Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions


I.Users agree to these terms


This document contains terms of use for Sustainable PVPC.org. By using the PVPC.org portal you agree to these terms and conditions in full. In addition, you should also review the PVPC.org privacy policy to learn about information collected by PVPC.org, what that information is used for, and how it may be shared.


1.Acceptable use of the site


You must not use this website in any way that causes, or may cause, damage to the website or impairment of the availability or accessibility of the website; or in any way which is unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful, or in connection with any unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful purpose or activity.


You must not use this website to copy, store, host, transmit, send, use, publish or distribute any material which consists of (or is linked to) any spyware, computer virus, Trojan horse, worm, keystroke logger or other malicious computer software.


You must not conduct any systematic or automated data collection activities (including without limitation scraping, data mining, data extraction and data harvesting) on or in relation to this website without the PVPC ’s express written consent.


You must not use this website to transmit or send unsolicited commercial communications. You must not use this website for any purposes related to marketing without the PVPC ’s express written consent.


2.PVPC.org links to other sites


For your convenience and at the discretion of the PVPC , PVPC.org may contain hypertext or other links to external Internet sites that are not provided or maintained by the PVPC . Please note that the PVPCcannot guarantee the authenticity, accuracy, appropriateness, relevance, timeliness, completeness or security of the website or content linked to in these external sites.


In addition, the inclusion of links to non-governmental sites is not intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered, on these sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites. In particular, please note that the PVPC.org portal uses various social media tools. Although some of the social media sites or identities might appear to be part of this site, many are hosted by third party providers. Please review our Social Media Policy for more information on the terms that apply for those sites.


3.Intellectual Property


All of the material posted on PVPC.org and accessible to the public without use of an authenticating and authorizing mechanism (such as a "PIN" or password) is public record. Most of the public record posted on PVPC.org, such as plan documents, can be copied and used for any purpose.


However, some of the content posted on PVPC.org may be subject to copyright. The PVPClogo shall not be used by any person or entity without prior written consent by the . With respect to such material including the design, layout, and other features of PVPC.org, the PVPCforbids any copying or use other than "fair use" under the Copyright Act. "Fair use" includes activities such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, research, and other related activities. In addition, please be advised that PVPC.org may make use of materials (including, but not limited to, photographs) in which third parties hold the copyright, which also cannot be copied or used for use other than "fair use" without permission of the copyright owner. If you want to make use other than "fair use" of any copyrighted information on this Web site, you must seek permission directly from the copyright owner.


The only part of this website to which the copyright rules stated above do not apply is on social media pages that receive comment. Visitors to these pages agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to the rest of the world for their submissions to this site under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. A copy of this license is available online at http://creativecommons.org/licenses.


4.Right to edit material on the page


The PVPCreserves the right to edit or remove any material on this website, stored on the ’s servers, or hosted or published upon this website. The PVPCalso reserves the right to restrict or remove any content that is deemed in violation of any applicable law or the policies of the PVPCmembers. To see the policy on removal of user-provided content through social media, see the PVPC.org social media policy.


5.No warranty, endorsement or liability


The PVPCmakes no warranty that the materials contained within the PVPC.org portal are free from copyright claims, or other restrictions or limitations on free use or display. The Commonwealth disclaims any liability for the improper or incorrect use of information obtained from the PVPC.org portal.


With respect to documents available from this portal, neither the PVPCnor any of the employees of its members, makes any warranty, expressed or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately-owned rights.


Regarding the data and statistics contained on the PVPC.org portal, these data are dynamic and may change over time. The PVPCgives no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of these data. It is the responsibility of the data user to use the data appropriately and consistent within these limitations. Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer system by PVPCmembers, no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the utility of the data on another system or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. This disclaimer applies both to individual use of the data and aggregate use with other data.


II.Accessibility statement:


1.Accessibility standards


PVPC.org is committed to achieving meaningful accessibility to this online environment for all users, including users with disabilities. We follow standards used by the Federal government for technology accessibility for people with disabilities, and web content accessibility guidelines developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). For more information about the Federal standards, please visit the Section 508 web site (http://www.section508.gov) or the Federal Access Board web site (http://www.access-board.gov). For more information about the W3C guidelines, please visit their web site (http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT).


2.About Portable Document Format (PDF)


Some documents on this web site are produced in Portable Document Format (PDF). Efforts are currently underway to ensure that all files are produced using the latest version of Acrobat (file conversion software for PDFs), which is the most accessible technology currently available for these types of files. In order to improve viewing of these files, please download the latest version of Adobe Reader TM, which is available for free at the Adobe web site (http://www.adobe.com).


However, recognizing that even this version does not always work for all users, alternative accessible formats are provided wherever possible, most commonly through a text or an HTML file.


3.Contact Information


If any file format prevents you from accessing the information, please contact us for assistance. In order to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please note the nature of your accessibility concern, the format in which you prefer to receive the material, the web page address of the requested material, and the best way to contact you.


We also welcome your questions about this accessibility statement and comments on how to improve the site's accessibility.


Please contact us by:

•E-mail at drupaladmin (at) pvpc (dot) org

•Phone: (413) 781-6045, Mon.- Fri. 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.



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60 Congress St. – First Floor

Springfield, MA 01104




1.IP Address


A series of numbers that identifies each computer and machine connected to the Internet. An IP address enables a server on a computer network to send you the file that you have requested on the Internet. The IP address disclosed to us may identify the computer from which you are accessing the Internet, or a server owned by your Internet Service Provider. Because it is machine-specific, rather than person-specific, an IP address is not, in and of itself, personally identifiable information.




Refers to Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. Since 1962, PVPC has been the designated regional planning body for the Pioneer Valley region, which encompasses 43 cities and towns in the Hampden and Hampshire county areas. PVPC is the primary agency responsible for increasing communication, cooperation, and coordination among all levels of government as well as the private business and civic sectors in order to benefit the Pioneer Valley region and to improve its residents' quality of life. For more information see www.pvpc.org.




Refers to the PVPCinternet web portal, accessed through www.sustainableknowledgecorridor.org and other similar referral domains. PVPC.org also references accessory pages and services, such as the PVPCsocial media and survey sites, and other sites that are used to convey information to the public through the portal.


4.Social Media


A social media website is a website on a social media application that is usually maintained by an individual and has regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. A social media identity is a specific user identity that has been registered on a third party social media site and is associated with the Agency.Government social media sites or identities typically provide forums for commentary or news on topics related to the government agency that hosts the social media site or has secured the social media identity. A typical social media site (whether hosted by the Agency or a third party) combines text, images, and links to other websites related to the topic and enables readers to leave comments in an interactive format.