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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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Convert Your Fleet to Clean Fuel: Still Time to Join Group Purchase

April 5, 2017 – 10:43 am |

Time’s running out to sign up to update your municipal vehicles to clean technology through the first round of MAPC’s Green Mobility Group Purchasing Program. Let us know you’re interested in participating by April 21, 2017 at 5 …

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

January 26, 2017 – 12:06 pm |

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, …

How Municipalities Are Saving Money and Energy through MAPC’s Peak Demand Notification Program

October 24, 2016 – 1:05 pm |

For most of us, paying for electricity means paying for what we use. Municipalities do that, too, but they also have to pay something called a capacity charge for their large accounts. This is a …

Communities Find New Ways to Access Cleaner, More Affordable Energy

April 1, 2016 – 2:19 pm |

By Cammy Peterson, Clean Energy Director at MAPC.
Cross-posted from the Barr Foundation blog.
How leading cities and towns in Massachusetts are scaling up renewable energy while bringing cost savings to their residents.

When your electricity bill comes …

Metro Mayors Commit to Climate Change Preparedness

May 20, 2015 – 4:27 pm |

On May 13, 2015, MAPC hosted an unprecedented Climate Preparedness Summit at UMass Boston in partnership with the City of Boston and Mayor Martin Walsh. The historic event convened the mayors and managers of the …

Municipal Solar in Sudbury

April 7, 2014 – 1:31 pm |

To utilize otherwise nonproductive space on their closed landfill, Sudbury decided to fill it with solar panels–6,060 of them. This solar power purchase agreement was part of a group procurement for energy services that MAPC …

LED Streetlight Conversions in Arlington

March 7, 2014 – 4:36 pm |

This is the second in a series of videos that MAPC’s Clean Energy Division has made about our work in four communities. Check out the first one, focusing on local energy planning  in Medford.

Before it …

North Shore Community Energy Strategies

February 27, 2014 – 10:51 am |

Last week, MAPC brought together residents of Salem, Swampscott, Hamilton, and Wenham at Swampscott High School to discuss strategies to help them achieve their towns’ clean energy goals. MAPC had initiated the four communities’ applying together …

Local Energy Planning in Medford

January 31, 2014 – 11:50 am |

MAPC’s Clean Energy Division has just unveiled a video about our Local Energy Action Program in Medford.
The City had already done a lot of clean energy work before reaching out to us. A Green Community, Medford …

The ripple effect: A regional approach to sustainable communities

July 2, 2012 – 4:04 pm |
The ripple effect: A regional approach to sustainable communities

The purchase of streetlights by Chelsea from Boston referenced in this article from Atlantic Cities was facilitated in part by MAPC. Our clean energy team is spearheading a statewide collective purchasing and technical assistance effort …