Sustainable Arlington

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

default 1 Envisioning Ecological Alternatives for Backyards

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 12 downloads

Read ground-breaking research on cultivating suburban biodiversity

Native Plant Trust has teamed up with the Woodwell Climate Research Center and a group of scientists across the country to report on groundbreaking research into how American homeowners shape the structure and ecology of yard ecosystems. 

default 1 MA Decarbonization Roadmap

By In Climate Change 19 downloads

Identifinf cost-effective and equitable strategies to ensure Massachusetts reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 85% by 2050 and achieves net-zero emissions

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

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 591 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 453 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.

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default 1. ARLINGTON COMMUNITY ELECTRICITY [was Community Choice Aggregation] Popular

By In Community Choice Aggregation 234 downloads

Arlington Community Choice Aggregation Relaunches as Arlington Community Electricity (ACE)

New name and logo kick off ambitious campaign for clean energy!


... a Town-sponsored program which leverages the Town’s bulk buying power to competitively procure electricity for Arlington residents and businesses. ... active since 2017, and the new name forms part of a new campaign designed to better inform the community about their electricity options and how participating in the program can help combat climate change.

default 1. Arlington Sustainable Transportation Advisory Committee

By In Town Websites 12 downloads

default 1. Arlington's Net Zero Action Roadmap [draft]

By In Net Zero 31 downloads

Final document expected in early 2021.

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

By In Transportation 357 downloads

"4 Bluebikes station locations determined; 2 more eyed,", 

default 1. Bringing Nature Home: How you can sustain wildlife with native plants Popular

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 2523 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. Choosing Pollinator-Friendly Native Plants in Home Gardening or Landscaping

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 22 downloads

Tools for developing pollinator-friendly landscapes using native plant species. ... curated lists of native, pollinator-friendly container plants and seeds will help you make the right decisions.

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

By In Net Zero 1662 downloads

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

default 1. Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops

By In Climate Change 31 downloads

The Earth is warming the Earth. In this series of five short films, learn why natural warming loops have scientists alarmed—and why we have less time than we think.

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

By In Climate Change 456 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 2111 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. Equitable Arlington [housing needs] Popular

By In Sustainable Arlington Resources 160 downloads

See resources, blog posts.


default 1. Extreme Heat Impacts: Profoundly Unequal Popular

By In Climate Change 683 downloads

“This Is Inequity at the Boiling Point”

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

default 1. Gas Stoves: Health and Air Quality Impacts and Solutions Popular

By In Home Energy: Efficiency & Renewables 182 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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default 1. Green Energy Consumers Alliance (formerly Mass Energy) Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 521 downloads

A non-profit that has been making energy more affordable and environmentally sustainable since 1982. A trusted voice for both consumers and the environment on local, state, regional and national energy issues. Programs for households and businesses.  Green Energy Consumers Alliance is a partner in Arlington's community-based, bulk purchase program called Community Choice Aggregation (  More details at 

default 1. HEET Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 705 downloads

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