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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 …

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Life Moves Pretty Fast, But Lowering Speed Limits Can Save Lives

January 5, 2017 – 2:45 pm |

“Life moves pretty fast,” goes the quote from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” “If you don’t slow down and look around, you might miss it.” What Ferris doesn’t say, though, is that if you slow down, …

Who Benefits (and Who Can Be Harmed) as Neighborhoods Change?

December 6, 2016 – 2:30 pm |

Gentrification changes neighborhoods. It raises property values and brings new investments in parks and public spaces, streetscapes, and services. These are changes that can improve economic and social well-being. Unfortunately, changes like these can also …

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 …

8th Annual Shannon Grant Basketball Tournament

September 13, 2016 – 1:22 pm |

On August 6th, the communities involved in the Metro Mayors Shannon Grant Community Safety Initiative came together for the 8th Annual Metro Mayors Basketball Tournament, organized by MAPC.

The tournament was held at Trum Field in …

New App Helps Inner Core Residents Keep Cool!

August 11, 2016 – 1:36 pm |

Keep Cool this summer!
Keepcool.mapc.org

In partnership with the Metro Mayor’s Coalition, MAPC’s Digital Services has launched a digital initiative on climate change and heat safety called “Keep Cool.” Residents across the 14 Metro Mayors communities can …

Municipal Light Departments in Massachusetts: What are they and why should you care?

August 3, 2016 – 9:12 am |

Quick Link: Municipal Light Plants in Massachusetts: Spotlight on Clean Energy Initiatives
For most communities in Massachusetts, electricity is provided by an Investor Owned Utility (IOU) such as National Grid, or Eversource. For some, though, electric …

Rapid Health Impact Assessments

July 26, 2016 – 3:07 pm |

MAPC’s Public Health Department has been conducting Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) for the past five years. Working with partners like the MA Department of Public Health and Health Resources in Action, MAPC has explored multiple …

MAPC Partners with Tufts University on Food Access Mapping

May 25, 2016 – 4:36 pm |

Staff from MAPC’s Public Health and Data Services departments partnered with students from Tufts University this spring to analyze access to healthy food across Massachusetts. Food access is a fundamental element to healthy neighborhoods. Where …

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 …

Food Planning for the 21st Century

February 4, 2016 – 2:32 pm |

In December 2015 MAPC and allies released the first food policy plan for the state of Massachusetts since the 1970s. The Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan is a planning guide rich with recommendations for the 21st century economy, …