Environmental, Parks & Energy (EPEC)

Meets Second Monday of the Month | Location: GMNC Zoom Virtual Meeting | Meets Next: August 17, 2021 6:30 PM – 8 PM


The Environment, Parks & Energy Committee (EPEC): works to promote and protect open space throughout, raise awareness of green issues in Greater Mattapan, and advises on neighborhood energy issues. For more information or to contact the committee chair, please send an email to epec.gmnc@gmail.com.

The GMNC supports adopting “open space” as a community benefit standard. This coincides with our neighborhood development standards.

The GMNC supports adopting neighborhood development standards that are “measurable standards that collectively identify whether development or proposed development of two buildings or more can be deemed environmentally superior, considering the development’s location and access, its internal pattern and design, and its use of green technology and building techniques. These standards include prerequisites (required as a baseline for sustainable neighborhood development) and credits (additional best practice standards for sustainable neighborhood development).” LEED-ND Standards


– Update from Parks Dept on Norfolk Park/Walker Playground
– Update Paul Sutton, Mattahunt Woods City budget allocation of $750,000
– Issues at Almont Park
– Julia Damiano, Emerald Necklace Conservancy – Discussion about Shattuck site   
1. Update on Norfolk Park
2. Update on providing regular park maintenance schedule for all Greater Mattapan Parks – that can be printed by residents
3. Franklin Park Action Plan (FPAC) – Points of discussion: Parks wants to hear from stakeholders along Blue Hill Ave/American Legion Hwy
(a) Peabody Square (b) the “Yard” 
Norfolk Park/Walker Playground Updated Documents
GMNC Letter: Walker Playground, Mattapan: Addition of Pathway Lighting for Safe Park Use
GMNC Revised Walker Playground Lighting for Safe Park Use
April 2021
GMNC – EPEC Agenda9/14/2020
GMNC – EPEC Agenda3/10/2020
GMNC – EPEC Agenda 2/10/2020
A Citizen’s Guide to LEED for Neighborhood Development:
How to Tell if Development is Smart and Green
LEED v4 for NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT | Includes: LEED ND: Plan LEED ND: Built Project 7/2018
Parcel Priority Plan – Public Survey
Smart Columbus introduces self-driving shuttles to opportunity zone
Sacramento to grow local economy through Economic Gardening pilot
6 takeaways from the 2019 Menino Survey of Mayors | The annual survey of 119 U.S. mayors highlighted a need for improved water infrastructure, increased cyclist safety and dedicated opportunity zone investments.
$25M fund targets Baltimore’s underinvested neighborhoods
ACEEE: Honolulu, NYC lead clean energy resilience plans
Green Buildings Could Save Our Cities
The World’s Most Successful Model for Sustainable Urban Development?
Report: 108M Americans face unhealthy air quality
Shell calls for transit ‘revolution,’ invests in mobile ticketing platform
Reimagining the grid: How utilities are prepping for transportation electrification