Sustainable Arlington

Envision Arlington/Mass. Climate Action Network (MCAN) Chapter

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By In Sustainable Arlington Resources 604 downloads

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Join Arlington artist-in-residence Michelle Lougee for a series of workshops and meet-ups from Jan. to June 2020 for a community art project.  Free. Fun. Engaging.

default 1. HeatSmart Arlington-Winchester 2019 with Jeremy Koo, Technical Consultant, Cadmus Popular

By In Home Energy: Efficiency & Renewables 258 downloads

Interview recorded at Arlington, MA EcoFest, March 4, 2019

default 1. HeatSmart Arlington-Winchester, 2019 program Popular

By In Home Energy: Efficiency & Renewables 292 downloads

In 2019, Arlington residents and small businesses can take advantage of this state-sponsored, Town-approved program providing education and purchasing options for 4 highly efficient heating and cooling technologies:  air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, solar hot water, and modern wood heat (central wood pellet furnace or boiler).

Talk to Arlington's HeatSmart Coach:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


default 1. Moving Beyond Natural Gas to Renewable Energy, Mass. Legislation 2019-2020 Popular

By In Home Energy: Efficiency & Renewables 259 downloads

Interview recorded at Arlington, MA EcoFest, March 4, 2019

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By In Transportation 240 downloads

Interview recorded at Arlington, MA EcoFest, March 4, 2019

default 1. Owning and Driving an Electric Vehicle, Arlington resident drives Nissan Leaf Popular

By In Transportation 263 downloads

Interview recorded at Arlington, MA EcoFest, March 4, 2019


By In Gas Leaks Campaign 153 downloads

presents documented incidents and publicly available facts about the gas distribution system that add up to an urgent message to legislators, the executive branch, municipalities, and gas companies to take action now. Immediate and short-term improvements can greatly enhance public safety. At the same time, Massachusetts can accelerate measures to transition away from gas to safer, healthier, affordable renewable energy.

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default 1. SEA LEVEL RISE RISK FINDER, Map, Surging Seas, Climate Central

By In Climate Change 93 downloads

Explore sea level and coastal flood risks.  A location can be several miles inland and still at risk.  Try typing in Arlington, MA. Click "Full-Feature Map" to see impacts of sea level rise from 0 to 10 feet.

Climate Central’s Program on Sea Level Rise strives to provide accurate, clear and granular information about sea level rise and coastal flood hazards both locally and globally, today and tomorrow. Anchored in rigorous primary research, our work distinguishes itself by its user-friendly maps and tools, extensive datasets, and high-quality visual presentation. The program dedicates its efforts to helping citizens, communities, businesses, organizations, and governments at every level to understand the consequences of different carbon pathways and to navigate the shifting waters of our warming world.  See


By In Climate Change 99 downloads

Pursuing Climate Justice.  Climate change is rapidly exacerbating racial, economic, and social inequities. As sea levels rise, droughts lengthen, and storms become more intense and unpredictable, people and communities with limited resources will have less capacity to prepare for – or bounce back from – these challenges.

default 1. To Help Birds This Winter, Go Easy on Fall Yard Work

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 97 downloads

A manicured lawn might look nice, but messy is better for birds and bugs.

The Audubon Society says:  leave this year's dead flower stalks with their seeds pods.  Winter birds need them.  Let some leaves remain on your garden beds and mulch (mow over) those on your lawn.  Leaf litter is free fertilizer and provides essential cover for tiny insects and invertebrates that wild birds eat.  Build a brush pile to provide cover from pedators and weather. Skip the chemicals.  They cause harm throughout the food web.  Download the article to learn more.


By In Community Choice Aggregation 454 downloads

Arlington CCA: 1. Gives residents and businesses access to additional local renewable energy generated in Mass. and other New England states. 2. Speeds  transition off fossil fuels. 3. Saves you money because the Town uses its bulk purchasing power to get better rates. Learn more from this 2018 video interview with Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine, Select Board member Joe Curro, and Green Energy Consumers Alliance's Erin Taylor.  

    VIDEO BY JOSH KATOFSKY, 2018 Arlington High graduate. 

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default 10.11.19. Climate change: Big lifestyle changes are the only answer Popular

By In Climate Change 102 downloads

report has been prepared for the Committee on Climate Change, which advises [UK} ministers how to cut the UK's carbon footprint.  It says an upheaval in our lifestyles is the only way to meet targets ... to cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.

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By In Home Energy: Efficiency & Renewables 410 downloads


What does the HERS Index say about a house?

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured. It's also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance.

default 2.10.17. “New England’s Shrinking Need for Natural Gas” Popular

By In Gas Leaks Campaign 670 downloads

...gas pipeline project (Spectra Energy’s Access Northeast pipeline). ... this project is likely to be twice as expensive as previously proposed ($6b v. $3b), and the need for natural gas will fall in the future due to the environmental and renewable energy policies in New England. Therefore, the study concludes, this gas pipeline project is not needed.


By In Sustainable Arlington Resources 220 downloads

1. Owning and Driving An Electric Vehicle   

2. Owning and Driving a Hybrid Vehicle   

3.  Community Choice Aggregation for "Green" Electricity (electricity bulk purchasing)  

 4.  Moving Beyond Natural Gas to Renewables

5.   HeatSmart for Arlington and Winchester (2019 program)

6.   The 9 R's (Refuse, Reduce, Repurpose, Repair, Etc.)


pdf 2019 HeatSmart Arlington Winchester Kick-Off Event, Press Release Popular

By In Net Zero 284 downloads

Arlington's participation in the HeatSmart program is one of many steps on the town's path to achieving net zero by 2050.

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default 2019 Interview: Arlington's Community Choice Aggregation (bulk purchasing) for "Green" Energy Popular

By In Community Choice Aggregation 236 downloads

Hear from a representative of Good Energy, the consultant that helps Arlington negotiate its bulk purchase of local renewable energy for all households and small businesses.  Taped at Arlington EcoFest 2019.

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By In Community Choice Aggregation 499 downloads

RECs Renewable  Energy  Certificates.  To benefit Massachusetts, choose Class I RECs.  Find out why.

default 3. How do Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) work? Popular

By In Community Choice Aggregation 553 downloads

You can have milk from a local dairy delivered to your doorstep.  But you can't have the exact electricity generated by local wind or solar generating companies routed to your home.  That's where RECs come in... click to read more.