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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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Equity-Forward Economic Development in Uphams Corner

Equity-Forward Development in Uphams Corner Across the Boston region and the United States, neighborhoods are experiencing significant economic changes. In some cases, residents can ride the wave of the economic surge and see their lives improve. Unfortunately, not all are lifted by this wave: many have been limited by a history of racial, legal, and […]

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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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State of Equity Policy Agenda Draft Released

MAPC took the next step to promoting a more equitable region last Wednesday with the release of a draft of our 2018 State of Equity in Metro Boston Policy Agenda. We hope that the plan serves as a tool to advance policy change in the Boston region and that it serves as a roadmap not […]

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Newton's Community Solar Share Initiative: Sometimes, the Answer is Hidden in Plain Sight

Typically, low income households pay a higher percentage of income for electricity than those in other income brackets. In Boston, for example, median-income households spend 2.8 percent of their total income on electricity on average, whereas low-income households spend 6.7 percent of income on electricity. At the same time, disadvantaged households often do not have […]

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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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Running down a dream: MA Mayors rally for transportation reform

On Monday, June 11–just weeks before the July 1 deadline for MBTA fare hikes and service cuts–mayors from across the state gathered at South Station to show their support for working together and finding a solution for the state’s transportation finance troubles. Watch our video of highlights from speakers at the Metro Mayors Transportation Summit […]

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CORI Reform: Helping ex-offenders get jobs is good for the region

Everyone deserves to have a job. But when access to employment is limited for large groups of people in a community with high rates of criminal convictions, it doesn’t only affect those individuals. The impact ends up extending to the economic viability for the entire region as well. Fortunately, Massachusetts has recently made an important […]

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Planning for good health: MAPC’s health impact assessment of proposed changes to the T

Yesterday, MAPC released the results of our health impacts assessment of proposed MBTA fare increases and service cuts in the Healthy T for a Healthy Region (PDF) report at a State House press conference. Just last week, Atlantic Cities wrote about the importance of considering the public health impacts of planning projects: “By the time policymakers rouse support, […]

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"Unbanked" Bostonians: the next hurdle for Hubway?

This story from The Atlantic’s Cities blog highlighted an important issue facing bike share programs across the country (including Hubway), which rely on a credit/debit card system for rentals (more on how Hubway’s membership works). The credit card system is simple and convenient, allowing users to take out a bike with the swipe of a […]

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