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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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MAPC 2015 Fall Council Meeting

MAPC’s October 29 Fall Council Meeting was teeming with optimism as attendees were invited to celebrate the agency’s successes and look positively toward the future of planning in the Greater Boston region. MAPC President Lynn Duncan opened the meeting at The University of Massachusetts Boston Campus Center Ballroom by inviting the University Chancellor, Dr. J […]

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Immigrant Entrepreneurs Revitalizing Malden: A Story Tour

America is a nation of immigrants – it’s a sentiment that’s widely expressed yet somehow seems easily forgotten. Whether you prefer the metaphor of a melting pot or a tossed salad, the basic illustration remains the same: immigrants are the unique fabric of our country. As a young nation, America’s history is one shaped by […]

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Preparing for Emergency: Cape Ann Table Top Exercise

It was a table-top exercise intended to test the capability of the five municipalities of the Cape Ann region to shelter a large number of individuals with functional needs. Its chilling premise was fictional, but it resulted in lessons that could make a big difference in real life. The fictional scenario featured the Police Department […]

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Mapping the Heat: Surface Temperatures in the MAPC Region

Hot enough for ya? It probably depends on where you’re standing. So far this summer, the weather station at Logan Airport has logged 3 days of air temperature above 90 degrees. Over the past 10 years, at least five days with highs above 90 degrees have been recorded at Logan each summer. As the climate […]

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MAPC Fights Youth Violence with Basketball

There are few things that go together quite as well as basketball and summertime – clean feet and warm socks, nothing to do and Sunday afternoons, and, of course, MAPC and regional collaboration. Given this complementary power, it’s no surprise the Metro Mayors Basketball Tournament is always such a success. Organized by MAPC, the event brings […]

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MAPC’s Daily Notifications Help Municipalities Reduce Electricity Bills

This summer, MAPC is piloting a notification program that can help municipalities save big on their electricity accounts by reducing capacity charges. Capacity charges can constitute as much as 20-30% of municipal electricity costs, and the quantity of capacity municipalities are charged for is determined during just a single hour each summer. As a result, […]

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