Planning101: Environment


Planning101 is a space for MAPC staff to share their wealth of knowledge on topics related to smart growth and regional collaboration. This blog covers a diverse range of issues that include transportation, clean energy, land use, environment, public health, local government, equity, the innovative usage of public data, and the process of creating digital tools.

keep cool somerville fountain

DLTA Spotlight: Keep Cool Somerville

March 3, 2021

Photo Credit: Atais Ribeiro, Keep Cool Somerville Photovoice Participant DLTA Spotlight: Keep Cool Somerville Written by Operations Specialist Rachel Marx […]

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Photo shows a parking lot under several inches of water, with cars still parked.

Accelerating Climate Resiliency Grants: Proposals Due Feb. 26

February 1, 2021

MAPC is offering another round of Accelerating Climate Resiliency Grants to help municipalities advance strategies that protect people, places, and […]

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Highway Traffic at Sunset

MAPC Issues Statement on Trump Administration Rollback of Fuel Efficiency Standards

April 2, 2020

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) today issued a statement responding to weakened fuel efficiency standards announced by the Trump […]

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MAPC MetroCommon 2050 Clean Energy Climate Equity Forum Schools of Thought Installation

Videos: Voices on Climate

December 18, 2019

Voices on Climate Change “Cape Cod was named for the codfish, and now we don’t see any codfish anymore,” observes […]

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A bioswale in the median of a road is full of plants to absorb rainwater.

A Vision for Green Infrastructure in the Region

September 26, 2019

Bioswale | Photo via Aaron Volkening, Flickr Stormwater runoff is one the major contributors of pollution in our waterways on […]

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Colorful board on which participants wrote their ideas about how to beat extreme heat

Wicked Hot Boston: Documenting Extreme Heat in the Greater Boston Area

June 19, 2019

As public schools let out this week in Greater Boston, summer fun is on people’s minds and many are planning […]

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