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Public Health and Equity Impact of Climate Change Highlighted as Regional Organizations Launch Summer Heat Preparedness Week

Public Health and Equity Impact of Climate Change Highlighted as Regional Organizations Launch Summer Heat Preparedness Week Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Museum of Science & Mystic River Watershed Council initiative will inform Greater Boston communities about extreme heat risks and solutions For immediate release: May 25, 2021 BOSTON – With memories of last summer’s record […]

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Heat Preparedness Week 2021: Take Action Today

Heat Preparedness Week 2021 In the Greater Boston region, we’re experiencing more frequent and intense heat waves, as well as generally rising temperatures. 2020 marked the hottest summer globally, with 14 days over 90 degrees in Boston. By the 2030s, scientists predict we could more than double that and have 41 days of 90 degrees due to […]

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Grant Opportunity: Extreme Heat Preparedness Engagement

Grant Opportunity: Extreme Heat Preparedness Engagement By the time spring rolls around in New England, warm weather can feel a bit like coming out of hibernation, especially after the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. But as the leaves fill out the trees, flowers bloom, and warmer weather returns, New Englanders throw off their coats and get outside. […]

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Announcing MetroCommon May

MetroCommon 2050 is the next land use and policy plan for the people who live and work in Greater Boston. At its core will be bold, actionable recommendations. These recommendations – especially for state and local government – will play a critical role in reaching our goals in the next 10, 20, and 30 years.   […]

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Earth Week at MAPC: Events and Project Highlights

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans – 10 percent of the United States’ population – demonstrated to raise awareness of air, water, and soil pollution and to support federal and state environmental protection mandates. This remains the largest single day of protest in U.S. history.   Many point to this day – Earth Day – […]

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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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MAPC Teams Up With Artists on COVID Communications

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) will work with artists to reach underserved communities with COVID-related public health messages, including the importance of getting vaccinated. Over the next few months, nine artists and artist teams will create posters, videos, postcards, public art, comic strips and other accessible artworks that can be used by health agencies, […]

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MAPC Teams up with Artists on COVID Communications

MAPC Teams Up with Artists on COVID Communications For immediate release: Friday, March 26, 2021  The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) will work with artists to reach underserved communities with COVID-related public health messages, including the importance of getting vaccinated. Over the next few months, nine artists and artist teams will create posters, videos, postcards, […]

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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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Grant Opportunity for Artists: Creative COVID-19 Communications

Grant Opportunity for Artists: Creative COVID-19 Communications MAPC is seeking artists, designers, and creatives to produce creative, culturally resonant communications about COVID-19 and vaccinations. We hope to work with artists, designers, and creatives to communicate about the pandemic with BIPOC and underserved communities through graphic design, film, illustration, and other creative products. The deadline to […]

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