Sustainable Arlington

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

default Somerville Community Growing Center Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 427 downloads

A ¼ acre urban oasis, designed and built by local residents and maintained by volunteers, the center provides both environmental education and cultural performances. Begun in 1994, it is a model for urban land use and collaboration between city government and local nonprofit and community agencies.  

default Students encourage the buzz around us at Great Meadows Popular

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 320 downloads

Waldorf School 3rd graders, with support from the Friends of Arlington's Great Meadows and the Arlington Land Trust, built and installed homes for pollinators.

default Sustainable Belmont (MA) Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 267 downloads

An all-volunteer group formed in 2003 to “develop and implement a variety of activities and initiatives to assist Belmont’s government, residents, and businesses in becoming a more environmentally responsible community.” The group now also focuses on selected advocacy campaigns. Members work together to find solutions that will prepare Belmont for the impacts of climate change and to be environmentally responsible for its residents. Public meetings listed on its website.

default Sustainable Lexington Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 197 downloads

A Town committee appointed by the Board of Selectmen to enhance Lexington's long-term sustainability and resilience in response to environmental resource and energy challenges.

default Sustainable Winchester (MA) Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 197 downloads

A nonprofit founded to educate and raise awareness about sustainability so that residents, officials, and community organizations can be empowered to take action in their day-to-day lives to incorporate sustainability into their community. Public meetings on the first Tuesday of every month, from 7-9 pm, usually in Town Hall, 71 Mt. Vernon Street, Winchester, at the big table in front of the Clerk's office. 

default The Boston Harbor Association Popular

By In Climate Change 470 downloads

Formed in 1973 to clean up one of the dirtiest U.S. harbors, today they continue to steward this critical part of our local environment, educate the public, and address future concerns including climate adaptation. TBHA seeks to make "Boston ... a model for creative adaptation to climate change."

default The Case Against Gas Lines Popular

By In Gas Leaks Campaign 507 downloads

There's too much risk and not enough need.  According to authors Peter Shattuck and Jamie Howland, "In a remarkable shift from just a decade ago, natural gas now poses the biggest climate threat in the region."  (3.14.2016, Commonwealth Magazine)

default The Dark Side of ... Lawn Popular

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 634 downloads

Typical lawns may not be as pleasant as they seem -- for you, your pets, wildlife, and local water bodies. And they're a lot of work.  Readable, in-depth article from Reader's Digest ends with a reference to Doug Tallamy's important work. See also his book Bringing Nature Home.

document THE IRMA DIARIES. Hurricane Irma, 2017 The U.S. Virgin Islands Popular

By In Climate Change 160 downloads

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Irma Diaries.docx

Author Angela Burnett spoke at the 2018 Boston March for Science, holding up a copy of this book as she told about surviving Hurricane Irma, a category 5+ storm, in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Sept. 6, 2017. 

default Town mulls bike-share program, favors Hubway option Popular

By In Transportation 547 downloads

A detailed report on 3 bike-share options was presented at the Jan. 9, 2017 meeting of the Arlington Board of Selectmen by bike-sharing working group volunteer Seth Federspiel.

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By In Town Websites 2130 downloads

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default Toxics Action Center Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 555 downloads

Organizing with residents to clean up and prevent pollution in New England since 1987.  Energy, solid waste, pesticides, hazardous waste sites, illegal junkyards.

 

default Transforming Communities to Survive Climate Change Popular

By In Climate Change 346 downloads

"Just as ... it’s the strength of a neighborhood that determines who lives and who dies in a disaster. Building against climate change can either support vibrant neighborhood conditions or undermine them. We know how to do both."

default Transportation and Global Warming Popular

By In Climate Change 580 downloads

Succinct overview of how U.S. transportation contributes to global warming, as compared to the world as a whole, plus steps to reduce the greenhouses gases emitted by transportation.

default Understanding the Impact of Natural Gas Leaks on Public Safety, the Environment and Your Wallet Popular

By In Gas Leaks Campaign 495 downloads

From the Conservation Law Foundation:  Massachusetts’ antiquated natural gas distribution system ... is among the oldest in the country, as much as 157 years old in some places. Nearly one-third of the 21,000 miles of natural gas pipes running under the state’s cities, suburbs and rolling hills is outdated, and considered “leak-prone.” ... gas companies charge their customers for the lost gas, meaning that Massachusetts businesses and residents are paying tens of millions of dollars every year for gas they never receive ...

pdf Up in the Air: How Airplane Carbon Polution Jeopardizes Global Climate Goals Popular

By In Transportation 572 downloads

A Center for Biological Diversity report, Dec. 2015.  

If commercial aviation were considered a country, it would rank seventh after Germany in terms of carbon emissions. ...  by 2050, aircraft emissions are projected to more than triple. Unchecked, between 2016 and 2050 global aviation will generate an estimated 43 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide emissions [or] more than 4 percent of the world’s entire remaining carbon budget

default US Dept of Energy - Energy Saver Blog Popular

By In Home Energy: Efficiency & Renewables 760 downloads

Smart Ways to Save Energy

default US Dept. of Energy Popular

By In Home Energy: Efficiency & Renewables 690 downloads

The Department of Energy's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of toxic site.

default Waltham Fields Community Farm Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 233 downloads

A non-profit, supporting farmland preservation, hunger relief, and education. Offers classes for all ages, even little kids, a CSA, an organic vegetable seedling sale in the spring, and more. 240 Beaver St, Waltham, MA.

default We Need Fossil Fuel Divestment: Gaps in the MIT Climate Action Plan Popular

By In Climate Change 303 downloads

OPINION GUEST COLUMN.  

 Nov. 1, 2016    This October marked the one-year anniversary of the release of MIT’s Climate Action Plan (CAP), which seeks to use the university’s expertise in research, education, and outreach to address global warming.