Sustainable Arlington

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

default 1. MA Decarbonization Roadmap

By In Net Zero 28 downloads

To achieve long-term emission reduction goals within the Commonwealth, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is undertaking a planning process to identify cost-effective and equitable strategies to ensure Massachusetts reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 85% by 2050 and achieves net-zero emissions. See also: Interim Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030

default 1. Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 902 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.

 

pdf 1. Pollinator Nesting & Overwintering Habitat Needs Popular

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 325 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] Popular

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 342 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 531 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 559 downloads

By 

 director of climate policy at the Roosevelt Institute. April 15, 2020
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default 1. Zero Waste Arlington Committee Popular

By In Local Environmental Groups 671 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.

Image 12 5 2020 Energy Justice Conf

By In Gas Leaks Campaign 84 downloads

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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 583 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 459 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 514 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 1687 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 845 downloads

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

default 1a. [blog] Our Fragile Earth Popular

By In Climate Change 447 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 559 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 495 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 755 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 896 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 621 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 520 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