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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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Best Practices for Streamlining Solar Permitting and Inspection Processes

July 21, 2017 – 1:59 pm |

Earlier this year, MAPC was selected to participate in SolSmart, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. SolSmart is a national program that recognizes communities that have taken steps to reduce solar …

Metro Mayors Coalition Opioid Report Release

June 30, 2017 – 10:37 am |

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017 the Metro Mayors Coalition (MMC) hosted a forum for municipal officials responsible for developing and implementing policies and strategies that assist community members who are struggling with opioid addiction. The …

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 …

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 …