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Massachusetts Food Access Index

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Hubway

Project background Hubway is a public bicycle sharing system with stations throughout Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline. The system is designed to provide a convenient form of active public transportation by providing access to bicycles for short trips and improving connections to transit. Hubway launched in Boston on July 28, 2011, with 61 stations and […]

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Sustainable Agriculture: Municipal Food System Toolkit

Project Background What is a food system? At what scale does it operate? How can I improve my local food system? The Municipal Food System Toolkit for MAPC Communities was created by CLF Ventures (CLFV), Conservation Law Foundation’s consulting affiliate, in partnership with MAPC, to answer these types of questions and provide resources for municipalities to […]

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Community Health Needs Assessments in the MAPC Region

Community Health Needs Assessments in the MAPC Region CHANGE FONT SIZE MAPC >> Resources >> Public Health Community health assessments (CHAs) are becoming more and more ubiquitous.  Most prominently, the IRS now mandates that tax-exempt hospitals perform community health needs assessments every three years. Similarly, through a program launched in 2011, the Public Health Accreditation […]

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Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund HIA

Background Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation (MHIC) have created a $30 million private equity fund model that will consider the community, environmental, and health benefits of a proposed project as well as the financial risks and returns. The model, known as the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund (HNEF), will result in investments […]

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Walking Routes to the Lower Mystic River

Project Background MAPC has been working with Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford and Somerville to identify potential walking routes that would connect neighborhoods with the lower Mystic River and its tributaries (Chelsea Creek, Mill Creek, Island End River and the Malden River). This project is called “Walking Routes to the River.” To date, the work has […]

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Plymouth South High School HIA

Background The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) provides grants to communities through a competitive process to assist with renovating and/or constructing school buildings. Through an eight-module process, the MSBA requires communities to provide detailed information on the feasibility of the proposed project. Plymouth South High School is seeking to redevelop their school and is in […]

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Community Transformation Grant

Background Community Transformation Grants (CTG), awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are funded under the Affordable Care Act. The grants are designed to help states and communities tackle the root causes of chronic disease such as smoking, poor diet and lack of physical activity, with an additional focus is on reducing health […]

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Opening aqueduct trails to the public

Aqueduct Trail Network Project background More than 40 miles of trails exist along the historic Weston, Sudbury, Cochituate, and Wachusett aqueducts. These aqueducts and reservoirs are part of an emergency backup system and are no longer in daily use for supplying water to the Greater Boston area, yet the land remained closed to the public […]

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Healthy Dining

Background The Healthy Dining project was started through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Mass in Motion (MiM) initiative. It sets standards and guidelines for healthy dining restaurants in communities, increasing access to affordable, healthy foods for residents. MAPC is advancing this project in several communities in Middlesex County as part of the Middlesex County […]

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