One of the requirements to receive the state rebate for solar power is to have a home energy assessment within the last six years. Sustainable Arlington and the Solarize Arlington Team are happy to be partnering with a locally-owned business, Sagewell, to offer these energy assessments. The assessments are free and are conducted by a qualified home performance contractor. To request your free energy assessment go to
Sign up for a free solar assessment
Arlington Visits Deer Island, by Dave Haas
On June 6, six members of Sustainable Arlington and three members of the Arlington DPW took a tour of the Deer Island Treatment Plant. The facility, part of the MWRA system, services 43 communities in the Boston area. The site opened in 1995 following seven years of planning and construction, and treats nearly 400 million gallons of sewage daily, although the capacity of the plant is several times greater.
Sustainable Arlington co-chair Gail McCormick joined hundreds of mothers, grandmothers, nurses and cancer survivors at a rally in DC on May 22nd to encourage the Senate to pass the Safe Chemicals Act, a bill to overhaul antiquated laws governing toxic chemicals. Says McCormick, "We’ve been working on a Safer Alternatives bill in Massachusetts as well. So far neither has passed, but we’ll get there yet."
While in D.C., McCormick (second from left) met with staff in Senator Kerry's office and Senator Brown’s office, requesting that they co-sponsor the bill.