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Webinar: Solar Remote Permitting & Inspection Best Practices @ Online
Oct 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Solar Remote Permitting & Inspection Best Practices: COVID-19 Impacts and Long-Term Potential

Please join MassCEC, MAPC, and SolSmart to learn about best practices on remote permitting and inspection during COVID-19, and the long-term potential of those practices. The webinar will feature guest speakers from three Massachusetts communities; Gardner, Brockton, and Lowell. If you have questions regarding registration, please contact

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Webinar: Pool Testing for COVID-19 @ Zoom Conference
Dec 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Learn more about COVID-19 pool testing efforts underway in the region!
What is pool testing?
“Pool testing”—batching samples together and retesting individually if a result is positive—is a way for municipalities and schools to work together to provide regular, frequent, and cost-effective COVID-19 testing.
In this webinar, we’ll learn about the pool testing program led by Tufts University and the cities of Somerville and Medford; and hear about local pool testing programs in Salem and Wellesley.
Speakers will share more about how they started their pool testing efforts, lessons learned, and what you should know if you’re interested in setting up a pool testing program.
MetroCommon 2050 Research Release: MAPC Zoning Atlas
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

MAPC’s Zoning Atlas, a data product years in the making, makes zoning information for all 101 of the region’s cities and towns available to the public. We invite you to join us to learn more about how to explore, use, and provide feedback on the data, and to hear more about why transparent municipal zoning information is a critical resource for the future of Greater Boston

Brownfields to Brightfields: Unlocking Solar Energy and Equitable Community Development @ Virtual Workshop
May 20 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

MAPC and Groundwork USA invite municipal and agency staff, community organizations and members, and renewable energy developers to join a virtual workshop on the potential of Brownfields to Brightfields (B2B) to advance equitable community development. B2B projects repurpose brownfields sites – land with known or potential hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants – with solar energy installations on ground-mounted arrays, building rooftops, or canopy structures. 

This workshop will share findings on models for B2B projects that advance equity and community benefits, highlighting real-world examples, challenges, and opportunities. Participants will learn about a new mapping tool for identifying potential B2B sites in Massachusetts and have the opportunity to lay the groundwork for future B2B project partnerships. 

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This project was made possible with support from EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization. The event is free and preregistration is required. Register here and contact Julie Curti ( or Adi Nochur ( with any questions.

Webinar: Stretch Code Proposals Info Session for Municipal Stakeholders @ Zoom
Mar 2 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Webinar: Stretch Code Proposals Info Session for Municipal Stakeholders

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 | 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

We will be joined by staff from the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to talk through the integral components of the two straw proposals DOER announced on March 8, 2022. The first proposal is to update the existing Stretch Code, already adopted by 299 municipalities in Massachusetts, and the second is a proposal for a new municipal specialized opt-in “net zero” code, which municipalities will have the option to adopt starting in December 2022.

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Equity in Clean Energy Webinar: Equitable Community Engagement @ Zoom (Virtual)
Apr 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s (MAPC) Clean Energy Department is hosting a webinar on equitable community engagement for its Equity in Clean Energy webinar series. This event will provide an introduction to equitable community engagement in planning, followed by brief introductions from each of our guest speakers and the community engagement work they do in their communities. We will be joined by: 

    • Niri Kumar, Natick Resident
    • Marlees Owayda, Cambridge Community Engagement Manager
    • Lindsay Diaz, Cambridge Community Engagement Team Co-Leader
    • Gail Latimore, Executive Director, CSNDC – Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation

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Questions? Please contact:
Francelis Morillo Suarez

Weaving Language Access into Local Projects: A Guide for Cities & Towns @ Zoom (Virtual)
Feb 28 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for the launch of MAPC’s Access Language Guide for Municipalities, a tool to support establishing your Language Access practices. We are excited to announce that Massachusetts State Senator Sal DiDomenico will be joining us as Keynote Speaker for this event!

Learn about:

  • Developing an understanding of the needs of your linguistic communities and how to respond to them,
  • First steps you can take towards establishing language access in your community,
  • The intersection of Language & Disability Access,
  • How to staff for Language Access, and
  • Language Access and Events, and so much more!

This Guide will help support you in taking your language access work beyond providing interpretation and translation services within your community to:

  • Developing trust with people who speak different languages,
  • Creating opportunities to celebrate people’s cultures,
  • Investing in building the skills of community members.

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Questions? Please contact:
Sasha Parodi ( and
Najee Nunnally (

Accelerating Climate Resilience Webinar: Equitable Engagement with Community Liaisons @ Zoom (Virtual)
Mar 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Accelerating Climate Resilience Webinar: Equitable Engagement with Community Liaisons @ Zoom (Virtual)

In collaboration with MAPC’s Public Health Department, the Equitable Engagement with Community Liaisons webinar will explore how cities are using community-led planning to broaden and deepen engagement with residents. You will hear about projects in three Massachusetts cities leading with equitable community engagement: 

  • Shawn LuzSustainability Coordinator, City of Framingham 
  • Emily SullivanClimate Change Program Manager, City of Somerville 
  • Richard HardingManager, BIPOC Men’s Health and Community Engagement Cambridge Public Health Department 

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Webinar: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Residual Designation Authority Permit @ Zoom (Virtual)
May 15 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

EPA Region 1 continues to work on the development of a permit referred to as an “RDA Permit” – that will regulate stormwater run-off in the Charles, Mystic and Neponset River Watersheds.

In this webinar, the EPA will discuss the background and current development of the RDA permit, the types of actions that the permit will require, and will answer questions. The EPA is particularly interested in hearing from municipalities about how this permit can best be implemented to meet local as well as federal clean water goals.

For those unable to attend the presentation, there will be a chance after the draft permit is issued later this year, to provide comments to the EPA.

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Webinar: Making Dollars and Cents of Direct Pay @ Zoom (Virtual)
Jun 14 @ 12:00 pm

Join us for this webinar which will focus on how your community can take advantage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Direct Pay Program – an opportunity to claim clean energy tax credits.

Hear from the panel of experts who will discuss how to make the most of the Direct Pay program to help your community reach its climate goals:

Emily Brock, Director of the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Federal Liaison Center

Bob LaRocca, Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Federal Funds and Infrastructure Office (FFIO)

Liam Monahan, Green New Deal Development Coordinator/Grant Writer for the City of Boston

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