Green eNews February 2017: Transportation Benefits, Arts Contest, and More
Published on Feb 27, 2017 16:33

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  February 2017

Dear Staff & Community,  

Greetings! Hope this e-mail finds you well and enjoying the spring-like weather. Below are several useful resources, events, and updates for the coming weeks. Feel free to reach out with your environmental sustainability questions and ideas: [email protected] or x6856.

All the best,

Kristen Middleton
[email protected], 617.349.6856


Spring 2017 Transportation Updates!

2017 Transportation Benefits Workshops
ALL municipal employees strongly encouraged to attend one; All workshops 30 minutes
–Tuesday, February 28th, 8:30AM, Main Library
–Tuesday, February 28th, 12:15PM, Main Library
–Thursday, March 23rd, 4:30PM,  Likely City Hall  
–Tuesday, April 25th, 12:15PM,  Likely City Hall  
–Wednesday, May 17th, 3:30PM,  Location TBD  
–Friday, June 30th, 11:30AM,  344 Broadway

2017 EZRide Shuttle Stickers
New stickers are coming through Interdepartmental mail next week! 2016 stickers can be used through February 20th. Simply place your sticker on an ID or your MBTA CharlieCard and show to the driver to board an EZRide Shuttle. All municipal employees are eligible for the EZRide Shuttle. Need a sticker? Email [email protected].
More info >> 

MBTA Pass Subsidies Available
for Benefited Employees

All benefited municipal employees are eligible for MBTA pass subsidies. Non-union benefited employees are eligible for a 65% discount, up to $120/month. Union members receive a 65% discount, with the maximum amounts differing by union. Please check your union contract for more information. Benefited employees can sign up for MBTA pass subsidies through payroll.

Discounted Hubway Memberships Available
to All Municipal Employees

All City of Cambridge employees are eligible for either a reduced rate or free membership to our Hubway bikeshare program. To register, please email [email protected].
More info >> 

Benefited Employees Eligible for Emergency Ride Home
If you commute sustainably (walk, bike, bus, train, carpool) and are a benefited employee, you are eligible for a taxi voucher to be used in case of an emergency. While personal emergencies are eligible, weather emergencies or transit emergencies (slow bus, etc) are not eligible.
To register, visit the Charles River TMA >>  

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Alewife Reservation Mural Arts Contest 
Sponsored by Friends of Alewife Reservation, Cambridge Visual Arts Department, and the MWRA.

Calling all high school artists! Students have the opportunity to create flora and fauna paintings on two utility boxes at the entry bridge to the Alewife Reservation.

Subject matter: Art depictions can reflect healthy ecosystems, animals, birds, insects, and nature themes
Location: Boxes are located directly behind Alewife T Stop, across from the Passenger Pick Up area.
Dimensions: Submitted artwork need not coincide with any particular size or dimension. Winning artists will adapt their designs for painting on 5ft by 6ft utility box.
Sign up: Please sign up for this contest by Monday, March 6th with Leo Muellner, Visual Arts Teacher at CRLS (459 Broadway, 617.349.6788, [email protected]).
Submission: Artists should submit their drawings to Mr. Muellner by March 20th. Physical artwork or digital files accepted. Winners will be announced April 17th.
Funding: Friends of Alewife Reservation will take care of preparation work (sanding, washing, priming and varnish application), and each winner will receive $100 to cover any other material costs.
Contacts: Artists may contact CRLS student advisor Jake Stout ([email protected]) Friends of Alewife Intern Allie Rowe ([email protected], 617.290.4864) or Leo Muellner ([email protected]).

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Annual Go Green Challenge! 
It's almost that time again...our annual spring "Go Green Challenge" for CPS elementary schools is around the corner, and we wanted to give you a heads up! Meryl Brott (Recycling Program Manager at DPW) and Kristen Middleton (CPS Sustainability Manager) will soon be coming around to your school with Go Green Challenge worksheets for each classroom to complete and hang up.

When? Through April break.
Why? To recognize efforts to involve students in protecting natural resources.
Win! The top three schools with the highest % of completed sheets will win trophies. (Also, each classroom with a completed sheet hanging will get pencils made from recycled newspaper.)

We look forward to your school's participation! Thank you again for your commitment to environmental sustainability and to preserving our planet.

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Bring a reusable water bottle or mug to work/school. Refill throughout the day at a bubbler instead of buying disposable drinks. Why? You reduce plastic waste, and water is healthy to drink!  


Moving this spring and can’t take it all? Plan ahead and get free pick up with the Coalition for the Homeless. They have extra pickup days in Cambridge at the end of May and early June! Items must be clean and usable. Someone’s gonna love your stuff. Complete the online form for your good-condition furniture donations here. They take kitchen tables & chairs, couches & sofa chairs, ottomans, hutches, end tables, coffee tables, bed frames, dressers, bookshelves, cabinets, rugs, lamps, dishes, pots & pans, and blankets & linens. Your gently-used donations help low-income and formerly homeless families furnish their apartments at no cost to them. More info >>

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Kristen Middleton
Sustainability Manager
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