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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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MAPC Staff kicks off Envision Duxbury

On Wednesday, November 15, MAPC hosted the first public forum for the Duxbury Comprehensive Master Plan, entitled “Envision Duxbury,” at the Duxbury Free Library. Over 80 Duxbury residents came out to the community forum to voice their priorities for Phase one – Housing, Open Space & Recreation, and Historic & Cultural Resources. The night began with a […]

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The art of Community Building and Economic Development through Art

Hosted on November 6, 2017 Art and Culture Discussion Series #1: Community Building and Economic Development through Art Article written by Mallory Nezam with content provided by Carolyn Lewenberg Community events so rich that draw tens of thousands of people, age-old problems turned into new opportunities that instill local pride—these are just a few of […]

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The Switch to an Electric Vehicle

     Following the Fall Council Meeting, attendees had an exciting opportunity to ride and test drive electric vehicles. The Drive Electric Vehicle Event co-hosted by MAPC and the Department of Energy Resources were both informative and helpful. The event educated participants and even debunked myths surrounding Electric Vehicles. “Well, the Ride and Drive event sucked […]

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Solsmart Designations and Clean Energy Forum Recap

On October 11th, the Clean Energy team engaged over 100 stakeholders at Boston’s District Hall, on how to take a holistic approach to net zero planning & strategies to start achieving net zero goals. The cities of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, and Towns of Concord and Wayland shared their progress and insight on working towards net […]

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2017 Fall Council Meeting and Drive Electric Vehicle Event Recap

    On Wednesday, October 25th, MAPC held its annual Fall Council Meeting at the Quincy Marriott. The meeting brought together over 100 Council Members, staff, and officers; with special guests from the Mann family and City of Quincy’s Mayor Thomas P. Koch. We were delighted to have presented Michelle Ciccolo with the Mayor Theodore Mann Regional […]

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Launch of LEAD and Net Zero Planning Websites

As part of the Clean Energy Team’s new campaign, Zero to 101: Bringing Net Zero to 101 Cities and Towns and Beyond, we launched two web-based resources at our Clean Energy Forum; the Local Energy Action Dashboard and the Net Zero Planning Site. The Local Energy Action Dashboard allows communities to explore and download energy, […]

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