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Advisory: Earth Day Announcement on LED Streetlight Grants

April 21, 2021

State, Regional, and Local Officials to Announce Energy, Carbon and Cost Savings in 77 Massachusetts Cities and Towns Through LED Streetlight Grants Earth Day announcement takes place April 22 in Lynn What State, regional, and local officials will mark Earth Day by celebrating the successful conclusion of a Department of […]

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Webinar:“Women in the Workforce: Addressing the Impacts of COVID-19”

March 30, 2021

WHAT: The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the workforce are both severe and lopsided in comparison to men. For women of color, who make up a higher percentage of essential workers, job losses are even worse. Addressing this “she-cession” will take a focused effort across sectors: government, […]

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MAPC Applauds Gov. Baker for Signing Landmark Climate Bill

March 26, 2021

“We at MAPC are thrilled to see this history-making legislation signed into law today. This is a huge win for environmental justice, and will put our state on a clear path toward zero emissions by 2050. “Most impressive of all are the ways this law will help our most marginalized […]

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MAPC Teams up with Artists on COVID Communications

March 26, 2021

MAPC Teams Up with Artists on COVID Communications The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) will work with artists to reach underserved communities with COVID-related public health messages, including the importance of getting vaccinated. Over the next few months, nine artists and artist teams will create posters, videos, postcards, public art, […]

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MAPC Submits Public Comment on Governor Baker’s Interim Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030

March 23, 2021

MAPC Deputy Director Rebecca Davis released the following statement this morning: “MAPC would like to thank the Baker Administration for the opportunity to provide input on the Interim Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030 at this critical juncture in the planning process. As drafted, the plan outlines several of […]

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RSS Planning 101 Posts

  • The Energy it Takes to Keep Cool July 28, 2021
    The Energy it Takes to Keep Cool Written by Natalie Manitius and Kimberly Clark Changing Climate, Same Old Infrastructure Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent, more intense, and less predictable. Our ability to adapt and respond to these climactic changes is heavily dependent on the infrastructure that supports us. During intense rainstorms, we rely […]
  • MAPC Releases Toolkit for Tackling Rising Temps with Art July 13, 2021
    MAPC Releases Toolkit for Tackling Rising Temps with Art As cities across the country experience more frequent and intense weather events due to climate change, the arts offer opportunities to support cities’ climate resilience efforts. Flooding, hurricanes, extreme heat: collaborations with artists and creatives can address these concerns and more.  How? Artists can impact the […]
  • MAPC Releases Original Short Film “At Home” July 12, 2021
    At Home, an original short film that reveals the human side of the region’s housing crisis, is now available for viewing and sharing. Clocking in at just over five minutes, At Home was created to help decision-makers and constituents feel some of the urgency of solving our housing problem, and to inform their decision-making. Mariona […]
  • “Particulate Policy” White Paper Focuses on Air Quality Policy Solutions June 21, 2021
    "Particulate Policy" White Paper Focuses on Air Quality Policy Solutions Even though we often can’t see it, air pollution – specifically particle pollution – is the most serious environmental health hazard in the world. In the Boston area, most of this pollution comes from the fossil-fuel burning vehicles that transport us across town and across […]
  • MAPC Releases “Get It Rolling” Workbook on Bus Improvements June 21, 2021
    Photo Credit: City of Boston MAPC Releases “Get It Rolling” Workbook on Bus Improvements In 2016, Everett piloted the first shared bus/bike lane in the Greater Boston region since the Silver Line in Boston. Everett’s transformative bus lane led to a domino effect in Greater Boston, with numerous other municipalities piloting and laying down permanent […]