Green eNews June 2015: End-of-Year Reminders, Summer Fun & More
Published on Jun 24, 2015 12:46

Green eNews
  June 24, 2015
Go Green Challenge

Dear Teachers & Community, 

Thank you so much for participating in the Go Green Challenge this spring! We so greatly appreciate your motivation and the lessons, practices, and work in your classroom that supports sustainability and the environment. Many of you are …

  • making an effort to print double-sided
  • composting or have a worm bin your classroom
  • turning off lights when you can
  • using power strips instead of plugging directly into the outlet
  • putting all computers to sleep at the end of the day
  • caring for plants
  • taking your students outside in nature
It is your caring for the planet and the work that you do with your students that has a lasting ripple effect on future generations to come. Thank you so much. In these last few days of school, we ask that you to recycle and donate your classroom waste as you clean out your rooms.

Have a great summer!



End-of-Year Clean Out Reminders

  • Remember that all cardboard needs to be broken down flat, and please make every effort to recycle all that PAPER!!
  • Notebooks, file folders, construction paper, magazines and workbooks, white and colored paper, index cards, paper posters, and pocket folders can all be recycled.
  • No need to remove paper clips, staples, or spiral binding.
  • Where to donate >> 
Any questions?
Contact Meryl Brott at [email protected].


award ceremony

Pictured above: Mellissa Honeywood, Director of Food Services; myself; Meryl Brott, Recycling Program Manager at DPW accepting the 2015 U.S. Green Ribbon Schools District Award in Washington DC on June 3rd.

Neil and Go Green

Pictured above: Teacher Neil DiMaio standing next to his Go Green Challenge worksheet and Energy postcards that his students filled out; Neil and his students completed the Go Green Challenge!

safety video

2-Minute Video: Traffic Safety in Cambridge
Through a grant provided through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), the Cambridge Police filmed a new public service announcement (PSA) that is designed to create awareness around traffic safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. This new two-minute PSA contains features Officers Matthew Brown and Oswaldo Ortiz and was filmed in and around MIT, Central Square and Harvard Square. To watch the video, visit  

This is important information for everyone.
Please share widely!


Don’t toss vegetable scraps from cooking! Save these trimmings in a covered container in the fridge and then use them to make soup stock so you won’t have to buy a boxed version.

CitySprouts is offering Community cooking classes for parents and children. Classes will feature healthy, affordable, easy to replicate meals. Allergies can be accommodated.
Date: June 24 | 5:30-7:15PM
Peabody School Teachers Lounge
Cost: $3/adult, $1/child
Register: Contact CitySprouts FoodCorps service member Amanda Chin at 781.499.2446 or [email protected].
Please share with your networks.

Working in the schools this summer? The Community Development Department and the Cambridge Women’s Commission continue their Wednesday walking series through the summer. Each walk begins at 12PM and is approximately 2 miles. The walks are designed to be fun and casual.

Any questions, please Jennifer Lawrence at [email protected] or 617.349.4671.

June 17:
 Leaving 344 Broadway at 12pm (DPW at 12:10)
June 24: Leaving DPW at 12pm (344 Broadway at 12:10); Emily and Jen not available
July 1: Leaving 344 at 12pm (DPW at 12:10)
July 8: DPW
July 15: 344
July 22: DPW
July 29: 344
August 5: DPW
August 12: 344
August 19: DPW

The City of Cambridge has officially advanced to the Semifinal round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP) a national competition that is challenging communities across the U.S. to rethink their energy use. At a press event in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 14, Cambridge was announced as one of the 50 communities who are leading the way on energy efficiency. Cambridge is working on many levels to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions to make the city more sustainable.

…Look for more ways the schools will be involved in the GUEP this fall with fun activities, programs, and projects in the horizon! Any questions, please contact Meghan Shaw of the Cambridge Energy Alliance: [email protected].


Kristen von Hoffmann
Sustainability Manager
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Cambridge Green Schools Initiative
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