Who We Are
ConcordCAN! is an independent grassroots organization in Concord, Massachusetts. Our mission is to promote sustainability, to advocate for environmentally positive policies and behaviors, and to work in cooperation with other local organizations on important environmental issues. We bring speakers, documentary films, and monthly newspaper columns to local residents. On this website you will find timely and thoughtful articles, environmental book reviews, and suggestions of other websites where information on sustainable living can be found.
DONATE TO CONCORDCAN!
We are a local chapter of MCAN, the Massachusetts Climate Action Network. By sending your donation through MCAN you will get credit toward a tax deduction on your federal income tax. If you want to use your charge card, click on the "Donate Now" button to reach the MCAN donation page. Fill out their donation form, selecting the ConcordCAN option under Program Designation. If you prefer to write a check, make it out to MCAN, with "for ConcordCAN" written on the notation line. Send to Bradley Hubbard-Nelson, Treasurer, ConcordCAN!, 221 Nashawtuc Rd, Concord, MA 01742.
A group of Concord citizens, who participated in the hugely successful Global Warming Symposium and Fair at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School in March 2007, felt strongly that a local climate action organization was needed. ConcordCAN!, a voluntary organization, was launched in January 2008.
We believe it is time for communities everywhere to transition to locally based economies that rely much less on fossil fuels, conserve energy, seek out alternative energy sources, grow and produce foods locally, and generally reduce carbon emissions, waste and pollution of the natural environment.
"Going Local" is central to our vision. Being a part of a worldwide movement, the impact of small changes made here will be multiplied many times over. We do not have to wait for large-scale govenmental action to address climate change and unsustainable resource consumption patterns.
At the same time, we are mindful of the need for large-scale governmental action. New governmentally initiated policies and programs will be critical for the long-term survival of all life on our planet. With that in mind, we join and support regional and national climate action movements such as 350.org.
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ConcordCAN! is a chapter of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) www.massclimateaction.org
What We Do
ConcordCAN! hosts a monthly Coffee on the third Tuesday morning of the month at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center. Our topics range from solar to water, from food and farming to re-localizing the economy, from climate change adaptation to socially responsible investing. At each coffee, we seek to learn from local experts; get to know each other better through lively dialogues on all aspects of sustainability; and help build a resilient community. Please join us for strong coffee, local goodies, and, above all, food for thought.
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Working to Build a Sustainable Community
In addition to our own initiatives and programs, ConcordCAN! has carried out its mission through representation on various Town and civic groups whose goals for the community overlap our own. Some important examples of this are:
• By becoming part of a group of Concord citizens, town officials, and local experts who formed a steering and advisory committee in 2011 to discuss ways of promoting a sustainable food system in Concord. This led to a comprehensive local food assessment. Read about it on the Concord Food Network .
• By joining in the Concord Food Council that was formed upon recommendation in the Concord Food Report.
• By sending representatives to a “Healthy Communities” Steering Group initiated by the Concord Division of Public Health. This group helps guide an assessment of what Concord needs to be a truly “healthy” community in the broadest sense of the word. Click here for information about this project.
• Our environmental activism has included organizing the filing of two warrant articles related to sustainability at the 2011 Annual Town Meeting. These articles were both passed, and the Town adopted four sustainability principles set forth in one of the articles as official guidelines for municipal decision-making
• We have collaborated with the League of Women Voters, the Concord Free Public Library, the Concord Museum, Audubon’s Drumlin Farm, the Walden Woods Project, Carlisle Climate Action, the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education, Musketaquid Arts and Environment and several local faith communities.
ConcordCAN!’s Focus on Food
In 2010, ConcordCAN! launched Gardening for Life, which hosts free monthly programs and field trips that encourage household gardeners to grow, harvest, store and prepare our own food as a step towards building a healthy, humane and sustainable food system.
We are a participant in the Concord Food Network,which maintains an informative website describing all facets of the local food movement in Concord.