Sustainable Arlington

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

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20 Jun 2018
07:30PM - 09:00PM
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Daily monitoring of over 20 web sites and 3 e-mail feeds to aggregate news stories on climate change.  Many of these web sites are themselves aggregations, so most climate change news stories appear here promptly and without repetition.  No more than 7 items per day are posted. Prepared by a member of Sustainable Arlington and the Climate Change Team at First Parish UU of Arlington.

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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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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.

The key to containing this pest is to identify its presence as soon as possible after it arrives.

To volunteer, please attend the training session noted above.

[1]  Questions:

contact the Arlington Tree Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

[2]  Learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer:

http://www.emeraldashborer.info/ 

[3]  Ash tree ID:  

http://msue.anr.msu.edu/uploads/files/e2942.pdf

[4]  If you see an Emerald Ash Borer in Arlington, please immediately notify the Arlington Tree Warden Tim LeCuivre:

781-316-3301 / Mon-Wed, 7:30 a.m. -- 3:30 p.m.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

http://www.arlingtonma.gov/trees

Thank you

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

 

half page EcoFest 2018 flyer

 EcoFest PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Charlotte Milan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   781-316-3108
February 5, 2018
 
EcoFest 2018 Focuses on Sustainable Land Use
 
The Town of Arlington hosts EcoFest at Town Hall to inform and entertain the public around an important theme relating to sustainability and our local environment.
 
This year's event, titled EcoFest 2018: Greenward, will be held on Saturday, March 24, from 10 am to 2 pm. The free program with activities for all ages centers on three aspects of public and private land use: Land and Water Management, Plants and Pollinators, and People and Healthy Ecosystems.

Read more: EcoFest 2018

Follow up message from Mothers Out Front:  

The planned March 7 event in Jamaica Plain with community leaders from the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvaniahas been postponed due to weather. We were sorry to hear yesterday evening that the flight 4 of our speakers were taking from Pittsburg was cancelled, and they were unable to take another flight due to the coming storm. 

Read more: CANCELLED (weather):  WED., MARCH 7, TALK WITH PENN. RESIDENTS OF MARCELLUS SHALE FRACKING AREA

A MASS. ACT TO PROMOTE A CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE

According to the Environmental League of Massachusetts:

Last week the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change released a comprehensive bill that will result in a cleaner environment and robust economic growth for Massachusetts. Although we made great strides forward with the energy bill the legislature passed in 2016, we still have a long way to go. This bill will make sure that we continue to move in the right direction. 

Among other things, this bill...  

1.  Calls for an increase in development of offshore wind resources;

2.  Increases the renewable portfolio standard, requiring energy utilities to purchase a higher percentage of their energy from renewable sources;

3.  Removes the artificial "net metering" caps on solar installations, allowing the deployment of more solar panels across the state;

4.  Establishes the nation's first energy efficiency score for homes that will provide home buyers with vital information about the energy use of homes on the market.

Support the Omnibus Energy Bill

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Latest Events

05 Jun 2018
07:15PM -
[Arl.] EMERALD ASH BORER SPOTTER TRAINING, free
09 Jun 2018
09:00AM - 12:00PM
[Arl] RECYLING CENTER, Saturday Pop-up
13 Jun 2018
02:00PM - 06:30PM
ARLINGTON FARMERS' MARKET [weekly]
20 Jun 2018
02:00PM - 06:30PM
ARLINGTON FARMERS' MARKET [weekly]