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The Statewide Energy Efficiency Planning Process: Why it is important and How to get involved

You may be most familiar with state energy efficiency programs like MassSave Program, through their ubiquitous branding – but energy efficiency programs provide much more to cities and towns than free LED light bulbs to their residents and business owners. Massachusetts is ranked first in the nation for the quality of its energy efficiency programs in […]

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Sole of Rockland at Rockland Day!

On Saturday, June 16th, MAPC staff attended Rockland Day to help raise money and support for the town’s creative placemaking project, Sole of Rockland. Sole of Rockland is a fully developed, interactive creative placemaking concept and demonstration that will strengthen and support the REiMAGINE ROCKLAND downtown revitalization effort. MAPC engaged Rockland Day attendees through a […]

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Metro Boston is Charging Up: Plug-in to Municipal Best Practices Workshop

Across the Commonwealth, residents are starting to make the switch from gasoline powered vehicles to electric vehicles. However, some remain hesitant to make the switch due to the lack of public charging stations available. One of the biggest fears that electric car owners have is not being able to find a charging station when they […]

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The Impact of Arts and Culture in Public Health

Article Written by Michael Rosenberg with content provided by Carolyn Lewenberg   Art and culture implemented in community spaces through public art and cultural events can have a positive impact on community health in multiple ways. On Monday, April 23, a discussion about Art and Public Health wrapped up the third and final installment of […]

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Cybersecurity & Management: What are you risking?

We leave a digital footprint with everything we do. Data is being generated whenever we use our GPS-equipped smartphones or go on social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. This ever-growing stream of information is the foundation of Big Data that MAPC uses to explore trends, crowdsource, and spur change. The power of data gives […]

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MAPC & Eversource: Next Steps in Peak Demand

On Wednesday, April 4th, MAPC and Eversource hosted a webinar together to share new peak demand reduction opportunities with municipalities who have successfully shed load through MAPC’s peak electricity demand notification program. Municipalities specifically learned about battery storage, thermal storage, software and controls, and active demand response projects to take advantage of this summer 2018.

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Building Capacity for Creative Placemaking

Written by Patricia Walsh at AFTA with additional comments provided by Jennifer Henaghan at APA and Jennifer Erickson at MAPC Creative placemaking has been an ongoing discussion in cities and towns across the country for several years, but where do planners sit in this dialogue? What role does a planner have in the development of […]

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Exploring Art’s role in Green Infrastructure

Article written by Deidra Montgomery, with content provided by Carolyn Lewenberg On Monday, January 29, more than 70 artists, arts administrators, and regional and municipal planners gathered at the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) to learn more about the intersections of public art and the environment. The event, Art and Green Infrastructure, was […]

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Roadmap: How to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Your Community

As electric vehicles gain popularity across the nation, cities and towns can support residents and their municipal fleet in transitioning to all electric by investing in electric vehicle charging stations. With transportation accounting for nearly 40 percent of the Commonwealth’s greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the fuel used by vehicles across the state is critical to […]

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Everett Community Growers Meet to Envision a Sculptural Garden along Northern Strand Community Trail

Written by Mallory Nezam and in collaboration with Everett Community Growers, Carolyn Lewenberg and Kit Un Saturday, December 9th – Drawing families and participants of all ages, more than a dozen community members gathered at the Palin Library Meeting Room in Everett to discuss a proposed public art and urban agriculture project, with a working […]

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