Green eNews April 2017: Happy Spring!
Published on Apr 3, 2017 14:24

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  April 2017

Dear Staff & Community,  

Hope this Green eNews finds you all well! April is a great time to ramp up your environmental activities, both indoors in your classroom and schools, as well as outside in the spring weather. Read below for news, updates, resources, and ideas!

Thanks for your commitment to caring for our planet.


Kristen Middleton
[email protected], 617.349.6856


Household Hazardous Waste Event
The first Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) event of 2017 takes place Saturday, April 8, 9AM-1PM at the Field Street parking lot of Danehy Park (follow detour signs to Birch Street because of street construction nearby).

Common items to bring to HHW events include:
• Items containing mercury (fluorescent bulbs & thermostats)
• Paints
• Propane tanks
• Chemicals
• Batteries (automobile or non-alkaline ONLY)

Visit the HHW page for more information on how to "get rid of it right."

fresh pond

Climate Change Preparedness
& Resilience Planning for the
Alewife/Fresh Pond Area 

Public Meeting
Wednesday, April 12, 6-8PM 
West Cambridge Youth Center, 680 Huron Avenue

The City will present findings from the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for the Alewife/Fresh Pond area and discuss strategies to increase preparedness and resilience. Alewife/Fresh Pond is an initial focus for the Climate Change Preparedness & Resilience (CCPR) Plan that is in development. The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment - Part 2 summary report, which focuses on the risks from sea level rise and storm surges, has been posted on the CCPR project webpage.

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Cambridge Climate Change Game 
Extending our work on face-to-face games, the MIT Science Impact Collaborative has developed a digital game on the health impacts of climate change that you can play alone on your computer or on your mobile phone. The game should take about 10-20 minutes. We would appreciate it if you could play the game at your convenience. Click here to play the game!

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Go Green Challenge is Underway at Our Elementary Schools!
Hello Teachers!

If you haven’t already, please fill out and hang your Go Green Worksheet outside your classroom as soon as possible.

Leave it up through the rest of the school year, or at least through April break.
We’ll be by your school after Friday, March 31st to tally the sheets.

The school with the highest percentage participation wins a trophy! There will be second and third place prizes, as well. Every classroom with a completed Challenge sheet will receive pencils made from recycled paper for each student.

Need to download the worksheet to fill out and hang up? Here it is >>                                    

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Re-use interoffice envelopes. (Write in small font, and cross off previous lines. Envelopes can be re-used numerous times before a new one is needed).  

Please consider coming to the drought presentation on Thursday, April 13th, 6-7:30PM at the Water Department, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway. Learn about how the drought affects water supply and the environment, and check out some informative charts and graphs. Questions? Please contact Martine Wong at: [email protected]
or 617.349.6489.

Leaves and other yard waste are banned from landfills and incinerators in Massachusetts. Residents are required to separate yard waste.

Please use the following tips for disposing of yard waste:
• Place yard waste in barrels marked with "Yard Waste Only" stickers facing the street. Request stickers here.
• Barrels should not exceed 32-gallons and should not weigh more than 50 pounds.
• Lawn refuse bags sold in most hardware stores are OK.
• No soil, dirt, sand, rocks or tree stumps.

Visit the Yard Waste page for more information.

ALL municipal employees are strongly encouraged to attend one. All workshops are 30 minutes. 

Learn about the benefits offered to you as a City employee to help you get around town without driving alone!

Tuesday, April 25
City Hall

Wednesday, May 17
5 Western Ave. 

Friday, June 30
344 Broadway

Please RSVP to Tareque at [email protected].

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Kristen Middleton
Sustainability Manager
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