On February 25, the Forum at the First Parish in Concord was the setting for a lively and well-attended discussion on regional water sharing, using the ongoing controversy over Nagog Pond as a case study. Green Acton member Kim Kastens opened the event with a slide presentation in which she laid out the context for why water issues are now emerging in eastern Massachusetts, and then dived into the water-related aspects of the Nagog Pond case. She ended with two sets of conclusions: the first sketched a potential environment-friendly resolution to the current Nagog controversy. The second was a broader set of lessons learned, applicable no matter what happens at Nagog Pond. Kastens’ full slide deck is here, and her “lessons learned” slide is below:
At our December 2017 meeting, Green Acton signed on to the letter below in support of the Environmental Justice Act (H.2913 / S.426). And here is a link to a one-pager explaining this proposed legislation.
Please mark your calendars and plan to participate.
Acton Cleanup Week: April 22 – April 29
This year, Acton Cleanup will be a week long.
The Cleanup is being co-organized by the Acton Chinese-American Civic Society. You can learn more about them at the ACACS website.
The new site to let everyone know about streets that need cleaning, or streets that are already clean, and to sign up to clean streets, is ready now at actoncleanup.info.
We encourage everyone to sign up for a site and make a difference. This service for your community can be done anytime from Saturday April 22 through April 29.
On Saturday April 29, our usual Cleanup Day crews with a list of areas needing your help will be available to give out bags and gloves, and collect the debris that has been removed from the streets and paths of our town.
Stay tuned for details! Or contact us today at email@example.com .
30th Annual Local Environmental Action conference: Sunday, March 5th at Northeastern University, Boston, MA
- Great way to connect with other towns and see what they are working on, and gain exposure to new ideas and information on climate / clean energy issues
- Nearly 20 workshops that cover a range of issues and skills – from the future of energy in New England, to organizing in the age of Trump, to the health impacts of fracked gas well-heads to your kitchen stove
- Recognize our many victories over the year and be inspired to go back and continue the fight to protect the health and safety of our communities, our environment, and our climate
- Kandi Mossett
Kandi Mossett is a powerful Indigenous leader and environmental justice hero on the frontlines of the fight to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. A member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, Kandi is the Indigenous Environmental Network’s Extreme Energy & Just Transition Campaign Coordinator, leading the fight to raise awareness about the environmentally & socially devastating effects of hydraulic fracturing on tribal lands. We’re so honored to have her joining us to share lessons from NoDAPL and her international and national climate advocacy work.
- Lois Gibbs
Lois Gibbs is known by many as the mother of the anti-toxics movement and the federal Superfund program. Lois was a housewife living in Niagara Falls, New York in 1978 when she learned that her neighborhood, Love Canal, was built on top of 21,000 tons of hazardous chemical waste. After successfully organizing her neighbors to win the evacuation and cleanup of Love Canal, Lois went on to found the Center for Health, Environment & Justice and has helped communities across the country fight to protect themselves from toxic exposures. Most recently, Lois has been working on the ground in Flint, Michigan.
Register online here and read up on the conference agenda information here. Breakfast and lunch are included in all tickets. Cohosted by the Massachusetts Climate Action Network and the Toxics Action Center.
95% of Acton’s households get their water from the Acton Water District. This water comes entirely from shallow water wells from within the boundaries of the Town. Only certain geological settings are suitable for extracting water, and most of the good sites in Acton have been drilled already, or are not available for drilling. Conscientious conservation measures have kept Acton’s water usage within the boundaries of the available water supply. However, should any of the wells become unavailable, or precipitation patterns change, or development continue unchecked, Acton’s need for water could exceed the amount of water we can draw from within our borders. What will we do then?
Below is the text of Green Acton’s 2016 letter to the EPA about the Grace cleanup site. A PDF is available here Continue reading
In 2013, Green Acton presented six ideas to the Board of Selectmen on the next best steps on how to reduce material waste in Acton, and thus move the town towards a zero-waste vision.
- A Swap Shed,
- Recycling at Recreation Areas
- Better Communications about Recycling
- Require Private Haulers to Report Tonnages,
- Explore Trash Pricing Options
- Extended Producer Responsibility Resolution
Here’s what the selectmen decided in 2013 about these initiatives.
The garden design seeks to create a sustainable tribute to Charlotte, with:
- flower/foliage characteristics that include drought tolerance;
- use of native plants, herbs, daisies, groundcovers, bulbs and wildflowers;
- easy care;
- fragrant tall plants along the sidewalk to provide screening, and between the children’s library windows;
- spring to fall continuum of bloom; and a
- tapestry of varied foliage.
See the planting recommendations for a plant list, volunteer contact info, photos, and other details.
Volunteers are needed to help with:
What: Ongoing garden maintenance— (weeding, watering when needed, etc.),
When: Any two weeks over the summer and fall. Two 1-2 hour visits each week are recommended.
How: Instructions will be supplied.
This now-defunct group worked on education and advocacy around climate issues. Continue reading
Hosted Charles Parker, lead author of “Concord Energy Master Plan.” Charles talked about Concord’s energy plan, including the wider context that drives the plan (peak oil + climate change), and the specifics of how the plan envisions reducing Concord’s energy footprint via actions in all sectors: town, school, residents, businesses, and the Concord municipal light plant. Includes direct energy reduction strategies, clean energy production, and the secondary forces that drive energy use: land use, materials use, transportation planning, and more.
Link to PDF of plan: http://goo.gl/hNM19
Link to PPT of slides (19 MB): http://goo.gl/KeWC6