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Housing Production and School Enrollment: Not as Simple as the Birds and the Bees

Please read brief for substantiation and full discussion  Step into a community meeting about a new housing development, and you’re likely to hear a conversation about school enrollment. The question of how many children may live in newly built housing—and how many of those kids might attend the local schools—has become a central part of […]

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New App Helps Inner Core Residents Keep Cool!

Keep Cool this summer! Keepcool.mapc.org In partnership with the Metro Mayor’s Coalition, MAPC’s Digital Services has launched a digital initiative on climate change and heat safety called “Keep Cool.” Residents across the 14 Metro Mayors communities can use an online map (mobile friendly) to find cool public places like swimming pools, spray decks, wading pools, […]

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Municipal Light Departments in Massachusetts: What are they and why should you care?

Quick Link: Municipal Light Plants in Massachusetts: Spotlight on Clean Energy Initiatives For most communities in Massachusetts, electricity is provided by an Investor Owned Utility (IOU) such as National Grid, or Eversource. For some, though, electric power is a governmental service, like sewer or water, provided by a Municipal Light Department or “muni.” There are […]

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Rapid Health Impact Assessments

MAPC’s Public Health Department has been conducting Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) for the past five years. Working with partners like the MA Department of Public Health and Health Resources in Action, MAPC has explored multiple topics through HIA, including public transit, speed limits, housing and mixed-use developments, land use zoning, school building, and funding for […]

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MAPC’s Daily Notifications Help Municipalities Reduce Electricity Bills

This summer, MAPC is piloting a notification program that can help municipalities save big on their electricity accounts by reducing capacity charges. Capacity charges can constitute as much as 20-30% of municipal electricity costs, and the quantity of capacity municipalities are charged for is determined during just a single hour each summer. As a result, […]

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MAPC Homeland Security – Our Story

You may have seen this phrase about MAPC’s Homeland Security work: “MAPC serves as the lead Statewide Fiduciary for the Massachusetts Homeland Security Planning Regions under a grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.” Are you still wondering, “But what do they do??” Here is a breakdown of our Homeland Security […]

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Natural Partners: Community Development and Community Health

          Quick links: Read the full report here. Read an executive summary here Read about MAPC’s work on the CITC HIA and view video MAPC’s public health team is excited to announce the release of the Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) Health Impact Assessment (HIA), a groundbreaking report prepared in partnership […]

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State of Equity in Metro Boston Policy Agenda Release

July 11, 2014, Cambridge, MA: Inspiration and resolve suffused the official release of MAPC’s State of Equity in Greater Boston Policy Agenda. The event, held at and sponsored by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, and sponsored, too, by the Mel King Institute for Community Building and Action for Regional Equity, was crowded with leaders […]

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Annual Council Meeting

MAPC’s Annual Council Meeting, held May 28, 2014, was an occasion for transitions, for well-deserved awards, and for engaging discussion about the agency’s plans for the next five years. The first order of business was to present Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly and Representative Stephen Kulik with MAPC’s Legislator of the Year Award. Senator Donnelly has served […]

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Final Sustainable Communities Consortium Meeting with Keynote Speaker US HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan

Quick links: Video of all speakers Powerpoint of all project posters All event photos     Last week, MAPC celebrated the many accomplishments made possible by our 2009 $4 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant, and to recognize the Sustainable Communities Consortium, partners, and staff who poured their hearts and souls into this work.  We […]

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