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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 …

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Managing Neighborhood Change in Somerville and Beyond

March 10, 2014 – 4:41 pm |
Somerville Housing Forum, March 4, 2014. Photo courtesy Somerville Community Corporation.

On Tuesday, March 4, Somerville residents gathered at the Argenziano School with Senator Patricia Jehlen, Representative Denise Provost, aldermen, and community partners for the third and final installment of a forum series on housing. Hosted …

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 …

Winter Council Meeting: Sustainable Communities Accomplishments

February 28, 2014 – 1:37 pm |

Inspiration was on tap at MAPC’s February 26th Council Meeting, as speakers celebrated the work that Sustainable Communities Grants made possible and looked to the future. Michelle Ciccolo, MAPC’s Council President, welcomed the large group …

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 …

Littleton Wins National Award for Creating Streets that Work for Everyone

February 18, 2014 – 3:45 pm |
Littleton Common, Littleton, MA. 2009. Photo from Wikimedia Commons, courtesy Twp via Creative Commons License.

Littleton’s Complete Streets Policy, developed together with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), today won recognition as being the best in the nation by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of national non-profit Smart …

Change Ahead for Somerville’s Neighborhoods

February 12, 2014 – 3:44 pm |
Houses in Somerville, MA

The Green Line Extension  may benefit the City of Somerville in many ways, but it may also cause displacement of low- and moderate-income residents, said a report released February 1 by the Metropolitan Area Planning …

MAPC Awarded CIC Grants: Will Help Communities Throughout Region and Commonwealth.

February 6, 2014 – 12:05 pm |
Community Innovation Challenge Grant Announcement. From right: MAPC Council President Michelle Ciccolo; MAPC Government Affairs Director and Energy Manager Rebecca Davis; MAPC Deputy Director Joel Barrera; MAPC Assistant Manager of Clean Energy Erin Brandt; MAPC Public Health Manager Barry Keppard; MAPC Environmental Planning Director Martin Pillsbury; MAPC Municipal Services Specialist Peter Dunn. Boston, Mass., February 6, 2014. Staff photo.

Governor Deval Patrick announced today that MAPC has been awarded funding through the Community Innovation Challenge Grant program to lead projects that will help gateway cities save energy, help Neponset Valley manage stormwater, help Metrowest …

Danvers Town Meeting Unanimously Passes Tapleyville Overlay District Article

February 4, 2014 – 5:44 pm |
Final Map for Tapleyville Overlay District, Danvers, Mass.

Congratulations to Danvers! Danvers’ Town Meeting just passed the Tapleyville Overlay District article that will allow for the mixed use redevelopment of a small industrial area near the downtown and adjacent to the bike path. Congratulations …

Fighting Gang Violence: MAPC Facilitates Metro Mayors Shannon Grant Coalition

February 3, 2014 – 11:43 am |

In 2014, for the 8th year in a row, MAPC will be facilitating the Metro Mayors Shannon Grant Coalition. The Shannon Grant is a statewide youth and gang violence prevention grant that includes both law …