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Solar Energy and Equitable Development: Turning Brownfields to Brightfields

Guest post by Adi Nochur, Deputy Director of Capacity Building, Groundwork USA With support from EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, Groundwork USA and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) are collaborating to explore Brownfields to Brightfields (B2B) as a strategy to revitalize polluted land, to promote solar energy, and to advance equitable community […]

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Arts and Equity at MAPC: Reimagining the Region

As the pandemic transformed everything about MAPC’s place-based work, staff sought new ways to process and understand what we were going through. We sought ways to reflect and be in conversation about uprisings for racial justice unfolding across the country, including in the cities and towns we call home in Greater Boston. What did it […]

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Transportation Planning with a Health Lens

Transportation Planning with a Health Lens The Blue Hills Regional Coordinating Council Assessment and Action Plan  In 2019, a group of local health and community leaders, transportation professionals, planners, and municipal employees gathered with a unique vision: to approach transportation planning in the Blue Hills region through a health lens.   The result was the […]

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Six Communities Chosen for Racial Equity Municipal Action Plan Program

Six Communities Chosen for Racial Equity Municipal Action Plan (REMAP) Program Six Greater Boston communities will receive technical assistance to create and begin to implement racial equity action plans over the next year. The towns of Bedford, Natick, and Stoughton and cities of Framingham, Lynn, and Revere will participate in the Racial Equity Municipal Action […]

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Local Officials: Pledge to Take Action on Systemic Racism

Pledge to Take Action on Systemic Racism Our nation’s long-simmering tensions over systemic racism and police violence have resulted in important protests and conversations this summer, making one thing clear: now is a time for action. All of our residents deserve to feel safe in their homes and on our streets, and we can take […]

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Massachusetts Municipal Leaders Pledge to Take Action on Systemic Racism

Mayors and managers from 18 Massachusetts cities and towns today pledged to address systemic racism in their communities and violence in law enforcement. 

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Race & Equity Experts Discuss “The Diversity Deficit”

Our municipal workforce is much less diverse than the region it serves. For younger employees of color, the imbalance is even more extreme. That’s what MAPC found in “The Diversity Deficit: Municipal Employees in Metro Boston.” The research analyzes the demographics of municipal employees in 164 Metro Boston cities and towns. These employees are overwhelmingly […]

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The Diversity Deficit: MAPC Releases New Research on Greater Boston Municipal Employee Diversity

The Diversity Deficit MAPC Releases New Research on Greater Boston Municipal Employee Diversity  The people who work in Greater Boston cities and towns are overwhelmingly whiter and older than the communities or region they serve, according to new research released by MAPC today.   Clerks, police officers, librarians, firefighters, teachers, municipal maintenance workers: residents interact with […]

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Racial Segregation Concentrates Residents of Color Near High-Polluting Roads, Study Shows

45% of Greater Boston’s Black residents, 47% of Asian residents, and 54% of Latino residents live in highest-polluting areas, compared to only 29% of White residents Exposure linked to increased COVID-19 and other health risks For immediate release: Monday, June 22, 2020     BOSTON – Greater Boston residents of color are more likely to live near […]

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Greater Boston Residents of Color More Likely to Live Near High-Polluting Roadways

Greater Boston Residents of Color More Likely to Live Near High-Polluting Roads Linked to increased COVID-19 risk Greater Boston residents of color are more likely to live close to high-polluting roadways, demonstrates a new study released by MAPC today.  Forty-five percent of the region’s Black residents, 47 percent of the region’s Asian residents, and 54 […]

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