Today, I attended a meeting for the Brattle Film Foundation's Development Committee. They meet monthly and frankly I've been away too long. There's so much going on there!
I've written before about the crisis in journalism and how it equates to a crisis for democracy. And the crisis in journalism is less about the quality of reporting and more about unfavorable economics. Business models have been eroded. New institutions are needed. Today, I began the process of participating in Civil, a platform with the … Continue reading Can Civil save journalism?
Today, as part of the Climate Coalition of Somerville, I met with Somerville's Director of Planning and the Senior Planner heading up the City's zoning rewrite. We are pushing to ensure that the zoning code is aligned with the City's carbon neutral by 2050 pledge. And the good news is the planning department seems to … Continue reading Somerville Planning Department
Hurricane Florence is battering the Carolinas and beyond right now. The rain continues and floodwaters are still rising so there's more misery and tragedy to come. Today, I made a donation to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Florence relief. It was my first use of text donations, for what it's worth, through T Mobile.
I have mixed feelings about zoos. On one hand, they confine animals to small areas that can't truly capture native habitats. On the other hand, they contribute to research and they also give an entry point to youth who may be inspired by nature and the environment, and to adults who may never have the … Continue reading Stone Zoo
Yesterday, there was a series of some 60 house fires and at least 3 explosions in the city of Lawrence, just 25 miles North of Somerville. This was due in some way to the gas infrastructure, though it's still entirely clear what happened. Hundreds if not thousands of families have been evacuated as power was … Continue reading Lawrence Emergency Fund
Today, I did some deeper research in understanding how municipal policy can best support net-zero energy buildings. Net-zero buildings are basically an approach that aims to drive energy efficiency as high as possible (for example, through Passive House standards), and then ensuring that remaining energy is consumed without emissions, either through on-site or off-site renewables … Continue reading Passive houses and net-zero buildings
Get ready for a new look Indivisible Somerville. Today, I attended a steering committee meeting for Indivisible Somerville. The Institute for Social Engagement spun-out from Indivisible Somerville this summer. With summer over, the organization is ready to get moving again and we'll come out with some new announcements and activities soon.
It was a Tuesday. September 11, 2001 was a Tuesday. Just like today is a Tuesday. Today, I made a donation to Tuesday’s Children, which serves communities altered by terrorism and acts of violence. Never forget.
Today, I attended the monthly meeting of the Climate Coalition of Somerville. We had a great meeting this month, with a special guest, Carol Oldham from the Massachusetts Climate Action Network, of which we're a member. We got excellent validation of our efforts from Carol, and learned a ton about how other organizations operate as … Continue reading Climate Coalition of Somerville monthly meeting