Sustainable Arlington

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

Image 1 Nature's Best Hope. A new approach to conservation that starts in your back yard Popular

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 124 downloads

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Nature's Best Hope (2019) by Douglas Tallamy.  A wonderful book at any time but especially so in light of the coronavirus pandemic.  Doug Tallamy, Univ. of Del. professor and naturalist, shows clearly and simply what each of us can do to support our native native pollinators and birds in our own back yards and parks.  Let's get started! 

Click "download" to see the beautiful cover of this book.

default 1 [webinar] Gas Leaks & Trees with Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine

By In Gas Leaks Campaign 44 downloads

“How Gas Leaks Affect Our Trees: The science, the signs, and what we can do," May 2020 webinar with the Multi-Town Gas Leaks Initiative, which includes Arlington.

default 1. Diversity and the Environment Webinar Series, Antioch University New England

By In Climate Change 42 downloads

Antioch University New England, Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience.

Recordings of recent webinars, e.g.:

"Race and the Environmental Movement: History and Legacies," June 4, 2020

"Racial Diversity in the U.S. Climate Movement," March 17, 2020

default 1. En-ROADS Climate Change Solutions Simulator Popular

By In Climate Change 343 downloads

The simulation, developed by Climate InteractiveVentana Systems, and MIT Sloan, runs on an ordinary laptop in a fraction of a second, is available online, offers an intuitive interface, has been carefully grounded in the best available science, and has been calibrated against a wide range of existing integrated assessment, climate and energy models.

default 1. Rat poison killing larger animals, worsening rodent problem

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 6 downloads

https://www.raptorsarethesolution.org/regional-chapters/mass-rats/
Live Toxin Free - Poison Is Not The Answer

default 1. The projected timing of abrupt ecological disruption from climate change Popular

By In Climate Change 115 downloads

Trisos, Merow & Pigot, Nature, 4.8.2020

... impending risk of sudden and severe biodiversity losses from climate change and provide a framework for predicting both when and where these events may occur.

default 1. Think This Pandemic Is Bad? We Have Another Crisis Coming: Addressing climate change is a big-enough idea to revive the economy. Popular

By In Climate Change 110 downloads

By 

 director of climate policy at the Roosevelt Institute. April 15, 2020
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default 1a. GETTING OFF GAS IN MASS: THE F.U.T.U.R.E. ACT, S.1940, H.2849 [Massachusetts Legislature, 191st Session ] Popular

By In Gas Leaks Campaign 217 downloads

Let your State Sen. and Rep. know (by June 2020) if you support this act.

An Act For Utility Transition to Using Renewable Energy (F.U.T.U.R.E.)

The GasLeaksAllies.org outline a safe, just transition that moves Massachusetts utilities off gas in alignment with our state’s mandated greenhouse gas reduction targets. 

 

Sponsors: Senator Cynthia Creem (1st Middlesex and Norfolk), Representative Lori Ehrlich (8th Essex), and Representative Christina Minicucci (14th Essex)

default 1a. CLIMATE WEBINAR LIBRARY: Mass. Climate Action Network

By In Climate Change 95 downloads

  1. April 1, 2020: Declaring a Climate Emergency: How to Build Your Campaign in Uncertain Times
  2. March 31, 2020: Internet Tools for Remote Organizing (part 2) 
  3. March 24, 2020: Internet Tools for Remote Organizing (part 1)
  4. January 28, 2020: Affordable Housing as a Climate Solution (part 3)
  5. January 9, 2020: MA Gas Ban Webinar
  6. See MCAN website for more!

default 1a. HeatSmart Alliance, Communities for Sustainable Heating and Cooling Popular

By In HeatSmart 147 downloads

The HeatSmart Alliance seeks to accelerate adoption of heat pumps in residences and community buildings. Our volunteers from over 10 Massachusetts towns collaborate with local organizations and municipalities to provide information, event organizing, coaching, and other tools for promoting adoption of heat pumps and related building efficiency measures.

default 1a. Moving Beyond Natural Gas to Renewable Energy, Mass. Legislation 2019-2020 Popular

By In Home Energy: Efficiency & Renewables 435 downloads

Interview recorded at Arlington, MA EcoFest, March 4, 2019

default 1a. video. ARLINGTON'S CCA: OUR TOWN'S BULK PURCHASE ELECTRICITY PROGRAM. HEAR TOWN MANAGER, OTHERS ON WHY THEY SUPPORT IT. Popular

By In Community Choice Aggregation 656 downloads

Arlington CCA: 1. Gives residents and businesses access to additional local renewable energy generated in Mass. and other New England states. 2. Speeds  transition off fossil fuels. 3. Saves you money because the Town uses its bulk purchasing power to get better rates. Learn more from this 2018 video interview with Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine, Select Board member Joe Curro, and Green Energy Consumers Alliance's Erin Taylor.  

    VIDEO BY JOSH KATOFSKY, 2018 Arlington High graduate. 

default 1a. [blog] Our Fragile Earth

By In Climate Change 53 downloads

Gail McCormick has been a leader in climate change activism for thirty years. Her relevant award-winning art has been shown in museums, university galleries, and at the landmark UN Rio Conference. As a board member of HealthLink, she helped eradicate antiquated Massachusetts coal power plants. Her current focus is on prevention of an unnecessary pipeline through the State that would transport fracked gas to Canada and Europe. Her first book, CALAMITY, a romance/thriller covers thawing permafrost in Siberia....

Image 1b. Communicating the Climate Crisis Popular

By In Climate Change 207 downloads

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https://climate-xchange.org/communicating-the-climate-crisis/

At first glance, climate change communication is about educating and informing people about this massive issue, in order to mobilize and solve the climate crisis. On a deeper level however, climate change communication is shaped by our different experiences, mental and cultural models, and underlying values and world views. The way we talk about climate change, either as advocates, scientists, or regular citizens, affects the way people understand and think about both the problem and the solutions alike.  A lot of communication about climate change gets it right about the risk and possible negative scenarios, but wrong about how we try to accomplish the critical goal of not just raising public concern, but moving people to action.    [see also  Climate Generation, Climate Stories, https://www.climategen.org/take-action/act-climate-change/climate-stories/]

default 1b. MA Climate Change Clearinghouse Popular

By In Climate Change 122 downloads

Supporting the Commonwealth through up-to-date climate change science. Documents, Data, Maps, MA programs, etc.

default 1b. Owning and Driving a Hybrid Vehicle, Arlington resident drives a Volt Popular

By In Transportation 411 downloads

Interview recorded at Arlington, MA EcoFest, March 4, 2019

default 1b. Owning and Driving an Electric Vehicle, Arlington resident drives Nissan Leaf Popular

By In Transportation 439 downloads

Interview recorded at Arlington, MA EcoFest, March 4, 2019

default 1b. ROLLING THE DICE: ASSESSMENT OF GAS SYSTEM SAFETY IN MASS., gasleaksallies.org Popular

By In Gas Leaks Campaign 313 downloads

presents documented incidents and publicly available facts about the gas distribution system that add up to an urgent message to legislators, the executive branch, municipalities, and gas companies to take action now. Immediate and short-term improvements can greatly enhance public safety. At the same time, Massachusetts can accelerate measures to transition away from gas to safer, healthier, affordable renewable energy.

Published by GasLeaksAllies.org, 9.13.19.

default 1b. SEA LEVEL RISE RISK FINDER, Map, Surging Seas, Climate Central Popular

By In Climate Change 239 downloads

Explore sea level and coastal flood risks.  A location can be several miles inland and still at risk.  Try typing in Arlington, MA. Click "Full-Feature Map" to see impacts of sea level rise from 0 to 10 feet.

Climate Central’s Program on Sea Level Rise strives to provide accurate, clear and granular information about sea level rise and coastal flood hazards both locally and globally, today and tomorrow. Anchored in rigorous primary research, our work distinguishes itself by its user-friendly maps and tools, extensive datasets, and high-quality visual presentation. The program dedicates its efforts to helping citizens, communities, businesses, organizations, and governments at every level to understand the consequences of different carbon pathways and to navigate the shifting waters of our warming world.  See http://sealevel.climatecentral.org/about

default 1b. SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS LAB, UMass Boston Popular

By In Climate Change 235 downloads

Pursuing Climate Justice.  Climate change is rapidly exacerbating racial, economic, and social inequities. As sea levels rise, droughts lengthen, and storms become more intense and unpredictable, people and communities with limited resources will have less capacity to prepare for – or bounce back from – these challenges.