Sustainable Arlington

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

default 1. Extreme Heat Impacts: Profoundly Unequal Popular

By In Climate Change 905 downloads

“This Is Inequity at the Boiling Point”

By Somini Sengupta, Aug. 7, 2020, New York Times

default 1. Gas Stoves: Health and Air Quality Impacts and Solutions Popular

By In Home Energy: Efficiency & Renewables 306 downloads

2020 Brady SealsAndee Krasner

Health Effects from Gas Stove Pollution Rocky Mountain Institute, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Mothers Out… Read More

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default 1. Green Energy Consumers Alliance (formerly Mass Energy) Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 631 downloads

A non-profit making energy more affordable and environmentally sustainable since 1982. A trusted voice for consumers and the environment on local, state, regional and national energy issues. A partner in Arlington's community-based, bulk purchase program

default 1. HEET Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 815 downloads

Cambridge-based nonprofit. Work includes: interactive gas leaks mapping; geothermal micro districts; transition off fossil fuels

default 1. MA Decarbonization Roadmap Popular

By In Net Zero 124 downloads

To achieve long-term emission reduction goals within the Commonwealth, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is undertaking a planning process to identify cost-effective and equitable strategies to ensure Massachusetts reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 85% by 2050 and achieves net-zero emissions. See also: Interim Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030

default 1. Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 1000 downloads

Local clean energy projects and policies are key to get us to 100% renewable energy. That's why MCAN, in conjunction with our Mass Power Forward colleagues, has put together the Local Clean Energy Toolkit

MCAN was founded in 2000 to fight the climate crisis one town at a time, with the help of its local chapters across the state, including Sustainable Arlington. MCAN also works closely with other environmental and community-focused organizations on solutions to the climate crisis.


pdf 1. Pollinator Nesting & Overwintering Habitat Needs Popular

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 442 downloads

"While flowering plants provide pollinators with foods, insects also require suitable shelter for nesting and overwintering."  Meticulous fall clean-ups leave the garden neat as a pin and remove the critical winter protection our native pollinators need.

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

By In Climate Change 627 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

default 1. The Beecology Project [] Popular

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 459 downloads

Protecting our native pollinators through the power of citizen science.

default 1. The ‘Green Energy’ That Might Be Ruining the Planet

By In Home Energy: Efficiency & Renewables 64 downloads

Southeastern U.S. forests are being logged on a massive scale to make wood pellets that are then shipped to the U.K. and Europe for utility-scale generation of electricity. There, it's called green energy.  Here?  It's an environmental disaster.

default 1. Zero Waste Arlington Committee Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 773 downloads

Formerly, the Arlington Recycling Committee. Ten members appointed by the Town Moderator and one Town employee designated by the Town Manager.

Mission: to foster greater participation in all forms of waste reduction to improve health and restore the environment. Conducts outreach efforts to help the Town reduce generation of waste overall, while increasing the options for, and quality of, recycling.

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By In SA 37 downloads

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Image 12 5 2020 Energy Justice Conf Popular

By In Gas Leaks Campaign 193 downloads

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default 1a. GETTING OFF GAS IN MASS: THE F.U.T.U.R.E. ACT, S.1940, H.2849 [Massachusetts Legislature, 191st Session ] Popular

By In Gas Leaks Campaign 699 downloads

Let your State Sen. and Rep. know (by June 2020) if you support this act.

An Act For Utility Transition to Using Renewable Energy (F.U.T.U.R.E.)

The outline a safe, just transition that moves Massachusetts utilities off gas in alignment with our state’s mandated greenhouse gas reduction targets. 


Sponsors: Senator Cynthia Creem (1st Middlesex and Norfolk), Representative Lori Ehrlich (8th Essex), and Representative Christina Minicucci (14th Essex)

default 1a. Climate Change and Home Buying "You’re Buying a Home. Have You Considered Climate Change?" Popular

By In Climate Change 1547 downloads

From the "Your Money" feature, New York Times (12.2.16.), a discussion of climate change and the residential real estate market, with issues to consider.

default 1a. CLIMATE WEBINAR LIBRARY: Mass. Climate Action Network Popular

By In Climate Change 559 downloads

  1. April 1, 2020: Declaring a Climate Emergency: How to Build Your Campaign in Uncertain Times
  2. March 31, 2020: Internet Tools for Remote Organizing (part 2) 
  3. March 24, 2020: Internet Tools for Remote Organizing (part 1)
  4. January 28, 2020: Affordable Housing as a Climate Solution (part 3)
  5. January 9, 2020: MA Gas Ban Webinar
  6. See MCAN website for more!

default 1a. HeatSmart Alliance, Communities for Sustainable Heating and Cooling Popular

By In HeatSmart 635 downloads

The HeatSmart Alliance seeks to accelerate adoption of heat pumps in residences and community buildings. Our volunteers from over 10 Massachusetts towns collaborate with local organizations and municipalities to provide information, event organizing, coaching, and other tools for promoting adoption of heat pumps and related building efficiency measures.

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

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 1830 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.

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

By In Home Energy: Efficiency & Renewables 968 downloads

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

default 1b. Owning and Driving a Hybrid Vehicle, Arlington resident drives a Volt Popular

By In Transportation 904 downloads

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