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Apply Today: MetroCommon 2050 Community Engagement Advisory Committee

Interested in working with diverse groups of people to help plan for the future of the Greater Boston region? Love community engagement, social media, networking, urban planning, or all of the above? Are you interested in helping marginalized or underserved communities voice their ideas for and concerns about the future? Then you might want to […]

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Getting to Net Zero: How Your Municipality Can Help Improve the Building Code

The building sector is the second-largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Massachusetts. With increasing awareness of the negative health impacts of inefficient buildings and carbon emissions, many municipalities have identified GHG emissions in buildings as an issue that they would like to address more fully within their communities. While cities and towns can […]

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How Did We Do as a Region? Call for Feedback on MetroFuture Wins and Losses

As MAPC ramps up for our regional plan update process, we’re taking a hard last look at MetroFuture – and we need your input. MetroFuture was Greater Boston’s long term regional plan, adopted in 2008. It included a vision for the future, 65 specific goals, and thirteen implementation strategies on topics that ranged from housing to […]

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Q&A with Hortense Gerardo, MAPC’s New Artist-in-Residence

  Hortense Gerardo is a practicing playwright, movement artist, screenwriter, and professor of anthropology and performing arts who joined MAPC as an artist-in-residence in late 2018. As an artist-in-residence, Gerardo will promote creative placemaking and community resilience through art and help bring art and creative thinking to projects across departments. Give us an idea of […]

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MAPC’s 2019-2020 Legislative Priorities

The deadline to file bills for the 2019-2020 Massachusetts legislative session was Friday, Jan. 19. Over 5,000 bills were filed before that date – including several smart growth priorities from MAPC. Our proposals were crafted to address the transportation, climate, and housing challenges in the 101 cities and towns of our region. If enacted, these […]

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Arts & Culture Staff Join Legislative Leadership at Cultural Caucus Kick-Off

Staff from MAPC’s Arts and Culture division joined five other organizations on Wednesday, Jan. 16 to help the Massachusetts Legislature’s Cultural Caucus kick off its efforts for this legislative session. Caucus chairs Sen. Julian Cyr and Rep. Mary Keefe and vice-chairs Sen. Adam Hinds and Rep. Sarah Peake invited MAPC, along with the Mass Cultural […]

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MAPC holds first MetroCommon 2050 Listening Session in Salem

MAPC kicks off 2019 with a MetroCommon 2050 Community Listening Session in Salem on January 8th. Hosted at Salem’s Old Town Hall, in an exhibit-esque format, the event engaged over 100 community members through various thought-provoking and conversational activities. Participants shared their vision of their community and the region as a whole, engaged with MAPC […]

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Massachusetts’ New 3-Year Energy Efficiency Plan and What it Means for your Municipality

For the last eight years, Massachusetts has ranked as the national leader in energy efficiency – but there is still much to do. With the State Legislature’s passage of the Act to Advance Clean Energy in August and a new three-year plan for statewide energy efficiency programs in the works, Massachusetts is preparing to keep […]

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MAPC Wins Planning Awards

Last week, the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-MA) presented MAPC with two awards: the Social Advocacy Award for and the Metropolitan Mayors’ Coalition Regional Housing Task Force and the Outstanding Planning Project Award for MassBuilds, a visual database of development in the Greater Boston region. Earlier this month, MAPC’s Clean Energy team […]

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Roadworks: A Streamlined Digital Platform to Manage Street Openings

Massachusetts has some of the oldest natural gas main infrastructure in the nation, with pipes averaging 60 years old. To replace this pipe and other underground infrastructure, utilities need to navigate a patchwork of paper permits to dig up roads across the state. But they’re not the only crews working on our roads – the […]

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