Green eNews January 2017: Get Rid of It Right, Street Code, and More
Published on Jan 30, 2017 15:50

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  January 2017

Dear Staff & Community,  

Hope this e-mail finds you well and enjoying the winter season! Below are several helpful tips, events, updates, news, and resources related to environmental sustainability and our schools/community. As always, let me know if you have any questions or ideas: [email protected] or x6856.

Take care!


–Kristen Middleton
[email protected], 617.349.6856

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Remember to "Get Rid of It Right" at Breakfast and Lunch
Teachers, please remind your students…
–Milk cartons and juice cups MUST BE EMPTY before they can go in the recycle bin. Pour out all liquids before recycling your containers. Food and liquid can ruin other recyclables. Also…
–Straws go in the TRASH.
–Yogurt cups are too dirty to go in the recycling. They have to go in the TRASH. At home, rinse and then recycle them.

Thanks for helping to get rid of it right!

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Check Out the New Cambridge Street Code!
The Street Code is a resource for everyone. Whether you walk, bike, drive, or use public transportation, you play an active role in the transportation system. In order for this system to function well, each person must follow the rules, pay attention, and be patient and courteous. Simple!

The Street Code is made up of five main sections: Rules of the Road, Reduce Risk: Be Alert, Reduce Risk: Be Predictable, Responsibility, Respect Others. Check it out and take a look at the visuals demonstrating how to use the various different kinds of infrastructure on the streets in Cambridge!

For more information on the Cambridge Street Code, please contact Jennifer Lawrence at 617.349.4671 or [email protected].

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Sign Up for GREEN TEAM, Teachers!
Have your students been working on environmental projects this school year? Don't forget to register for THE GREEN TEAM so they can be recognized for their efforts! In the spring, teachers who have registered for THE GREEN TEAM send in a Teacher Response Form to report their students’ waste reduction, energy conservation, and pollution prevention activities. Participants can receive prizes – such as a garden center gift certificate or a school-wide performance by an Edutainer – to recognize their work!

The New Year is a great time to encourage your students to take THE GREEN TEAM PLEDGE. This activity encourages students to take action at home or at school help protect the environment. During the 2015-2016 school year, more than 3,000 students took the pledge.

The GREEN TEAM recently posted a new table aligning GREEN TEAM activities with the 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework. Several Green TEAM lessons and activities align with these standards, including:
Climate Change Activities
Composting Lesson Plan
Light Bulb Lesson
Slash Trash Lesson Plan
Clean Air and Idling Reduction Activities

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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!

Cambridge Energy Alliance 
The Cambridge Energy Alliance, a program of the City of Cambridge Community Development Department helps residents, businesses, and organizations to obtain energy efficiency and renewable energy services. You can sign up for energy audits and ask questions through the energy advisor service.


Reduce the font size of documents before printing. Why? Because you will save paper and ink.  

Do you get unwanted mail from retailers, credit card companies, or cable/phone companies? You can opt out of mailings from more than 4,000 companies with Catalog Choice and help reduce waste. For example, you can stop getting weekly circulars from Global Direct, they will honor opt-out requests, so add them to “your choices”. Just register for FREE to create an account to start cleaning out your mailbox. To date, more than 3,700 Cambridge residents have signed up and opted out of nearly 25,000 different unwanted mailings!

Did you know that CRLS has a bottle filling station and so far has helped eliminate waste from more than 20,000 disposable plastic bottles? Awesome!!! Next time you are in CRLS, fill your water bottle from the dispensers in the back of the cafeteria! 

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.
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Winter Tree Scavenger Hunt for Families at Fresh Pond
Thursday, February 23rd, 10:30-11:30AM
It can be hard to tell trees apart in the wintertime without their leaves, but you can learn how to look for differences in buds, bark, and branching patterns. Join Ranger Jean for this outdoor scavenger hunt in the woods of Fresh Pond Reservation. We will then head inside to talk about what we found! Kids 8 to 10 years old and their families or caretakers welcome! No dogs please. Be sure to come dressed for the outdoors. Please RSVP by Feb. 21st to [email protected] for meeting location.

Winter Nature Storytime
Fridays, February 3 & 17
Time: 10 to 11AM
Location: Art Room at Neville Place, 650 Concord Ave.
Join us for nature story time at Fresh Pond! Children and their caretakers are welcome to join us for some arts and crafts, followed by nature story time. We will read about winter and what humans and wildlife do during this time. Bring warm clothes and go for a winter walk after story time is over! Please feel free to contact Catherine Pedemonti to RSVP or with any questions. Directions: Enter the back building and turn left. The art room is at the end of the hall on the first floor.

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Kristen Middleton
Sustainability Manager
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