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Greater Boston Climate Action Plan

Greater Boston Climate Action Plan: MAPC and Partners are Developing Priority Actions to Reduce Carbon Pollution Across the Region Written by Sasha Shyduroff, Principal Planner, Clean Energy January 17, 2024 – The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and partners are developing a region-wide Greater Boston Action Plan (CAP) that encompasses 167 communities in eastern Massachusetts […]

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MAPC Awards More Than $300k in “Accelerating Climate Resilience” Grants to Nine Municipal Projects

MAPC Awards More Than $300k in “Accelerating Climate Resilience” Grants to Nine Municipal Projects The cities/towns of Acton, Ashland, Boston, Braintree, Cambridge, Chelsea, Framingham, Hopkinton, Hull, Ipswich, Natick, Wayland, and Weston make up the next cohort December 13, 2023 – BOSTON – Nine projects in the greater Boston region have received more than $300,000 to […]

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Equity in Clean Energy and Climate Planning

Equity in Clean Energy and Climate Planning Written by Francelis Morillo Suarez, Clean Energy & Climate Planner I September 14, 2023 – While climate change impacts everyone, it doesn’t impact everyone in the same way. From the urban heat island effect and its connections to historic redlining, to siting affordable housing in flood zones, people […]

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Climate Emergency Communications in Metro West

Climate Emergency Communications in Metro West Written by Sharon Ron, Assistant Director of Public Health August 25, 2023 – The residents of Metro West were concerned; in surveys and focus group conversations, they reflected that climate change was causing more extreme weather and wanted to know, “How can we be ready for climate emergencies?” In […]

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Heat Preparedness Week 2023: Climate Change is a Public Health Issue

Heat Preparedness Week 2023: Climate Change is a Public Health Issue Written by Sasha Shyduroff, Senior Clean Energy and Climate Planner August 21, 2023 – The Greater Boston region is experiencing more frequent and intense heat waves, as well as rising temperatures due to climate change. Just this year, a heat emergency was declared on July […]

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FY 2024 Budget: How MAPC Priorities Fared

FY2024 Budget: How MAPC Priorities Fared MAPC thanks Governor Healey for approving a FY2024 budget that increases or maintains funding for key MAPC priorities, including the District Local Technical Assistance program, Shannon Grant, and more.  August 18, 2023 – Governor Healey signed her first budget into law on August 9. The legislation includes $55.98 billion […]

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MAPC Invites Proposals for the FY2024 Accelerating Climate Resilience Municipal Grants

MAPC Invites Proposals for the FY2024 Accelerating Climate Resilience Municipal Grants The 101 municipalities in the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s region are invited to apply for funding for one-year projects that will help advance their communities’ climate resilience. August 15, 2023 – BOSTON – The Accelerating Climate Resilience (ACR) Municipal Grants program is now accepting […]

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Harnessing Community Science to Better Understand Urban Heat Island Challenges in the MetroWest

Earlier this month, 41 volunteers set out from Framingham State University (FSU) to collect temperature and humidity data along seven different routes, spanning 80 square miles. They conducted temperature data at three different times – a morning shift, afternoon shift, and an evening shift, to capture a comprehensive picture of the region’s temperature variations throughout […]

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Community Liaison Model: An Emerging Best Practice for Community Engagement at the Intersection of Climate and Public Health

Community Liaison Model: An Emerging Best Practice for Community Engagement at the Intersection of Climate and Public Health Written by Julia Nassar, Clean Energy and Climate Planner II, and Sharon Ron, Senior Public Health and Regional Planner  June 27, 2023 – Meaningful climate action requires meaningful, community-driven engagement. Community engagement can build local awareness of […]

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MAPC Statement on new Climate Bank

MAPC Statement on new Climate Bank June 13, 2023 – The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston released a statement in support of the state’s new Climate Bank, established by the Healey-Driscoll Administration today with the goal of supporting affordable housing in climate-friendly developments. “We applaud the Governor and Lieutenant Governor for creating this […]

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