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What We Do: Arts and Culture

April 18, 2017 – 8:51 am |

In the video above, MAPC’s brand-new Arts & Culture Manager, Jenn Erickson, discusses arts and cultural planning at MAPC.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council has a new service area! Last week, Executive Director Marc Draisen announced …

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Beat the Heat This Summer With Keep Cool

June 21, 2017 – 12:43 pm |

Just in time for the official start of summer, MAPC has rolled out its pioneering Keep Cool app. In partnership with the Metro Mayors Coalition Climate Preparedness Taskforce, MAPC soft launched this innovative new web application last summer as a resource for those who live and work in the Coalition’s 14 cities and towns in the inner core of Metro Boston – Boston, Braintree, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Melrose, Medford, Newton, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, and Winthrop. The tool makes finding places to keep cool in the summer heat much simpler, whether you’re a parent with young kids in need of a splash park or a senior citizen looking for respite during a heat wave.

Officially re-launched for the full summer and updated with 2017 information, Keep Cool can be used on mobile or desktop devices. The app catalogs swimming pools, spray decks, wading pools, beaches, lakes, water play areas, public libraries, and other public places users can go to beat the heat. When a heat wave is in effect, it will automatically display information on the closest cooling centers. The app will provide tips for staying safe during extreme weather, including how to recognize and prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  Read the full story »

Bike Sharing Programs Expand – and Not Just in Boston

June 14, 2017 – 11:31 am |

On May 25, 2017 Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the largest expansion of the Hubway system since 2011. In honor of the regional bike-sharing system’s plans to add over 70 new stations in Boston …

Piloting Bus Rapid Transit in Boston

June 7, 2017 – 1:20 pm |

For the past two weeks, MAPC employees have been assisting with an exciting bus rapid transit (BRT) pilot on the Silver Line. From May 22 to June 6, two staff members stood by the Temple …

What We Do: Homeland Security

June 5, 2017 – 2:46 pm |

In the video above, Assistant Director of Municipal Collaboration Amy Reilly discusses MAPC’s Homeland Security Division.
MAPC serves as Massachusetts’ Homeland Security fiduciary, distributing Federal Department of Homeland Security grants received by the Massachusetts Executive Office …

What We Do: Clean Energy

May 30, 2017 – 10:10 am |

In the video above, Cammy Peterson, Director of Clean Energy, explains the role of the Clean Energy Department at MAPC.
MAPC’s clean energy services range from local energy and climate action planning to energy-related technical assistance …

Introducing Trailmap, Your Comprehensive Guide to Local Trails

May 18, 2017 – 11:25 am |

On the first day of Bay State Bike Week, MAPC celebrated by announcing the launch of Trailmap, a comprehensive online map of trails for cyclists, walkers, and others engaging in active transportation and looking to …

Heat and Cool Your Town More Efficiently with Clean Technologies

April 27, 2017 – 2:28 pm |

On Tuesday, April 4, MAPC and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) convened a workshop for municipalities on clean heating and cooling. The event was the first in a series of upcoming events and publications …

New Toolkit for School Threat Assessment and Response

April 25, 2017 – 2:43 pm |

MAPC’s homeland security team recently worked to help produce a toolkit providing schools and school districts with guidance on assessing and responding to threats and crises.
On Friday, March 17, the Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory …

What We Do: Arts and Culture

April 18, 2017 – 8:51 am |

In the video above, MAPC’s brand-new Arts & Culture Manager, Jenn Erickson, discusses arts and cultural planning at MAPC.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council has a new service area! Last week, Executive Director Marc Draisen announced …

How Can We Tell if Complete Streets Policies are Working?

April 12, 2017 – 10:14 am |

How do we measure what really matters? As a planner, I know the plan is important but it is not what really counts at the end of the day. It’s the changes that follow the plan …

What We Do: Legislative Priorities

April 10, 2017 – 11:06 am |

 
In the video above, MAPC Government Affairs Specialist Steve Byrne discusses MAPC’s legislative priorities.
Every legislative session, the government affairs team monitors legislative action on Beacon Hill, identifying, following and advocating for bills and budget items …