Webinar: Planning & Implementing Climate Smart Parks in Massachusetts
Jul 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

This webinar will discuss climate-smart parks in Metro Boston, covering the available tools, data analysis, and planning and design strategies for successful implementation. The Trust for Public Land and Metropolitan Area Planning Council developed and implemented a Climate Smart Parks data analysis and mapping tool to help Massachusetts towns plan and design urban parks and green infrastructure installations to support urban climate resilience. The metro-Boston city of Medford will showcase these tools and strategies in action with a real-world climate-resilient green infrastructure case study developed and implemented through the Metro Mayors Program.

  • Brendan Shane, Director of Climate, The Trust for Public Land
  • Darci Schofield, Senior Environmental Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • Alicia Hunt, Sustainability Director, City of Medford, MA

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Codes for Climate Webinar @ Online Webinar
Aug 20 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The next deadline for the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) voting cycle is coming up on September 23rd and we want to make sure you have the tools and information you need to complete your voter validation and to get ready for the vote itself. MAPC is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, August 20th from 12:30 to 1:30 PM. Please join us to hear about the next steps in the voting process and other updates on Codes for Climate efforts locally and nation-wide!

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MAPC is working to make our building code better for the climate, healthy and safe for the people living and working in buildings, and more energy-efficient. Buildings account for approximately one-third of our GHG emissions as a state. By constructing and retrofitting these structures in a more energy-efficient manner, we will not only improve our climate, but also enhance the quality of life of our residents. To learn more about how MAPC is supporting our municipalities to improve the building code, visit our Codes for Climate page.

Webinar: Clean Heating and Cooling Opportunities for MA Municipalities @ Online webinar
Sep 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Webinar: Clean Heating and Cooling Opportunities for MA Municipalities @ Online webinar

Join MAPC on Wednesday, September 11, from 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM, for a free webinar on our new white paper, Hot, Cool, Clean: Clean Heating and Cooling Opportunities for Massachusetts Municipalities. 

Across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, municipalities are embracing clean heating and cooling systems as important tools for reducing their energy costs and their greenhouse gas emissions. With recent technological advancements and evolving markets, air-source heat pumps, ground-source humps, and solar thermal have emerged as viable alternatives to fossil-fuel heating systems. Hot, Cool, Clean: Clean Heating and Cooling Opportunities for Massachusetts Municipalities highlights the technologies that are providing municipalities with cost-effective, low-carbon solutions for their heating and cooling needs. Join MAPC for this webinar to learn more about the incentives available to municipalities interested in clean heating and cooling and to hear from municipal leaders who have installed these systems.

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Webinar: Responding to Food Insecurity During the COVID-19 Crisis @ Online
Apr 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
How can municipal leaders and officials support families and individuals experiencing food insecurity — and what are federal, state, and municipal leaders in Massachusetts already doing? We’ll discuss federal and state-level actions to respond to food insecurity, support and resources for cities and towns, and what governments at all levels can do to respond.
Join us on Friday, April 17 at 11 a.m.
Meeting ID: 999 5196 0358
Password: 014150
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Webinar: The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap @ Online
Apr 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

COVID-19-related unemployment could cause a massive housing crisis in Massachusetts. 468,000 Massachusetts residents filed unemployment claims in the first three weeks of the COVID crisis.

Who has been laid off? How many are now at risk of eviction or foreclosure? Will CARES Act assistance help? What about those who don’t qualify for federal aid? Join MAPC staff for a virtual discussion of our research brief, “The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap.”

On April 21, MAPC is releasing an update to “The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap” with the latest unemployment data.

At this webinar on April 22, MAPC Data Services Director Tim Reardon and Socioeconomic Analyst II Sarah Philbrick will discuss the updated data–and what it means for workers, municipalities, and the Commonwealth.

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Webinar: Virtual Meeting Best Practices @ Webinar
May 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

How do you facilitate an engaging digital meeting? MAPC Community Engagement staff will discuss tools and give advice for running digital forums, managing technology, coordinating participation, and achieving your meeting goals.

Click here to register for the webinar and learn more.

Essential Trips: A COVID-19 Response Discussion for Local Transit Providers
May 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Local transportation providers, such as Councils on Aging, operators of municipal shuttle programs, and transportation management associations, are lifelines for many in the Boston region. The impact of COVID-19 on these essential services has been widespread. You are invited to a discussion dedicated to the needs of these transportation providers in the Boston region. This forum will be a space for providers to discuss, learn, and collaborate on COVID-19 responses.

Co-hosted by CTPS and MAPC.


Learn about more COVID-related webinars here.

Webinar: Supporting Small Businesses, Offsetting Unemployment @ Zoom Conference
May 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

With non-essential businesses closed and over half a million unemployment claims, Massachusetts’ economy is feeling the effects of COVID-19. How can municipalities support small businesses as they reopen and respond to unemployment in their communities?

Learn more about MAPC COVID-19 webinars here.

Register for this webinar here.

Webinar: Shared Streets and Spaces—Navigating MassDOT’s New Grant Program @ Zoom
Jun 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Hosted in partnership with the Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies (MARPA) and MassDOT

Hear from MassDOT, the Barr Foundation, and the Operational Services Division on how cities and towns can apply for the new MassDOT Shared Streets and Spaces grant program.

In addition to an overview of the program from MassDOT, we will learn more about the technical assistance available through the Barr Foundation and representatives from the Operation Services Division will discuss how municipalities may purchase materials needed for their pilots using OSD’s statewide contracts.

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Webinar: Virtual Town Meetings @ Webinar
Aug 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
MAPC Webinar: Virtual Town Meeting—Emerging Practices, Lessons Learned & Plans for Fall

Is your municipality considering a Virtual Town Meeting for the Fall? In this webinar, we will showcase how two municipalities, Lexington and Stoughton, leaned into successfully going virtual! They will share how they went about their Spring Representative Town Meeting, how they kept technology from being a barrier, the tools they used, lessons learned and preparations for the Fall.


  • Jim Malloy, Town Manager, Town of Lexington
  • Sean Dugan, Public Information Officer, Town of Lexington
  • Robin Grimm, Town Manager, Town of Stoughton
  • Trish Shropshire, Director of Information Technology, Town of Stoughton