Sustainable Arlington

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

default 1 Extreme Heat Impacts: Profoundly Unequal Popular

By In Climate Change 397 downloads

“This Is Inequity at the Boiling Point”

By Somini Sengupta, Aug. 7, 2020, New York Times

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

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 316 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, Multi-Town Gas Leaks Initiative Popular

By In Gas Leaks Campaign 230 downloads

How Gas Leaks Affect Our Trees: The science, the signs, and what we can do," 5-28-2020 Webinar. Expert panel moderated by Arlington Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine.

Webinar recording:

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additional resourceshttps://wellesleyma.gov/1522/Gas-Leaks-And-Trees.  

 

default 1. Bluebikes come to Arlington, Aug. 2020 Popular

By In Transportation 157 downloads

"4 Bluebikes station locations determined; 2 more eyed," YourArlington.com, 
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default 1. Bringing Nature Home: How you can sustain wildlife with native plants Popular

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 1309 downloads

Much-admired author Doug Tallamy shows how everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity and why it matters so much.

default 1. Clean Energy Future Committee, Arlington, MA Popular

By In Net Zero 445 downloads

Established by the Arlington Select Board to guide the Town in reaching its Net Zero by 2050 goal. Agendas, minutes

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

By In Climate Change 223 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 1217 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. Gas Stoves: Health and Air Quality Impacts and Solutions New

By In Home Energy: Efficiency & Renewables 7 downloads

2020 Brady SealsAndee Krasner

Health Effects from Gas Stove Pollution Rocky Mountain Institute, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Mothers Out… Read More

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pdf 1. Pollinator Nesting & Overwintering Habitat Needs Popular

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 109 downloads

"While flowering plants provide pollinators with foods, insects also require suitable shelter for nesting and overwintering."  Meticulous fall clean-ups leave the garden neat as a pin and remove the critical winter protection our native pollinators need.  https://xerces.org/sites/default/files/publications/18-014.pdf

default 1. The Beecology Project [wpi.edu]

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 88 downloads

Protecting our native pollinators through the power of citizen science.

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

By In Climate Change 305 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 321 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 387 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 Popular

By In Climate Change 278 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 318 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. Help Birds This Winter, Go Easy on Fall Yard Work Popular

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 934 downloads

A manicured lawn might look nice, but messy is better for birds and bugs.

The Audubon Society says:  leave this year's dead flower stalks with their seeds pods.  Winter birds need them.  Let some leaves remain on your garden beds and mulch (mow over) those on your lawn.  Leaf litter is free fertilizer and provides essential cover for tiny insects and invertebrates that wild birds eat.  Build a brush pile to provide cover from pedators and weather. Skip the chemicals.  They cause harm throughout the food web.  Download the article to learn more.

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

By In Home Energy: Efficiency & Renewables 646 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 921 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 Popular

By In Climate Change 258 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....