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MAPC, MyRWA Launch Second Round of COVID-Safe Cooling Program

MAPC and Mystic River Watershed Association Launch Second Round of COVID-Safe Cooling Program In the spring of 2020, people were facing plenty of new challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic: preventing themselves from contracting the disease, conforming to social distancing requirements, wearing face masks, and avoiding indoor gatherings among them. But as the weather got […]

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Climate Roadmap Bill Signed into Law: Here’s Our Summary

Next-Generation Roadmap Bill: What You Need to Know On Friday, Governor Charlie Baker signed the historic “Act creating a next-generation roadmap for Massachusetts climate policy.” This is the culmination of years of efforts by climate advocates, including MAPC, and will help Massachusetts stay at the forefront of US climate policy.   The road to this […]

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MAPC Applauds Gov. Baker for Signing Landmark Climate Bill

For immediate release: Friday, March 26, 2021 BOSTON—The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston released the following statement thanking Gov. Baker for signing the new climate bill into law today. “We at MAPC are thrilled to see this history-making legislation signed into law today. This is a huge win for environmental justice, and will […]

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Video: Sea Level Rise and Underwater Municipal Budgets

On Thursday, March 26, MAPC held the inaugural event in our Accelerating Climate Resiliency Speaker Series. Every other month, we’ll bring experts and practitioners from across the country who can speak to the ways that they are perceiving and advancing resilience. In “Sea Level Rise and Underwater Municipal Budgets,” Dr. Linda Shi, an assistant professor […]

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MAPC Submits Public Comment on Governor Baker’s Interim Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030

For Release: March 23, 2021, at 9 a.m. MAPC Deputy Director Rebecca Davis released the following statement this morning: “MAPC would like to thank the Baker Administration for the opportunity to provide input on the Interim Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030 at this critical juncture in the planning process. As drafted, the plan […]

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Regional Climate Collaboration: A Metro Mayors Celebration

In 2015, the Metro Mayors Coalition – a group of “Inner Core” cities and towns surrounding and including Boston – convened to sign a historic Climate Preparedness Commitment and pledged to work together to prepare the region for climate change. Since then, all 15 Metro Mayors communities have made strides to prepare for climate change, […]

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MAPC releases statement on ‘Next Generation Climate Roadmap’ bill

For immediate release: Thursday, March 18, 2021 BOSTON—The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) today released the following statement regarding the Massachusetts Legislature’s passage of the climate bill, An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy (S.30). “MAPC applauds the Massachusetts Senate and House votes this week to pass legislation that would move our state […]

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Action Alert: Climate Roadmap Bill

Action Alert: Climate Roadmap Bill Email Your Legislators The climate crisis threatens all of us—and especially Massachusetts’ most vulnerable residents. An Act creating a next-generation roadmap for Massachusetts climate policy (S.30) will help shape a stronger climate future that can improve the lives of all Commonwealth residents and accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions–and […]

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DLTA Spotlight: Keep Cool Somerville

Photo Credit: Atais Ribeiro, Keep Cool Somerville Photovoice Participant DLTA Spotlight: Keep Cool Somerville A cooling strategies toolkit for increasingly hot summers Written by Operations Specialist Rachel Marx District Local Technical Assistance, or “DLTA” funds, are state grants distributed among the state’s 13 Regional Planning Agencies (RPAs)—including MAPC—to provide cities and towns with money and […]

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MAPC Joins Boston’s Community Choice Electricity Program

MAPC joins Boston’s Community Choice Electricity Program By Senior Clean Energy and Climate Planner Julie Curti When MAPC staff can head back to the office, they’ll find a greener workplace: our downtown office is now officially a part of the City of Boston’s Community Choice Electricity Program! Also known as green municipal aggregation (GMA), community […]

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