invitation for Proposals on August 15!

MAPC is launching this next round to help advance strategies that protect people, places, and communities from the impacts of climate change. 

Register for the informational webinar

For more information about the ACR grant program, please visit the program webpage

Accelerating Climate Resilience Speaker Series: Exploring Ways to Strengthen Community Resilience with Microgrids
Sep 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Accelerating Climate Resilience 2023 Speaker Series continues on September 7th from 12-1pm. Join us to learn more about microgrids, including what they are, how community-driven microgrids provide resilient energy, how they serve as a community aid disaster response, and about their connection to climate resilience planning. You’ll hear from two leaders who are pursuing a resilient future for their communities.

Open to all, be sure to register for the Zoom event here:

Sari Kayyali, Microgrid Manager, GreenRoots Inc.
Arturo Massol-Deyá, Executive Director, Casa Pueblo de Adjuntas

For Our Mother, For Our Children: Introduction to Indigenous Worldviews on Climate Resilience
Sep 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Part of the “Rooted in Nature: Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Resiliency” online speaker series, this session serves as an introduction to indigenous kinship systems and how it informs how Tribal Nations and Peoples perceive climate health and how it informs the approach to solutions. Guest speaker: Ryann Monteiro.

Register Here

Attempts to engage Tribal Nations are generally well-intended but under-informed. A general lack of understanding of Indigenous worldviews and tribal sovereignty has often led to “one size fits all” solutions that do not fit the needs, wants, or desires of that community. Layered with a history of non-indigenous entities utilizing extractive practices in their relationships, the result has been a legacy of distrust. In response to this, many tribes are highly selective in who they work with and why as they seek to protect the very things that have been, and currently are, under threat: their land, language, culture, families, and sacred teachings.

Equitable Access to Clean Energy Technologies: Models for EV Equity Webinar
Sep 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s (MAPC) Clean Energy Department is hosting its final webinar for its Equity in Clean Energy webinar series. This event will focus on equitable access to clean energy technologies, specifically models for EV (electric vehicle) equity. 

Join us to learn about a local equity-focused EV Carsharing model, EV charging infrastructure at multi-unit dwellings, and to hear about the MAPC Transportation Department’s work in this area. 

There will then be an opportunity for Q&A.

Register here:

Indigenous Land Conservation, Water Preservation and Cultural Respect
Sep 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Part of the “Rooted in Nature: Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Resiliency” online speaker series, this talk focuses on the power of indigenous land management practices that have taken place for thousands of years, and the importance of traditional ecological knowledge in the preservation of these native ecological systems that have been severely damaged by human and industry impact for hundreds of years. Guest speaker: Leslie Jonas

Register Here

Currently, the condition of the water is critical as our waterways are sick and dying. This current condition threatens the lifeways of the local indigenous people who have lived and thrived in these natural environments for millenia. Concepts like Rewilding were introduced to reverse biodiversity loss but can exclude the local traditional ecological knowledge systems that have kept the natural world in balance since time immemorial.