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Massachusetts House and Senate Pass Comprehensive Climate Legislation

Massachusetts House and Senate Pass Comprehensive Climate Legislation  Photo by Aubrey Odom-Mabey, Unsplash For Immediate Release: Thursday, July 21 2022 The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is pleased that the Legislature has passed a comprehensive climate package that will positively impact our region’s environment, infrastructure, economy, and public health. We thank both the House and Senate […]

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Heatwaves: How Extreme Heat Impacts Students and Educators

SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER As schools across the region wrap up their academic year and get excited for summer, others are planning for future heatwaves and how to protect students, teachers, and staff from extreme heat. Last summer, when Massachusetts experienced two early heatwaves (defined as 3-days or more over 90 degrees) in June, schools […]

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Keeping Metro Boston Cool: Building a Heat Resilient Region

Take the Survey! How do you experience heat? How do you cool down? We’re working with the Metro Mayors Coalition to create a plan to address heat-related health concerns and reduce heat islands in Metro Boston. We need to hear from you! Take the Survey KEEPING METRO BOSTON COOL Extreme heat days, days over 90 […]

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Heat Preparedness Week 2022: Take Action Today

In the Greater Boston region, we’re experiencing more frequent and intense heat waves, as well as rising temperatures due to climate change. Scientists predict we could experience up to 40 days over 90 degrees by 2030.     This critical issue must continue to be elevated across the region for members of the public, policy makers, and decision-makers. Community-centered planning and […]

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MAPC Launches “MetroCommon 2050: Shaping our Region Together”

Flanked by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, MA-07, and scores of public officials and stakeholders from across Greater Boston this week, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) officially unveiled a land use and public policy blueprint designed to put the region on a course toward a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous future.

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MAPC Launches “MetroCommon 2050: Shaping our Region Together”

Screenshot of the MetroCommon 2050 Digital Hub. Click to open. MAPC Launches ‘MetroCommon 2050: Shaping our Region Together’ New long-range land use and public policy plan offers a vision and practical steps toward a more equitable and resilient future for Greater Boston BOSTON – May 5, 2022– Flanked by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, MA-07, and scores […]

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Saying No to Diesel: Engaging Educators and Students in the Energy Transition

Photo via Highland Electric Fleets What’s better than working toward a zero-carbon energy transition? Working toward a zero-carbon energy transition that engages educators, students, and other community members. The U.S. electricity grid is a large, complicated system. Sometimes a future where we no longer use fussil fuels or emit  huge amounts of greenhouse gases seems […]

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Extreme Heat Impacts Workers. Climate Change is Making it Worse.

Climate change is producing more intense and frequent heat waves, and scientists project that Metro Boston will experience upwards of 40 days over 90 degrees by 2030. While everyone is impacted by extreme heat, some are more at risk of heat-related illnesses and death, including people who work outdoors, people whose workplaces don’t have air […]

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Statement: New ‘stretch’ energy code draft released by DOER

Friday, February 11, 2022 The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston today issued the following statement in response to the new stretch energy code released in draft today by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER): “MAPC applauds the high level of energy efficiency reflected in the code proposals announced, both in the update to […]

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Reducing Energy Burden: Resources for Low-Income Residents

Imagine: It’s January and you are sitting in your living room with the heater running during the first snowfall of the winter. You are worried about how high your electricity bill will be next month, but it’s too cold not to run the heater. You suspect your apartment is not well insulated, because the heat […]

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