MAGIC Meeting, focus on Transportation Planning
Nov 2 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

November 2nd 2:30-4:30 for our next MAGIC meeting. To take place at Concord Planning 141 Keyes Road, Concord, MA.

MPO staff will join us and discuss regional transportation planning.

SolSmart Resources Brown Bag @ MAPC Offices, 3rd Floor Conference Room
Jan 23 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
SolSmart Resources Brown Bag @ MAPC Offices, 3rd Floor Conference Room | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

This brown bag is an opportunity for municipalities to learn about resources available through the national SolSmart program. Seven MAPC communities recently received technical assistance from a SolSmart advisor to help them streamline their solar permitting and zoning and to reduce solar soft costs in their communities. You can find out more about SolSmart by visiting:

This event will be hosted at MAPC. Please note that in case of a snow cancellation, we will host the brown bag on Thursday, January 25th instead.

Register here.

MAGIC Legislative Breakfast @ Maynard Golf Course
Apr 10 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

April 10, 2018
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Maynard Golf Course
50 Brown Street | Maynard, MA 01754

The breakfast is an opportunity for members of MAGIC, who include planners and members of the select board, to learn a bit more about the legislative and policy priorities for your districts, and learn about the policy priorities of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s (MAPC) – the regional planning agency that coordinates MAGIC.  Legislators are invited to discuss their accomplishments from the past legislative session, and priorities moving forward.

At this Legislative Breakfast, we will honor U.S. Representative Congresswoman Niki Tsongas for her service. She represents Massachusetts’ 3rd Congressional District, and has served in the House since 2007. In 2018, Congresswoman Tsongas is not seeking re-election, and we will celebrate her service at the breakfast.

RSVP Required! RSVP Here.

New tools for Local Clean Energy Clean Webinar @ WEBINAR
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm


You will receive a link to join the webinar 1-2 days prior to the event.

Presented by Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center, Massachusetts Climate Action Network, 350 Mass for a Better Future, and Massachusetts Sierra Club

A growing number of cities and towns are committing to achieve 100 percent renewable energy and making comprehensive plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions community-wide. Local officials and ordinary citizens, working together at the municipal level, are proving that we can take big steps forward on clean energy no matter what’s happening in Washington, D.C.

In this webinar, we’ll share new resources developed to help residents, elected officials, and municipal staff accelerate progress on clean energy and energy efficiency in their communities.

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Local Energy Action Dashboard (LEAD) provides a snapshot of a city or town’s energy usage and carbon emissions from homes and businesses, helping local leaders prioritize where to take action in order to have the biggest impact. Community Action Planning for Energy Efficiency (CAPEE), developed by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, is an online platform that helps communities identify actionable steps to achieve energy and carbon reduction goals.

Speakers will discuss how residents and local officials can use these resources in their communities. We will also share the Road to 100% Renewable Energy toolkit developed by Mass Power Forward.


  • Megan Aki, Clean Energy Analyst, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)
  • John Balfe, Senior Buildings and Community Solutions Associate, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
  • Ben Hellerstein, State Director, Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center
  • Carol Oldham, Executive Director, Massachusetts Climate Action Network
  • Alan Palm, Director of Organizing, 350 Mass for a Better Future
  • Jacob Stern, Clean Energy Organizer, Massachusetts Sierra Club
NSTF MetroCommon Breakfast & Lunch @ Peabody Institute of Danvers
Nov 15 @ 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Breakfast: 8:30 am – 10:00am

Lunch: 12:00 pm – 1:30pm

TRIC MetroCommon Breakfast & Lunch @ Holiday Inn Boston-Dedham Hotel
Nov 30 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Breakfast: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Lunch: 12 PM – 2:00 PM

MAGIC MetroCommon Breakfast & Lunch @ Battle Road Brew House
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Breakfast: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Lunch: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

North Shore Community Listening Session @ Old Town Hall - Salem
Jan 8 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Some issues are bigger than any one neighborhood, city, or town. And they’re bigger than the North Shore.

Transportation, housing, climate, jobs, equity, and more: your community is working with the region to plan a better future – together. We need you to tell us what you want the region to be like, long term.

MAPC is helping the people who live, work, and play in the Greater Boston region develop MetroCommon 2050, a long-range plan for their future.

This free event will be Open House-style: family-friendly, fun, and interactive! Drop in any time between 3 and 8 p.m. to tell learn more and tell us what you think. Light refreshments will be available.

Can’t make it to this listening session? Watch the MetroCommon 2050 event page to learn about more:

RSVPs are encouraged so we have a rough head count, but not necessary to come! RSVP here:

Exploring the Government’s Role in Segregation with Richard Rothstein @ Wilson Middle School
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Exploring the Government's Role in Segregation with Richard Rothstein @ Wilson Middle School | Natick | Massachusetts | United States

Don’t miss this first event in MAPC’s MetroCommon Speaker Series! Join us for an invigorating lecture and discussion with the nationally-renowned Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law, about how government-imposed segregation laid the groundwork for today’s racial divisions in cities and suburbs, alike.

Please RSVP here.

Learn more about MetroCommon 2050 here.

MAGIC November Meeting
Nov 7 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

141 Keyes Road, Concord MA, first floor conference room