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MAPC Issues Statement on Trump Administration Rollback of Fuel Efficiency Standards

Amanda Linehan Communications Director 617-933-0705 alinehan@mapc.org For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 2, 2020 The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) today issued a statement responding to weakened fuel efficiency standards announced by the Trump administration. “MAPC strongly opposes fuel efficiency rollbacks that will imperil people’s health, our environment, and the economy of our region, state, and […]

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New Resources for Equitable Net Zero Planning

New Resources for Equitable Net Zero Planning Prioritize Net Zero Actions and Implement Equity with our Frameworks In response to the climate crisis, cities and towns across the globe have made commitments to achieve Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by maximizing reductions in energy use and supplying buildings, transportation, and infrastructure with renewable sources of […]

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Green Municipal Aggregation Toolkit: Support Renewable Energy

Use MAPC’s Updated Green Municipal Aggregation Toolkit to Support Renewables in Your City or Town In 2014, MAPC pioneered an exciting model for green municipal aggregation (GMA). For more than five years, we have worked with communities to adopt, deploy, and support GMA. Municipal aggregation, also known as community choice aggregation, allows a city or […]

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Climate Equity Focus at MAPC’s Clean Energy Forum

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, as part of the MetroCommon 2050 Speaker Series, MAPC hosted its biennial Clean Energy Forum at District Hall. The day’s theme was climate equity and MAPC staff presented on their work advancing climate equity through research and net zero planning. The morning had a fully packed agenda, with three keynote speakers […]

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National Energy Efficiency Day 2019: MAPC’s Initiatives

October 2 is National Energy Efficiency Day, and MAPC is joining with other regional and national organizations to highlight the advantages of energy efficiency – the cheapest and quickest way to lower energy use, cut utility bills, and reduce carbon pollution. Reducing energy used by municipalities, businesses, and individual homes benefits everyone, especially energy bill […]

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Clean Tech and Climate Resilience Converge in Wayland

Wayland’s newest resilience technology may not look flashy – just a series of boxes on the wall at the middle school. But the new equipment allows the school’s solar parking canopy to operate even if there’s a power outage – and prepares for the integration of battery storage in the future. On Tuesday, Sept. 17, […]

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

As public schools let out this week in Greater Boston, summer fun is on people’s minds and many are planning their vacations, barbeques, and other summer activities. While the warmer weather is welcomed by many, it also signals the start of extreme heat season – which can be a public health hazard, especially for the […]

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Gearing Up to Ramp Down: Preparing Your Municipality to Manage Peak Demand

With spring on its way and the weather warming up, communities around the Greater Boston region are starting to plan for summer. Paving, construction, budgeting, preparing for town meeting – spring is a busy time for New England towns and cities. Is managing your peak power demand on your municipality’s to-do list? Read on to […]

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Massachusetts’ New 3-Year Energy Efficiency Plan and What it Means for your Municipality

For the last eight years, Massachusetts has ranked as the national leader in energy efficiency – but there is still much to do. With the State Legislature’s passage of the Act to Advance Clean Energy in August and a new three-year plan for statewide energy efficiency programs in the works, Massachusetts is preparing to keep […]

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Roadworks: A Streamlined Digital Platform to Manage Street Openings

Massachusetts has some of the oldest natural gas main infrastructure in the nation, with pipes averaging 60 years old. To replace this pipe and other underground infrastructure, utilities need to navigate a patchwork of paper permits to dig up roads across the state. But they’re not the only crews working on our roads – the […]

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