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Help Envision the Future of Middleton with the Masterplan 300 Survey

Do you live or work in Middleton? Are you interested in helping to envision what the community’s future should look like? Middleton residents are also encouraged to take a visioning survey.

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How Municipalities Are Saving Money and Energy through MAPC’s Peak Demand Notification Program

For most of us, paying for electricity means paying for what we use. Municipalities do that, too, but they also have to pay something called a capacity charge for their large accounts. This is a charge assessed by ISO-New England, the grid operator, to ensure account holders pay in proportion to their usage and that […]

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New App Helps Inner Core Residents Keep Cool!

Keep Cool this summer! Keepcool.mapc.org In partnership with the Metro Mayor’s Coalition, MAPC’s Digital Services has launched a digital initiative on climate change and heat safety called “Keep Cool.” Residents across the 14 Metro Mayors communities can use an online map (mobile friendly) to find cool public places like swimming pools, spray decks, wading pools, […]

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Municipal Light Departments in Massachusetts: What are they and why should you care?

Quick Link: Municipal Light Plants in Massachusetts: Spotlight on Clean Energy Initiatives For most communities in Massachusetts, electricity is provided by an Investor Owned Utility (IOU) such as National Grid, or Eversource. For some, though, electric power is a governmental service, like sewer or water, provided by a Municipal Light Department or “muni.” There are […]

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Rapid Health Impact Assessments

MAPC’s Public Health Department has been conducting Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) for the past five years. Working with partners like the MA Department of Public Health and Health Resources in Action, MAPC has explored multiple topics through HIA, including public transit, speed limits, housing and mixed-use developments, land use zoning, school building, and funding for […]

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MAPC Partners with Tufts University on Food Access Mapping

Staff from MAPC’s Public Health and Data Services departments partnered with students from Tufts University this spring to analyze access to healthy food across Massachusetts. Food access is a fundamental element to healthy neighborhoods. Where communities face barriers to getting their grocery needs met, people are less healthy, and obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related illnesses […]

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Communities Find New Ways to Access Cleaner, More Affordable Energy

By Cammy Peterson, Clean Energy Director at MAPC. Cross-posted from the Barr Foundation blog. How leading cities and towns in Massachusetts are scaling up renewable energy while bringing cost savings to their residents. When your electricity bill comes in the mail, do you think about changing your supplier? Massachusetts customers have been able to choose […]

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Food Planning for the 21st Century

In December 2015 MAPC and allies released the first food policy plan for the state of Massachusetts since the 1970s. The Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan is a planning guide rich with recommendations for the 21st century economy, from fishing towns to food trucks and urban and rural farms. Background In 2013, the Massachusetts Food Policy Council engaged […]

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City of Cambridge Business Continuity & Emergency Preparedness Planning

MAPC and the City of Cambridge Community Development Department (CDD) partnered in February 2015 to develop post-emergency business continuity and emergency preparedness strategies for small businesses in Cambridge. All businesses are vulnerable to both natural and man-made disasters, but businesses that have prepared and made recovery plans survive with comparatively minimal loss and/or disruption of […]

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NERAC Cache Equipment Deployment Table Top Exercise

MAPC serves as the Statewide Fiduciary for the four Massachusetts Homeland Security Regions under a grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). Additionally, MAPC provides planning and facilitation services for the Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC). On September 21st, 2015, the NERAC hosted the Cache Equipment Deployment Tabletop […]

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