1. Laura Kiesel is authoring legislation with the assistance of Rep. Sean Garballey, Mass Audubon, MSPCA and the Toxics Actions Center. The bill would establish a committee to investigate more ecologically sound and humane alternatives to rodent control than the poisonous rodenticides that endanger wildlife, pets and children, and present its findings to the state government. Laura is also considering a local education initiative and awareness campaign around rodenticides, how they work, and their environmental and public health impacts, as well as less harmful alternatives. Somerville, for example, is using a different bait that contains rat contraception which does not harm other wildlife.
- http://friendsofalewifereserva tion.org/rc-2015-05-22-MassWil dlife_Rodenticide_2014.pdf
- https://newrepublic. com/article/144392/america- verge-ratpocalypse [cities are seeing rat population explosions due to climate change]
2. Pasi Miettinen on the significant energy inefficiency typical of Arlington homes and a new approach to fixing this. Homes generate about 40% of Arlington carbon emissions and the energy efficiency programs have made little difference. The last decade of Mass Save efforts in Arlington reduced residential energy consumption by 0.8%. The current path will get us anywhere near the targeted 80% carbon reduction by 2050. Net zero energy homes are part of the solution.
Vision 2020 Sustainable Arlington
Meeting Agenda [rev.]
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Arlington Town Hall Annex, 1st floor conference room
3. Vision 2020 budget request: Sustainable Arlington needs for coming year
4. Data collection to support Town’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness project
5. New Economy Working Group update
6. Vote for new co-chairs (held over from previous meetings)
7. Laura Kiesel: collateral damage from conventional rodenticides; alternative rat control measures; proposed legislation; local education outreach
8. Pasi Miettinen on: energy inefficiency in Arlington Homes contributes substantially to town’s carbon emissions; Town Residential Zoning Study Committee formulating strategies for addressing this issue to help Massachusetts achieve 80% carbon reduction by 2050.
9. New business
Dates for remaining 2017 Sustainable Arlington meetings:
Thurs. Nov. 16
[no Dec. mtg.]