Sustainable Arlington

Arlington Vision 2020 Committee/Mass. Climate Action Network (MCAN) Chapter

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Welcome to Sustainable Arlington

Sustainable Arlington acts on a local level to promote climate stabilization and other important environmental goals.  We are a Town of Arlington Vision 2020 Environment Committee and a chapter of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network.

Do you have ideas for ways that Arlington can reduce home and Town energy consumption, speed up the switch to renewables, and manage our environmental resources more sustainably? If you do, please come to one of our monthly meetings listed on this website.

Thanks for visiting.

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On our hottest days 

Shave the Peak

https://www.massenergy.org/shavethepeak

A Free New Way to Green the Grid

 from Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, a nonprofit organization

Shave the Peak empowers residential energy consumers to reduce energy demand on the most important days of the year. On peak days—usually the hottest or coldest days of the year—electricity demand soars, and the high electric demand is met by the most expensive, dirty fuels. Shave the Peak helps New Englanders take collective action to make an impact on our electric grid.

With Shave the Peak, you can receive text alerts on peak days, learn more about demand and the electrical grid, and support our advocacy efforts to clean up the New England power system.

How do you Shave the Peak in the summer?  Cut back on non-essential electricity use during peak electricity demand times.  Turn off lights, close window shades and curtains to keep out the heat and reduce the load on air conditioning, use less air conditioning, wait until later in the evening or even the next morning to run the washing machine, dryer, and dishwasher.

  • #RiseForClimate  /  riseforclimate.org
  • Sept 8 Day of Action
  • It’s time to repower our communities with clean, renewable energy from the sun, earth, wind and water. Join the #RiseForClimate global day of action and be a part of the solution the world needs. riseforclimate.org
  • Renewable energy has never been cheaper or more widespread. It’s time to #RiseForClimate and embrace the inevitable renewable energy revolution. 
  • Join the #RiseForClimate global day of action this Sept 8 and boldly stand to demand real climate leadership.

Read more: Rise For Climate

Residents needed:

Learn to ID Emerald Ash Borer threatening Arlington ash trees

Free training session

Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 7:15 pm

Lyons Room, Arlington Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave.

The Arlington Tree Committee needs residents help to identify the Emerald Ash Borer, a serious pest that is on the town borders.  If the Emerald Ash Borer comes here, it could kill some or all of Arlington’s ash trees, which make up about 10% of the town's tree canopy.

Read more: EMERALD ASH BORER APPROACHING ARLINGTON, Trained spotters needed

Nobel Laureate Teaches the Tricky Work of Talking About Climate Change

Efforts to address climate change are far more politicized than his earlier work educating people about CFCs.

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/25/nobel-laureate-teaches-the-tricky-work-of-talking-about-climate-change 

Hiroshoma, Kyoto, and the Bombs of Climate Change

Every single day, climate change is the most important thing happening on the planet—there’s nothing even remotely close. But, on any single day, there’s always something more dramatic, more urgent. 

Bill McKibben, April 27, 2018

https://www.newyorker.com/science/elements/hiroshima-kyoto-and-the-bombs-of-climate-change

 

 

 

Changing the Climate: How Public Health, Cities, and the Media Can Advance Climate Solutions

B.U. School of Public Health Symposia

72 East Concord St., Boston

Friday, April 20, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Please Register

Climate change will have enormous impacts on human health and well-being throughout the world. In response, many cities are developing farsighted policies to reduce carbon emissions while also adapting to ongoing changes. However, high-level political support for climate action remains weak, and policymakers need to be able to articulate the benefits of their climate policies. Public health researchers are documenting how urban climate solutions can directly benefit the health of local residents, but this research has not yet been communicated in a manner that has motivated effective action. This symposium will bring together thought leaders from public health, cities, and journalism to develop strategies that bring greater attention to—and produce visionary actions that address—the global climate challenge. Co-hosted with the Pulitzer Center. Additional collaborators include Boston University Initiative on Cities; Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthInnovate@BU; and Sustainability@BU.

Agenda:  http://www.bu.edu/sph/news-events/signature-programs/deans-symposia/changing-the-climate-how-public-health-cities-and-the-media-can-advance-climate-solutions/#rsvp

 

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Latest Events

18 Aug 2018
09:00AM - 12:00PM
[Mystic R.] WATER CHESTNUT REMOVAL COMMUNITY EVENT
28 Aug 2018
06:00PM - 07:30PM
[Habitat, Belmont] Monarchs, Milkweed & Migration
31 Aug 2018
12:00AM
[bike to work] WALK/RIDE DAY
05 Sep 2018
02:00PM - 06:30PM
ARLINGTON FARMERS' MARKET [weekly]