Green Cambridge Monthly Newsletter

Cambridge, Boston and the Charles river. Photo by Alex MacLean, used with permission.
Our next monthly meeting is this Thursday, October 6th at 6:30pm at the Eastern Bank Community Room, 1 Brattle Square. We hope to see you there!
Upcoming Public Meetings:

Cambridge Transit Committee - Central Sq Senior Center, 
Wed, October 5th @ 5:30pm

Second Discussion for the Cambridge Climate Congress - Senior Center, Wed, October 5th @ 6pm
Cambridge Tree Advisory Committee- Eastern Bank Harvard Square, Tues, October 11th @ 6:00pm

Check out our new program on CCTV! Stay tuned for our next episode.
The Cambridge Trees program has been launched in Cambridge with the Plant a Tree, Water a Tree, and Tend a Tree campaigns. This program is working with the DPW and local nurseries to create a healthier and greener urban forest in Cambridge. To request a tree planting, request a free rain barrel to water trees, or to learn more about the program and how you can participate email or go to our website to request services.
Neighborhood Solar
Our Neighborhood Solar program is now live! Green Cambridge is thrilled to be able to partner with Neighborhood Solar and SunBug for our second straight year to bring discounted prices on solar installations to residents of Cambridge and surrounding areas. We are looking for volunteers to help us spread the word! For questions or to volunteer email
Seeing the Struggle

Cambridge resident and Green Cambridge board member John Pitkin has developed an innovative tool to build climate awareness. It is an illustration of climate change as a global struggle. He saw the need for an image of this kind, developed a concept, and engaged Cambridge illustrator Dr. Joyce Wang to make a painting they titled The Struggle. This handsome image is on display on the new website,, which he hopes will become a source of images for climate citizens everywhere.

"So far, the full implications of climate change have only been communicated with numbers, charts and words. These are hard to understand and harder still to hold in our heads," Pitkin says. He hopes that a picture that everyone can understand will help people respond to the climate situation "in their lives in new and more personal ways."

He is starting distribution of The Struggle in Cambridge by placing it in public spaces. Do you know a public location, building, store or business where it can be displayed? Please email suggestions to:

Green Cambridge is also offering handsome prints of The Struggle in different sizes and formats to donors who make contributions in April or May. If you would like a copy to show that you are "in the struggle," please see how to make a donation here, or email
We're now on Meetup! Join our group and join our events every third Thursday of the month, with a different topic discussion every time
Remember: you can sign up right now to get 100% of your electricity from local New England wind energy through our partnership with Mass Energy.
Dear <<First Name>>,

The second Cambridge Climate Congress opened last Saturday at City Hall, with the theme of “Building a Community of Response to Climate Change.” By all accounts it was a very successful start. It's not too late to join us! If you were there on Saturday, and are not a delegate, please let us know your feedback by completing this brief survey.

The second group discussion is this Wednesday, Oct 5 at the Senior Center. Join us at 5:30pm for snacks, with the moderated panel discussion starting at 6pm. Audience participation is actively encouraged, so bring your voice. We hope to see you there.

The drought continues, and the trees are suffering. Please join our public Facebook Group, our Cambridge Trees Advisory Committee, which meets monthly in Harvard Square and/or the SeeClickFix community to report trees that need help. And please water as many trees as you can! They need our help to survive. Volunteers are eligible to receive a Tree-shirt.

Our group buy discount program, Neighborhood Solar, in partnership with SunBug is in full swing, as part of our ongoing effort to promote solar in Cambridge. The program is open until the end of the year, and now, for the first time, includes a discount on solar hot water systems as well! If you'd like to join us in promoting this program door to door, please sign up on our website. And thank you!

Community solar is coming to Cambridge! If you're interested, please participate in this survey by Potluck Energy, Inc., a benefit corporation working on its first project in our area (I serve on their board). Community solar provides participants with discounted electricity generated by solar panels installed somewhere other than your roof, in this case a large building in Somerville.

We're still installing rain barrels and hope to make a few more over the summer with newly received funding from NEGEF. So let us know if you need help installing a rain barrel, or if you know anyone who could use a rain barrel but can't afford the expense.

Please regularly check for upcoming events and activities.  As always, our work would not be possible without donations from our generous members. Please consider supporting our work with an annual, tax deductible donation of at least $25. We greatly appreciate your support, and we'll send you this beautiful lapel pin to wear and show your support for a green Cambridge.

Quinton Y. Zondervan
Climate Congress 2016
On October 1, a Cambridge Climate Congress of 100 delegates from throughout Cambridge met in City Hall to consider and make recommendations on how everyone in the community can join in responding to climate change. The Congress is being convened by a partnership of Cambridge Mayor Denise E. Simmons, Cambridge City Councillor Jan Devereux and a coalition of grassroots groups led by Green Cambridge. 

The aim of the Congress is to develop a practical vision of climate citizenship to build a community of response to climate change. The Congress started with an informational session for all delegates. There will be a series of smaller group discussions focused on different dimensions of diversity in the Cambridge community, among ages and generations, origins, resources and wealth, faiths, and political beliefs These discussions will consider how people in different circumstances are affected by climate change and the ways that they can help respond to it. Proposals for a unified statement of response will be developed and considered for adoption at a second session of all delegates to be held on November 12.

The Congress is also being supported by the City of Cambridge, Mothers Out Front, HEET, the Home Energy Efficiency Team, and the South Asia Center. If you are interested in joining us as an observer for the remainder of the Congress, please email us at
Green Cambridge Rain Barrel Program
If you are interested in acquiring a rain barrel, volunteering, or have any questions please contact us through the website or via email.
We're providing free rain barrels made from donated food shipment drums to residents who can't otherwise afford to buy one.

Email us at
Community Leaders Needed!

Win What? The Georgetown University Energy Prize!

The City of Cambridge is seeking out motivated individuals to join our team of Block Captains to catapult the City into first place as the largest energy saver in the country. Cambridge is a semi-finalist in the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize and we need help from you to get over the goal line. If you are interested in helping your neighbors and your City save energy through Mass Save no-cost energy assessments, please fill out this brief interest questionnaire.

Questions? Email Jess at

Let's get started!

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