Governor Deval Patrick announced today that MAPC has been awarded funding through the Community Innovation Challenge Grant program to lead projects that will help gateway cities save energy, help Neponset Valley manage stormwater, help Metrowest enhance its bike and pedestrian access, and help cities and towns throughout the state improve communications with residents.
LED Streetlights: MAPC will work with and seven Gateway Cities to complete LED streetlight retrofit projects. Among other benefits, LED streetlights in these communities will reduce municipal streetlight electricity usage by 40 to 60%, resulting in a total of approximately $1.7 million in annual savings for the participating cities. Participants are Brockton, Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, Malden, Westfield Gas and Electric, and Chicopee Electric Light.
Commonwealth Connect: This project will expand on the City of Boston’s previous CIC-funded work to implement the popular Commonwealth Connect app to dozens of cities and towns across the state. The app allows residents to quickly report community issues from potholes to downed tree limbs to local officials, who use the system to more efficiently respond. The grant will expand the app to additional communities and provide additional implementation support.
MetroWest Moves: The project will develop a replicable computer-based Complete Streets Prioritization Tool to enable bicycle and pedestrian components to be factored into municipalities’ capital decision making. The tool will integrate public engagement, facilitate clear decision-making criteria, and ensure that investments are appropriate to existing contexts and environments.
Neponset Valley Regional Stormwater Collaborative: The grant will fund the establishment of an inter-municipal collaborative focused on best practices in stormwater management, including collecting data on impervious surfaces, joint procurement for outfall monitoring, developing a regional database to track permits and maintenance compliance, and a collective review of regulations and zoning that prohibit or limit innovative green infrastructure.
We look forward to working with our partners to make Greater Boston and the entire Commonwealth an even better place to live, work, and play!