Sustainable Arlington

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

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

By In Local Environmental Groups 602 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 784 downloads

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

default 1. Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 974 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.


default 1. Zero Waste Arlington Committee Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 740 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.

default 3. Grow Native Massachusetts Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 717 downloads

Every garden matters, every landscape counts.  Native plants create the foundation for healthy ecological communities and support native pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. However, the importance of native plants to stable ecosystems is not always well understood among gardeners, land managers, or the public. This is, in part, because for most of the past few centuries it has been an accepted practice for botanists, explorers, and others, to transport plant (and animal) specimens around the globe for ornamental and commercial purposes. Moving species to new continents or distant places was not anticipated as problematic, and only relatively recently have we humans begun to see the sometimes damaging and unintended consequences.

Educational programs, including the free, annual series, Evenings With Experts, held at the Cambridge Public Library.                

default 350 Mass Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 959 downloads

Building a powerful statewide social movement to confront the climate crisis, hold our politicians accountable and undermine the destructive influence of the fossil fuel industry. Their name comes from 350 parts per million, the safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Find a 350 node meeting near you:

default Arlington Garden Club, Arlington, MA Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 1137 downloads

Founded in 1931. A group of gardeners interested in conserving natural resources and the environment through educational programs and public works. Membership includes all levels of gardeners, novice to master, interested in learning and sharing expertise in home gardening, the environment, floral arrangements, and supporting the beautification of Arlington.  

default Arlington Land Trust Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 1184 downloads

Seeks permanent protection of open spaces in Arlington, MA, for the benefit of the community’s quality of life, environmental health, and all our citizens.  

default Arlington Mothers Out Front, Mobilizing for a Livable Climate Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 838 downloads

Focus on (1) gas leaks and pipelines, (2) promoting local renewable energy, and (3) environmental justice.  Watch



default Arlington Tree Committee Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 1167 downloads

Established by the Arlington Board of Selectmen to promote the protection, planting, and care of trees in Arlington. See also:

default Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, Cambridge, MA Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 947 downloads

Mission:  through education, policy and outreach, to promote the power of the natural world to stabilize the climate and to restore biodiversity to ecosystems worldwide. Listing for Cambridge, MA, Meetup group, occasional events and conferences at:

default Climate XChange Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 1009 downloads

A recognized leader in carbon pricing research. Info on Mass. carbon pricing legislation.  Climate XChange uses current data and state-of-the-art modeling techniques to provide policy makers and advocates with the information they need to envision and achieve a clean energy future that works for everyone. 131 Cambridge St., Boston, MA.

default Coalition to Save the Mugar Wetlands Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 1061 downloads

This wetland site consists of 17 acres, all but 1.5 acres of which  lie in the FEMA flood zone. The developer proposes a multi-story building with 207 apartments, 12 town homes, and parking for 300+ cars.   This development requires 7 acres, including 5.5 acres in the floodplain. All traffic to and from the proposed development would travel on Lake Street and existing, narrow neighborhood roads.

default Conservation Commission, Arlington, MA Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 1094 downloads

Protects natural resources in the Town of Arlington, such as lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, wetlands and floodplains, which have habitat values for the animals and plants that live there as well as filter our air and water.  Meets twice monthly at Town Hall.  

default Earthos Institute Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 776 downloads

Co-host, along with Tufts University, of the Jan. 2018 Alewife Corridor Resilience Symposium tbring together the Alewife corridor communities of Belmont, Arlington, Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, and Winchester to look at the Alewife floodplain in its entirety, and explore collaborative scenarios for tackling issues of resiliency and climate adaptation.

default Elders Climate Action, Massachusetts Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 890 downloads

A national organization with an eastern Mass. chapter. They say: "Even if we recycle, compost, solar power our own homes and conserve water, it isn’t enough to stop the tidal wave of climate change.  Without strong policies to curb carbon emissions we won’t be able to make a big enough difference, fast enough. ... Elders Climate Action was formed [t]o mobilize and unite our voices to bring this message to our leaders." Also on Facebook:

default Envision Arlington Reservoir Committee Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 830 downloads

The Arlington Reservoir (the Res) ... has served since the 1890's as a recreational area for walking, swimming, fishing and boating.  

The Reservoir Committee ... is a group of concerned citizens working to solve the Reservoir's problems. The Committee meets on the third Tuesday of the month in the Arlington Town Hall Annex. Anyone ... is welcome to participate.

default Envision Arlington Spy Pond Committee Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 752 downloads

Helping to solve the problems affecting Spy Pond since 1994. The Committee works to make Spy Pond a better and healthier place for people and wildlife.  Monthy public meetings.


default Food Link (MA) Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 1331 downloads


A community organization that rescues fresh food, alleviates hunger, and contributes to environmental sustainability. Collects high-quality fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, bread and prepared foods that would otherwise be wasted from local grocery and prepared food stores. Distributes the food to over 30 social service agencies, including after school programs, programs for at-risk youth, low income housing facilities, homeless shelters, food pantries, and senior centers, in Arlington and other communities. Founded 2012 by two Arlington residents, now a non-profit with over 200 volunteers. See also:


default Food Solutions New England Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 1383 downloads

a regional, collaborative network organized to support the emergence and continued viability of a New England food system that is a resilient driver of healthy food for all, racial equity, sustainable farming and fishing, and thriving communities.