The Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee released its version of the state budget for fiscal year 2019 last week. And there's good news: Funding for our State Parks and Recreation was increased to $40 million, $2 million over the Governor's budget that was released in January. Even better, Representative Smitty Pignatelli submitted an amendment … Continue reading 1% for the Environment
Today, I prepped for Sunday's Indivisible Somerville new member orientation. It's Earth Day, so we're doing an environmentally focused event, so I had to think of something not too wonky that I could quickly explain to newcomers.
MIT first held its Day of Action, open to the entire community, last year. The Institute "paused everyday activities and devoted the day to engaging with the political, economic, environmental, and social challenges facing us today — through learning, discussion, reflection, and planning for action." It was such a success they did it again. Today, I attended … Continue reading MIT Day of Action
Environmental Defense Fund has an ambitious new project: launching a new satellite. What? Here's the back story. In 1978, NASA’s Nimbus-7 satellite verified the hole in the ozone layer, and led to a great environmental success story. The same needs to be done for methane pollution, which is responsible for a quarter of climate change … Continue reading Launching a rocket
The Red Sox are a big part of life in Massachusetts. The Red Sox have already taken some good steps on sustainability, like installing solar panels to heat water at Fenway. But those lights at Fenway use a lot of energy, so it would make a meaningful difference if the organization moved to renewable energy. … Continue reading Putting the “green” in the Green Monster
Today, I took my first shift back at the Upper Mystic Lake Dam, counting herring that come up the fish ladder to spawn, on behalf of the Mystic River Watershed Association. Here's what I wrote when I first joined the herring monitor program. No fish, which makes sense because it's early in the season. But … Continue reading Herring Monitor 2018 season kickoff
Today, I supported Nate and Jill Lada through a Kiva loan. They started a farm in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2011 through a farm incubator program. They now manage 100 certified organic acres. My loan will help them buy compost for their raised beds.
Today, I attended a fascinating talk by a fellow Conscious Capitalism Boston chapter programming committee member, Colleen Brisport. She spoke about "Business with a Human Rights Core" and made the case that human rights aren't just a negative impact that should be avoided, but also a lens by which a business can view how it … Continue reading Business with a Human Rights Core
Today, I attended the monthly Somerville Commission on Energy and Climate Change meeting. I think I may have signed up for a sub-committee, too. I hope I have the time.
Today, I sent a letter to one of Somerville's at-large alderman. The alderman sends a detailed newsletter of updates and goings on every month. It's impressive and very helpful. Unfortunately, the latest edition left out any coverage of Somerville's sustainability efforts, failing to note the upcoming Sustainaville week series of events, which coincides with Earth … Continue reading Letter to an alderman