Sustainable Arlington

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

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

By In Transportation 1008 downloads

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


By In Gas Leaks Campaign 699 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, 9.13.19.

default 1b. SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS LAB, UMass Boston Popular

By In Climate Change 618 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.

default 1c. DeSmogBlog Popular

By In Climate Change 1550 downloads

DeSmogBlog exists to clear the PR pollution that is clouding the science on climate change.  It began in January 2006 and quickly became the world’s number one source for accurate, fact based information regarding global warming misinformation campaigns.

default 2. Arlington joins climate change pledge Popular

By In Climate Change 949 downloads

"After ... the United States [withdrew from] the Paris Climate Agreement on June 1, 2017, many states jumped to sign a pledge promising to uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Massachusetts was not one of them.  

Instead, local mayors and Boards of Selectmen have signed the pledge, We Are Still In, including Arlington’s Board of Selectmen. Chair Joseph Curro proposed the pledge at the Selectmen’s meeting on July 24."

default 2. Bill McKibben, Global Warming's Terrifying New Chemistry [fracking will not save our climate] Popular

By In Gas Leaks Campaign 1323 downloads

McKibben calls methane " CO2’s nasty little brother."   Unfortunately, "our new natural-gas infrastructure has been bleeding methane into the atmosphere in record quantities. And molecule for molecule, this unburned methane is much, much more efficient at trapping heat than carbon dioxide."  All that extra methane going into the atmosphere is offsetting many of the gains made by cutting carbon dioxide emissions.

default 2. Cambridge Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA) Popular

By In Climate Change 1249 downloads

The Cambridge, MA Community Development Department has done an intensive study of anticipated local climate change impacts for 2030 and 2070.  Useful graphics and maps are posted online with the March and December 2015 reports.  Some future flooding scenario maps of the Alewife area include detailed information for East Arlington.

default 2. Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops Popular

By In Climate Change 112 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.


By In Sustainable Arlington Resources 700 downloads

1. Owning and Driving An Electric Vehicle   

2. Owning and Driving a Hybrid Vehicle   

3.  Community Choice Aggregation for "Green" Electricity (electricity bulk purchasing)  

 4.  Moving Beyond Natural Gas to Renewables

5.   HeatSmart for Arlington and Winchester (2019 program)

6.   The 9 R's (Refuse, Reduce, Repurpose, Repair, Etc.)


default 2. Landscaping for Butterflies and Other Pollinators: Exotics can be Useful Popular

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 284 downloads

Constructed landscapes can provide excellent habitat for many butterflies and other beneficial insects. For butterflies, a complete habitat includes both nectar sources for the adults and larval host plants for the next generation. There are many good sources of information about which plants to use. 

default 2. Mystic Charles Pollinator Pathways Group Popular

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 177 downloads

A multi-town volunteer group supporting native pollinator habitat,  Facebook:

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Meets monthly:  2nd Tuesday, 7:30 - 9 pm online

default 2. Simple Tips for Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Landscape Popular

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 308 downloads

by Annie S. White

A landscape rich with a diversity of flowering plants is both beautiful and helps support the thousands of species of bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinating insects we have in the U.S. However, planning your pollinator-friendly landscape does not end with your plant list. The layout of your gardens, layout of your plants, and your maintenance practices all affect pollinators. Here is a set of considerations for choosing the best types of plants for pollinators, plus how to use them to create the best pollinator sanctuary possible.

default 2. 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 682 downloads


 director of climate policy at the Roosevelt Institute. April 15, 2020


By In Community Choice Aggregation 1186 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 2.10.17. “New England’s Shrinking Need for Natural Gas” Popular

By In Gas Leaks Campaign 1185 downloads

...gas pipeline project (Spectra Energy’s Access Northeast pipeline). ... this project is likely to be twice as expensive as previously proposed ($6b v. $3b), and the need for natural gas will fall in the future due to the environmental and renewable energy policies in New England. Therefore, the study concludes, this gas pipeline project is not needed.

default 3. Buyer Beware: Not all RECs are created equal Popular

By In Community Choice Aggregation 977 downloads

RECs Renewable  Energy  Certificates.  To benefit Massachusetts, choose Class I RECs.  Find out why.

default 3. Creating Northampton Pollinator Neighborhoods Popular

By In Lawn and Garden CAre 319 downloads

3 videos] Last updated on Jul 24, 2020

These talks are part of a series on creating pollinator corridors in Northampton Neighborhoods, a project funded by New England Grassroots Environment Fund. Of course the information is useful to anyone wanting to support pollinator health! For more information and a list of future talks, go to


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 3. How do Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) work? Popular

By In Community Choice Aggregation 1044 downloads

You can have milk from a local dairy delivered to your doorstep.  But you can't have the exact electricity generated by local wind or solar generating companies routed to your home.  That's where RECs come in... click to read more.

default 3. MassSave - Energy Audits Popular

By In Home Energy: Efficiency & Renewables 1391 downloads

Free home energy audits and energy efficiency rebates