Concord Sustainable Coffee
AN UPDATE ON CONCORD’S CLIMATE PLAN
Tuesday, October 15, 7:30-9 AM
This coffee will look at what the Town and people of Concord have done, are doing, and are expected to do going forward, to address the climate emergency and meet the ambitious goals adopted after the affirmative vote at Town Meeting in 2017.
The Town Meeting article that specified these goals also included budgeting of funds to cover the hiring of a full time Sustainability Director, along with a Climate Action Advisory Board (CAAB) to work with that Director and a hired consultant to assist the Board with developing a Climate Action Plan for the Town. All of this organizational structure is now in place.
At this coffee we will hear from Brian Foulds, the current Chair of the CAAB. Brian will speak as a private citizen and share his own perspectives. He will inform us about work the Town and CAAB have accomplished to date and the process that will be followed on the road to an official Climate Action Plan. The presentation will be followed by a moderated Q&A. Other Town officials and volunteer Board members will be specially invited to attend and participate in the discussion.
This is a free public event, occurring monthly, and offering hot beverages and delicious local goodies.
NMI/Starmet Site Reuse
Thursday, October 17th
Two sessions: 5-6:45 pM
and 7-8:45 pM
Concord Town House, 2nd floor public meeting room
22 Monument Square
Since this past June, the NMI/Starmet Reuse Planning Committee has been meeting monthly to consider which of the possible uses for this sizable property should be realized. Many ideas have been suggested as input to the 2019 Comprehensive Long-Range Plan, including solar energy generation, commercial and/or residential development, recreation, or use for municipal purposes such as a new public works facility. The committee, which is chaired by Gary Kleiman, is leaning toward multiple purpose development for the site in order to achieve the maximum potential benefit. These possible uses and the current state of planning will be presented in two public hearings on October 17th at the Town House. ConcordCAN! encourages concerned residents to learn about the potential uses, and to attend one of the hearings to have their voices heard.
Town of Concord & ReUsit.org
CONCORD DROP-OFF/SWAP OFF
Saturday, October 19th, 9 aM-3 pM
Concord Public Works, Keyes Road
The bi-annual Drop-off/Swap-off event is a fantastic way for the items we no longer need to be reused, recycled or disposed of properly. And it is a fun and easy way you can help out the community by volunteering. There are many volunteer positions left to fill on both the DropOff and SwapOff sides. If you have not signed up to volunteer yet or are willing to step up to be a Team Leader, please visit ReUsIt and sign up now! Or send an email to dropoff@ReUsIt. Whether you can make it this time or not, please help us get out the word by forwarding this to others who may not have volunteered before and telling them what a fun and rewarding experience it can be. Tell your neighbors. Tell your friends. Tell your kids. Tell your parents. You are our best volunteer recruiting resource!
Concord Sustainability Division
SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING WORKSHOPS
Constructing Your Project
Tuesday October 8th,
9 aM-11 aM
Concord Police/Fire Station
Maintaining Your Yard
Saturday October 26th,
9 aM-11 aM
Harvey Wheeler Community Center
Concord has partnered with Kim Lundgren Associates and Bohler Engineering to creating a Sustainable Landscape Workshop series and a handbook. The first workshop happened in September, but there are two remaining. Ideal for residents, businesses, and partners to build a network of support for implementing sustainable landscape design, installation, and maintenance principles. For more information and to sign up, visit the Sustainable Landscape page.
Tuesday, October 29,
6:30 PM – Light supper,
7 PM – Film
147 Concord Road, Lincoln
A Working Group of international scientists is deciding whether to declare a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – a planet shaped more by mankind than nature. Its members tell the story of the Anthropocene and argue whether it’s a tragedy, a comedy, or something more surreal. With archival footage, award-winning stills and interviews, Anthropocene proposes a common secular narrative for mankind but leaves viewers to decide how we should write the ending. The film has the blessing of Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen, who coined the term, and is the first feature film about the Anthropocene. It is now our turn to decide–in this decade–how the Anthropocene will end.
SAVE THE DATE
Concord Drives Electric
ELECTRIC VEHICLE RIDE
and DRIVE EVENT
Saturday, November 2, 11 aM-3 pM
Concord-Carlisle High School
500 Walden St, Concord
Test drive a wide variety of new electric cars from leading automakers. EV Specialists will be on site to answer your questions about the vehicles, charging and incentives. Save time by signing up in advance via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Valid driver’s license required, and all drivers and riders need to sign a liability waiver. For more information on the incentives which CMLP is offering for electric vehicles, visit ConcordDrivesElectric.org.
AROUND METROWEST BOSTON
WHY TRUST SCIENCE?
Wednesday, October 16,
7 PM – 8 PM
1400 Mass. Ave. Cambridge
A discussion and signing of Naomi Oreskes’, Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University, latest book, (Why Trust Science), which offers a bold and compelling defense of science, revealing why the social character of scientific knowledge is its greatest strength—and the greatest reason we can trust it. Listen to her TED Talk about why we should believe in science.
of Natural History
THE PERIL AND PROMISE OF SOLAR GEO-ENGINEERING
Free Public Lecture
Wednesday, October 30, 6 PM
Geological Lecture Hall
24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Solar geoengineering research aims to reduce the impacts of global climate change. One possibility is to put aerosols into the stratosphere to alter Earth’s energy budget. This emerging technology entails risks and uncertainties, along with serious challenges to global governance. The greatest threat, perhaps, is that it will be used as a technical fix and encourage people to avoid the emissions cuts that are fundamental to curbing long-term climate risks. David Keith, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, will describe the simple physics underlying the climate’s response to stratospheric aerosols, the risks, and the trade-offs among solar geoengineering, carbon removal, and emissions reductions.