Shaping the Future of Your Community: Sustainable Planning & Development

Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary opening © Tooey Rogers
Opening of Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary © Tooey Rogers

For more than 25 years, Mass Audubon has analyzed the land use changes in Massachusetts and observed how the landscape has been transformed by new residential and commercial development.

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Mass Audubon created the Shaping the Future of Your Community program to help the fastest-developing communities chart a more sustainable future through customized community workshops and direct assistance. Learn more

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Learn how to work with nature to enhance your community while protecting water quality and reducing flooding.  Low Impact Development can provide cost-effective solutions for stormwater management and green design. Learn More

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Find background information on issues the Shaping program addresses, ways you can take action in your community, and past program presentations.

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The Shaping Program was established through the generosity of a loyal Mass Audubon friend. You can help us assist communities in preserving their town’s special places.


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Keep up with Mass Audubon’s work and how you can help by subscribing to our Shaping the Future of Your Community e-newsletter.