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Local Energy & Climate Planning

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Local Energy & Climate Planning

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 community's specific resources, energy use, emissions, geography, demographics, health indicators, and more to make program and policy suggestions and lay out implementation steps.

MAPC can provide technical assistance 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 works with municipal officials and local community stakeholders, such as sustainability 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.

These projects support MAPC's MetroFuture goals of creating healthy environments and decreasing consumption of energy. These projects also advance MAPC’s strategic objective to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the physical, environmental, and social impacts of climate change across the region. Energy strategies and projects initiated through this program vary based on the extent to which each community has previously engaged in clean energy work.

Local Energy Action Plan

MAPC can provide technical assistance to communities to create an inventory of municipal and community-wide energy use and expenditures and past energy activities. Local Energy Action Plans contain short- and long-term goals, strategies to reach those goals, and a plan to implement selected measures. Learn more.

Local Energy Action Dashboard

With MAPC’s Local Energy Action Dashboard, all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts can examine their community-wide energy use baselines and compare their energy consumption and emissions to other Massachusetts municipalities’ profiles with the click of a button. Learn more.

Net Zero Action Plan

MAPC can provide technical assistance to communities to create and implement a local net zero action plan. Net Zero Action Plans include an inventory of municipal and community-wide emissions, short- and long-term goals, strategies to reach those goals, and a plan to implement selected measures. Learn more.

Our LEAP program is driven by the fundamental services we can provide communities to understand energy-use and emissions, share best practices with peers, and engage key stakeholders throughout the planning and implementation processes.

Energy-Use Baselines and Greenhouse Gas Inventories

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 more granular profile based on census data, labor statistics, and building energy survey analyses. Contact the Clean Energy Team for more information.

Knowledge Sharing, Awareness Building, and Education

Throughout the planning or implementation process to advance clean energy goals, MAPC can provide assistance with engagement, best practices and analysis, and informational workshops. We help plan and execute forums; develop, distribute, and analyze research; and use various forms of media to keep stakeholders informed about clean energy innovation and programs. Contact the Clean Energy Team for more information.