Sustainable Arlington

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

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Upcoming SA Meetings

21 Feb 2018
07:30PM - 09:00PM
SusArl Monthly Meeting, Public Invited
21 Mar 2018
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SusArl Monthly Meeting, Public Invited
18 Apr 2018
07:30PM - 09:00PM
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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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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

Alewife Corridor Collaborative Resilience Symposium
Fri., Jan. 19, 6-9 pm, Sat., Jan. 20 all day
Co-sponsored by Tufts University and Earthos Institutehttps://www.alewiferesilience.org/
The symposium will bring together community actors, municipal and state government, university researchers, and local and regional nonprofits to collaboratively frame a resilience vision/agenda for Alewife Corridor. 

Happy New Year!

It's almost "good-bye" to 2017. 

What will we -- and you -- be doing in the new year?

There are lots of possibilities:  connecting with neighbors, building community, volunteering on local park clean-up days, rescuing food to feed the hungry and food insecure with Food Link and Boston Area Gleaners,  supporting local farmers, growing some of our own food, harvesting rain water for lawns and gardens, reviewing and changing some transportation choices, setting the thermostat lower in winter/higher in summer, reducing food waste at home, keeping usable building materials out of the waste stream, ditto for textiles (clothing, bedding, towels, curtains -- even the worn out stuff -- it can be made into rags and insulation), checking the Town's recycling website to see what else can be recycled ... so many possibilities to protect and regenerate our environment while connecting with others. 

 

 

Not all fallen leaves belong in compost --

here's why

Fallen leaves are full of nutrients but should they all end up in your compost or on your garden beds?  The answer is "no."  Source matters.  A lot. Those leaves in the gutter and on the street can be easy to rake up but consider them off-bounds.  Pavement and gutters catch (1) over-spread fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides as well as (2) the run-off from recently-treated yards and sidewalk strips, (3) vehicle fluid drips and leaks (antifreeze, oil, brake fluid), (4) lead tire weights, and more.  Put street and gutter leaves out for yard waste collection (there are good reasons to keep them out of our storm drains and water ways).  

Read more: Are all fallen leaves equal when it comes to composting?

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