The Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission will host 13 or more municipal officials and others from around the region Thursday for a summit to discuss “Strategies for thriving in an era of climate crisis and inequality.” The event at Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke, begins at 8 a.m.
Amherst took an important step this month when the Select Board accepted a solid waste master plan that calls for developing strategies that move the town closer to becoming a zero-waste community.
The Baker-Polito Administration today announced $68,234 in grants for Massachusetts Regional Planning Agencies (RPAs) to incorporate chemical safety into climate change resiliency planning. The grants, awarded by the Office of Technical Assistance (OTA), are funded by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant to help first responders, businesses, and communities prevent climate change weather-related industrial accidents through emergency preparedness.
AMHERST – Two forums will be held this month on reducing the amount of trash produced by residents and businesses in Amherst, and seeking reaction to a solid-waste master plan aimed at moving the town toward becoming a zero-waste community.
WAMC: Federal Funds OKed For Regional Bike Share Program By: Paul Tuthill August 9, 2016 Federal funding has been approved for a bike sharing service in western Massachusetts.
By Scott Merzbach Saturday, August 6, 2016 NORTHAMPTON — A long-planned regional bicycle sharing program that could launch next summer in both Northampton and Amherst secured more than $1 million in federal funding this week.
Press Release August 5, 2016 SPRINGFIELD --- Last Monday, the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) - the body which approves federally funded transportation projects in Hampshire and Hampden counties - voted final approval of a Transportation Improvement Plan, which included $1,171,971 in funding in FY17 for ValleyBike - a regional Bike Share collaborative program between the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Springfield, Holyoke, Amherst, Northampton, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
By: Ted LaBorde August 2, 2016 WESTFIELD - City officials are launching efforts to gain Green Community status for the city through the state Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
PVPC is working with the Town of South Hadley to develop a Comprehensive Plan for Walking/Bicycle Routes and Hiking Trails in South Hadley. The Plan will shape long-term improvements to the Town's sidewalks, bike routes, bike paths, and hiking trails.
A key component of any sustainable development effort is meaningful community and civic engagement. This report and resource guide are intended to help advance civic engagement and equity work in the Pioneer Valley (and beyond).