Green eNews November 2015: So Many Ways to Get Involved!
Published on Nov 10, 2015 13:35

  November 2015

Dear Staff and Community,

We have exciting updates, events, and volunteer opportunities related to sustainability in our schools and City of Cambridge happening over the next few weeks. Please read below for all the information!

Thanks for all you do for the environment!

Happy fall,


KLO composting

Help Kids Compost!
Love kids? Love composting? Volunteer, a little or a lot, to remind students "what goes where" and why we compost and recycle. Breakfast shifts are ~7:30-8:30AM and lunch shifts are ~11AM-1:15PM. You can help the continued success of the school composting programs! Please email [email protected] to learn more and join the team.

fall foliage

Kids' Opportunity to Explore Fresh Pond
Wednesday, November 11 | 1-2:30PM
Ranger Ramble for families with children 4-8 at Fresh Pond. Explores Black's Nook, the Butterfly Meadow, and Lusitania Field. Participants will look for animals' signs and changes in the landscape and explore how animals look for food and shelter for the winter or chose ways to survive that might involve staying active, changing shape, taking long naps, hibernating or migrating. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please register for starting place and parking information with Martine at [email protected].


Bike Safety Reminders
Please watch for bikes as you bike/walk/drive to school. Our bikers are our children, our fathers, our mothers, our teachers, our employees, and more! This is especially important as the days grow darker, earlier. We want everyone to be safe!

The City of Cambridge continues to work to remind motorists of their responsibilities in the “Watch for Bikes” campaign. Please read this brochure and spread the word! Thank you.

Highlights of the "Watch for Bikes" Brochure:
• LOOK before turning
• LOOK before opening a car door
• LOOK before you enter a main street out of a driveway or side street

Donate Your Extra Reusable
Shopping Bags!

The Cambridge Recycling Advisory Committee (RAC) is sponsoring a reusable bag drive Nov 2015-Jan 2016. Many of us have more reusable bags than we actually use. Let’s reuse and donate clean, empty and useful bags! Our goal is to collect 10,000 bags and give them to Cambridge residents that need them most. Click here for a list of locations that are accepted donations of reusable bags!

This effort is in advance of the Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance (BYOB) which takes effect March 31, 2016. The purpose of the Ordinance is to reduce disposable checkout bags by retail establishments to protect the marine environment, advance solid waste reduction, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect waterways. The Ordinance seeks to reduce the number of plastic and paper bags being burned, used, discarded and littered, and to promote the use of reusable checkout bags.

cider pressing

CitySprouts Cider Press
Volunteers Needed

We're still looking for volunteers for cider pressing! Come cut apples, make cider, and watch children having fun as they explore the garden. We have open volunteer shifts on: Thursday, November 12 (AM). Interested in volunteering? Email Mike Hachey at [email protected].  

Also, stay connected to CitySprouts and read about the wonderful things we are doing in Cambridge schools by following us on social media! Get up-to-the-minute updates by reading our blog and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Volunteer at Fresh Pond!
Wake Up and Weed!
Every Thursday | 10AM-12Noon

(Meet at the volunteer trailer in the front parking lot)
Join our weed-warrior crew! We are Fresh Pond citizens dedicated to keeping invasive plants at bay for the benefit of wildlife, water and humans alike. Volunteers play an integral role at Fresh Pond in supporting native wildlife and plant communities. No experience or long-term commitment necessary! All tools are provided; sturdy shoes, pants, long-sleeves and a water bottle are strongly recommended. Come drop by!

perennial winter

Urban Gardening Workshop at
Cambridge Public Library!

Saturday, November 14 | 10:30AM-12Noon 
Cambridge Public Library 
Register here >>
Wondering when to cut back your perennials and how long into autumn you can plant or prune perennials, trees, and shrubs? Anna Fialkoff will discuss the steps to transitioning your garden into winter dormancy and guide you through a timeline for what to do when. This class is part of the Urban Gardening Series a set of classes designed to help city dwellers grow healthy, sustainable, and beautiful urban gardens. Led by New England Wildflower Society staff in partnership with the Cambridge Conservation Commission, these free classes take place at the Cambridge Public Library.  


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In partnership with Cambridge Public Health we encourage you to drink tap water and to stay hydrated. You will notice new stickers above the bubblers! Tap water is a great choice for health and for the environment. 

Read about the future of improving bicycle transportation in the City of Cambridge! Learn more >>

Friday November 13

Join the CWD and research astronomer Dr. Joshua Roth for a glimpse at the heavens at Payson Park Reservoir in Belmont! Unbeknownst to many, this park contains a covered reservoir of drinking water that is purified before it is gravity-fed to Cambridge residents. We will explore the cosmos using telescopes, learning about the wonders of the night sky, how to identify seasonal constellations, and much more. Be sure to bundle up for the weather of the evening! All ages welcome. Register with [email protected] for planning purposes; meeting details will be provided when you register. We’ll have lots of interactive indoor activities in the case of inclement weather!

with Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation
Saturday, November 14

Today we will look for migrating songbirds and waterfowl that stop at Fresh Pond Reservation to rest and feed while on the way south for the winter. We also may see a variety of year-round avian residents. We have a telescope for close looks at ducks on the water, and binoculars to lend you if you don’t have your own. Beginners are welcome! Children are welcome with an adult. To register and for important parking information, email Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond


On Saturday, November 14, we need to train dozens of passionate volunteers so that they can then head out to knock on doors in the Monday collection route to ensure residents got their green bins and know how to collect food scraps for compost pickup! Help us maximize participation to ensure this program is a success and expands citywide. We'll provide volunteers training and supplies! Sign up at:
[email protected]. Thank you!

Cambridge residents and City employees are invited to tour the Casella recycling facility in Charlestown on November 18 in the morning. No children under 16. Tours last about 2 hours and involve walking on narrow catwalks and stairs, close to heavy equipment. You must be able to walk at a steady pace with a group. We meet at DPW and carpool, so please let us know if can drive and how many people you can take. Email [email protected] 
to sign up, and we’ll send you detailed info.


Kristen von Hoffmann
Sustainability Manager
Email Kristen

Cambridge Green Schools Initiative
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