Green eNews December 2016: Holiday Wishes, Tips, and More!
Published on Dec 15, 2016 11:08

  December 2016

Dear Staff & Community,  

Season’s Greetings! Thank you for a productive semester of sustainability initiatives, lowering your energy use and carbon footprint, and continuing to recycle and compost. The planet – and future generations – thank you.

Have a restful holiday vacation, and we’ll see you in January!


–Kristen Middleton
[email protected], 617.349.6856

Credit: Marie Macchiarolo

Save-the-Date: Municipal Employee Transportation Fair
Join us on January 11th, 2017 at any time between 2-5pm for our annual Transportation Fair. We’ll have tasty snacks, representatives to talk to you about your transportation benefits, games, and door prizes. One lucky attendee will get a Microkickboard Scooter!

When: January 11, 2017 | 2-5PM
What: Transportation Benefits Fair
Where: 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor


Winter Farmers Market
Support local and small businesses this Holiday season! Head to their fair on December 17, 10AM-2PM.
Get more info>>   

bag recycling

Recycle those Plastic Bags! 
While it’s environmentally ideal to use cloth or re-usable bags for shopping, sometimes we end up with plastic bags. However, plastic bags can greatly harm wildlife in waterways and oceans, and when they get trashed at a landfill; the dioxins in the plastic are chemically hazardous. But there is a solution – you can recycle those plastic bags!

Recycle clean and empty bags at the Recycling Center during open hours or at local supermarkets. Look for a collection bin near the front of the store or ask customer service: Harvest Coop (580 Mass Ave), Star/Shaw's Market (699 Mt. Auburn St, 20 Sidney St, Porter Sq Shopping Center & Twin City Plaza), Whole Foods (200 Alewife Brook Parkway, 340 River St, & 115 Prospect St). Click here for a list of what is accepted ~ and thank you for recycling!

Recycling Advisory Committee 
Waste reduction fights climate change! 42% of US greenhouse gas emissions are from materials management. Help us meet Cambridge’s waste reduction goals and stay informed with the monthly Cambridge recycling e-newsletter. Full of practical information, helpful tips, and fun events, this newsletter regularly receives compliments from the many Cambridge residents already subscribed! You can sign up quickly here >>


Donate old classroom items to a local charity. Why? Because your donation will be re-used instead of thrown away.  

Cambridge DPW is hiring for two paid part-time positions. We are looking for a Waste Reduction Outreach Assistant and a Recycling Center Monitor.

See our map of locations where you can shop second-hand (red and green pins).

In Allston, Harvard Surplus has LOADS of great stuff to give away. Thursdays, 10am - 2pm, 156 Western Avenue. Open to all, first-come, first served.
More info >>


Fresh Pond Activities
& Events!

Regular volunteer opportunities:
–Tuesdays 9:30-1: Woodland Restoration Area Native Plant Gardening
–Thursdays 10-noon: Wake Up & Weed
–Fridays 10-11am: Fresh Pond Kids Walks
Please RSVP to [email protected] unless otherwise specified for planning purposes. 

Preparing Urban Forests for Climate Change
January 24-25 | MIT
This workshop is aimed at urban and community forestry professionals, planners, and others in the Boston region on how to develop and implement management actions to help urban forests respond to climate change. The workshop is organized by the US Forest Service Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science with support from MAPC, MA Department of Conservation & Recreation, City of Cambridge, Trust for Public Land, and MIT. Small registration fee applies to cover lunch.
More information and registration >>

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Kristen Middleton
Sustainability Manager
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