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Green Apple Day of Service 2013

From the Boston Green Schools Blog:

It was bedlam as Ms. Selznick’s 4th Grade science class streamed through the Curley K-8 School’s outdoor classroom, picking up trash and winterizing the garden beds. Then suddenly the call went up, “Bunny!” and everyone fell silent, slowly circling around to catch a glimpse of the animal. It was not the only wildlife to capture the attention of the students. They also learned about snails and garden management, explored the outdoor classroom and picked up litter for their Green Apple Day of Service.


A Greenovate rundown on Mayor Menino's $16 million housing plan

What better time to talk about housing in Boston than September -- a month when 70,000 Bostonians are moving into rental units across our city.


National Preparedness Month: 5 tips on how to prepare for climate change in Boston

In a recent study on population, climate change and storm frequency, science journal Nature Climate Change ranked the Top 10 metropolitan areas that are vulnerable to the largest average annual losses from flooding.


Announcement: Residential compost drop-offs come to Boston!

Starting in mid-August, the City of Boston will be piloting the use of three farmers' markets as drop-off sites for residential food scraps!  We're excited to be partnering with the Mayor's Office of Food Initiatives and Office of New Urban MechanicsRenewable Waste Solutions (they're donating their hauling services!), as well as the farmers' markets in Bowdoin-Geneva, Harvard-Allston and Egleston Square.  Food scraps will be transported to Rocky Hill Farm in Saugus, Massachusetts.

This free, three-month pilot comes at the heels of the community feedback we heard at the Article 89 zoning / urban agriculture meetings and will help us determine the future of composting in Boston.  The Mayor's official press release can be found here.


What climate change means for Boston heat waves

Northeasterners on Twitter were imaginative to say the least:



#CompostBos brings exciting changes to the City’s waste reduction efforts


This fall, the City of Boston is piloting an expanded Community Compost Program that will provide five drop-off locations for residential food scraps in Boston.

“Composting is important for Boston’s growing urban agriculture movement and meeting our waste reduction goals,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “This program demonstrates Boston’s commitment to composting and willingness to try new approaches.”


Project Oscar consists of two key-pad locked containers—one in East Boston and another in the North End—where residents can drop off food scraps. This pilot will run from September 22 to November 30. To sign up, click here for the North End and here for East Boston.

“As we explore various means of getting food out of our waste stream, lack of storage is often a major impediment in Boston’s denser neighborhoods,” said Public Works Commissioner, Michael Dennehy.” Project Oscar is a new model that may help Boston and other dense cities collect food scraps in Neighborhoods, where it might not be possible through traditional collection methods.”

The second program, a farmers’ market collection, is a spin-off of last year’s pilot and will begin this Friday, September 12, and continue through the end of the market season. This year, the City will be experimenting at three new markets—Dudley SquareAshmont-Peabody, and Roslindale. The Department of Public Works will be providing the hauling services and City Soil, a local Boston company, will at the markets to collect your food scraps and answer all your compost-related questions! The program hopes to build off of the success of last year’s pilot program, whichdiverted 6,000 pounds of food scraps from the waste stream.

All of the food scraps collected from the program will go to Rocky Hill Farm and turned into compost.





Chief Brian Swett Responds to President Obama's Climate Action Plan

President Obama’s announcement yesterday of several federal climate change initiatives will reduce greenhouse gas emissions nationwide and help prepare the country for the impacts of climate change. As a coastal city, Boston is especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Without significant national and international action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Boston and many other cities could face potentially catastrophic impacts within the next 100 years.


Find Greenovate on Boston's City Hall-to-Go Truck!


If you haven't heard, Mayor Menino unveiled this season's mobile truck, which houses City Hall to Go, which will begin its regular rotation starting Tuesday, July 2, 2013. In addition to the multitude of services from last year, such as being able to pay property taxes and requesting birth, marriage and death certificates, Bostonians can now sign up for Renew Boston's energy audits and weatherizations, and can request recycling bin stickers!


Join us for the #UrbanAgBos Live Twitter Chat!


On Wednesday June 19th, working in conjunction with the ongoing urban agriculture community meetings, the Greenovate Fellows will be joining the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the Mayor's Office of Food Initiatives, and Boston-area farmers to discuss the City's proposed Article 89 zoning ordinance, which aims to expand urban farming in Boston's city limits.

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