Top
Local Energy Planning

MAPC

Promoting Smart Growth & Regional Planning

Climate and Energy Action Plans

Climate and energy action plans, including net-zero and energy reduction plans, detail specific steps for a city, town, or region to use to combat and mitigate the effects of climate change.
Planners will look over a town’s specific resources, energy use, emissions, geography, demographics, health indicators, and more to make program and policy suggestions and lay out implementation steps.

 

Participating communities receive technical assistance from MAPC to plan for and launch innovative and financially sustainable projects that reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in the municipal, residential, and commercial sectors. MAPC provides technical assistance to communities to create and implement a local energy action plan, which includes an inventory of municipal and community-wide energy use and expenditures and past energy activities. For examples of energy action strategies addressed by LEAP, download our Municipal Energy Opportunities checklist.

MAPC can help with climate and energy action plans through our Local Energy Action Planning (LEAP) program. Participating communities receive technical assistance from MAPC to plan for and launch innovative and financially sustainable projects that reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in the municipal, residential, and commercial sectors. MAPC provides technical assistance to communities to create and implement a local energy action plan, which includes an inventory of municipal and community-wide energy use and expenditures and past energy activities. For examples of energy action strategies addressed by LEAP, download our Municipal Energy Opportunities checklist.

As part of the program, MAPC works with municipal officials and community stakeholders to establish energy reduction goals and to identify strategies for reaching these goals. The projects undertaken through the Local Energy Action Program support MAPC's MetroFuture goals of creating healthy environments with decreased consumption of energy. Energy strategies and projects initiated through this program vary based on the extent to which each community has previously engaged in clean energy work.

Through LEAP, MAPC works with municipal officials and local community stakeholders, such as energy committee members, residents, businesses, chambers of commerce, and housing authorities, to establish energy reduction goals and to identify strategies for reaching these goals.

Additionally, MAPC works to build relationships and collaborations between local and municipal stakeholders and leaders in the clean energy sector. LEAP program partners include:

MAPC is seeking information from potential program partners who can help implement local energy action strategies in cities and towns by leveraging a partnership with leaders in municipal government. Interested parties please contact Nicole Sanches at nsanches@mapc.org.

Energy-Use or Greenhouse Gas Inventories and Baselines

Before identifying energy goals and implementation strategies, municipalities should have an understanding of the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in their communities as a whole.

MAPC can help towns and cities build an energy use and/or emissions profile of their communities as a whole, including the municipal, residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. Because residential, commercial, and industrial data is currently not available at the municipal level from utilities, MAPC can help build a profile based on census data, labor statistics, and building energy survey analyses. 

Community outreach and visioning

Throughout the planning process for any of the changes that MAPC helps communities develop, we can provide assistance with community outreach and engagement. We help plan and execute forums, develop, distribute, and analyze surveys, create focus groups, and use various forms of media to keep the public informed about the planning process and solicit input.