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What Climate Change Could Mean for Your Town’s Trees

Climate change is threatening many communities of Greater Boston and will only worsen over the course of the rest of the century if we don’t quickly accelerate our mitigation efforts. According to Climate Ready Boston, average temperatures, extreme precipitation events, and sea level rise will continue to increase over time. Climate change models make it […]

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Modern water systems: Not just a pipe dream for MA

Today is World Water Day, a day to appreciate the importance of freshwater, and focus our attention on sustainable ways for preserving this precious resource. In MAPC’s little corner of the wider world of water, we are involved in many projects that support these goals, and are currently gearing up to take a lead role […]

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Farm share: MAPC talks agriculture preservation with local growers

We held our first agricultural forum in Sudbury last night and we absolutely filled the venue!  Nearly 100 people attended the forum and the word from attendees was that it was a great success. Staff from MAPC guided the discussion on successes and challenges to agricultural practice as well as determining ways that the agency […]

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Q&A with past Charles Eliot Scholarship recipient

It’s that time of year again, when MAPC puts out a call for applications for our Charles Eliot Scholarship, awarded annually to a senior in a secondary school in the MAPC region who intends to study a planning-related field in college. Allison Phillips, a Junior studying Environmental Design at UMass Amherst, filled us in on […]

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Discover the world of planning at the MAPC Open House

Have you registered for the MAPC Open House yet? Whether you’re completely new to MAPC, or you’ve gotten to know us through a specific project in your region or area of interest, there is always more to learn about the work that we’ve been doing, through this event! In the past year, we created a […]

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Once is chance, twice is coincidence, third time is because it’s getting warmer.

The past two Halloweens have brought quite a trick to New England. Last year at this time, a Nor’Easter came around and left a path of damage from snow, flooding and power outages. This October, “Superstorm Sandy” left a similar trail of damage, with a huge economic cost as millions of people across the Eastern […]

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The ripple effect: A regional approach to sustainable communities

The purchase of streetlights by Chelsea from Boston referenced in this article from Atlantic Cities was facilitated in part by MAPC. Our clean energy team is spearheading a statewide collective purchasing and technical assistance effort for cities and towns, assisting them as they embark on projects like LED streetlight purchasing. These partnerships benefit municipalities by […]

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Play it to PlanIt: Online gaming meets community planning in NoQuWo

North Quincy & Wollaston (NoQuWo) area residents can sign up now to play NoQuWo: Neighborhoods on the move, the online game that will help plan the future of their community. This game is part of the” next generation” of online gaming technology as a planning/visioning community engagement tool and launches this Saturday, May 5 with a launch […]

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Planner jargon de-coded: What is a Megapolitan?

The concept of  megapolitans in the U.S. is the subject of a new book and has cropped up recently in articles about the future of planning. What do they mean by “megapolitan”? Megapolitans in the U.S. are clustered networks of American cities where the population is projected to be between 7 and 63 million by 2025. (See […]

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MetroFuture Walks & Talks: Tour of Drumlin Farm

On April 26th  Friday,August 3, 2012, the MetroFuture Walks & Talks program will visit Drumlin Farm, an active local farm in Lincoln, Massachusetts.  We will get a chance to explore the farm and field area and hear from a teacher naturalist about the challenges involved in growing and raising food locally and on a large […]

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