Tips for Greenovating Boston until the very end of summer.
This summer has been one of record-breaking heat and big milestones for the Greenovate community! The Edward M. Kennedy Academy won the 2016 MassDEP Green Team Award, Sophomores at Boston Green Academy passionately advocated for environmentally-friendly food systems at their BGA GREENTalks, Mayor Walsh announced three new participants in the Greenovate Boston Mayor’s Carbon Cup, and lots of you got serious about climate change preparedness by participating in our #gettinghotinhere campaign and Climate Ready Boston webinar.
While many of you probably hope that it’s done #gettinghotinhere, maybe you’re also finding it difficult to say goodbye to summer. If that’s true for you, don’t worry: here are some tips for enjoying summer in Boston right up until the very end – all while being active, getting outside, and going green!
- Dig in with City Archaeology. The City’s Archaeology program uncovers our city’s rich history one dig at a time. Check out the amazing artifacts they’ve been uncovering this month at Old North Church. Did you know that you can help the City of Boston’s Archaeology program process artifacts? Make an appointment to visit their lab.
- Try a new kind of summer reading with Imagine Boston 2030. Imagine Boston 2030 is the City of Boston’s first citywide planning effort in 50 years. This year it called upon Bostonians to submit their ideas about transportation, jobs, sustainability, housing, and more in order to shape our city’s future. This month they shared their picks for books that help readers think about cities — and explore, celebrate, and imagine Boston. A sampling of their picks: “The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong” by Judith Rodin; “Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio” by Mario Luis Small; and “Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey.
- Hit the road! (on two wheels.) Boston Bikes works to make Boston… more bikeable! Check out their events calendar for opportunities to start biking, have fun with the biking community, and more. On the docket: Subsidized Hubway drop-in hours, the Boston Bike Party, and group rides!
- Give back – at every age! The Boston Elderly Commission, in partnership with BOSTON RSVP, matches people 55 and over with volunteer opportunities throughout the City of Boston – including lots of outdoor opportunities!
- Explore new parks. The Boston Department of Parks and Recreation oversees 217 parks in the city! How many have you visited? Boston’s public parks are great places to enjoy our natural resources, keep cool, and connect with other residents. Check out Boston Parks and Rec’s complete list of parks by neighborhood and challenge yourself to visit three you’ve never been to before!
- Enjoy a family-friendly movie under the stars. Boston Parks and Recreation teamed up with Northeastern University and the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment to host free outdoor movies all over the city this summer. Find one in a park near you! But hurry up, there are only a few left! P.S.: there’s free popcorn!
- Be a tourist in your hometown. Take advantage of free admission to the Franklin Park Zoo, local museums, and historical landmarks as a part of the Highland Park Association’s Free Fun Fridays program. Seize the day – today is the last Free Fun Friday of 2016!
- Get your groove on — to some local musical talent as a part of Mayor Walsh’s free Friday Afternoon Concert Series! And get your move on: today is the last one of the summer! Helena Ruffen will be playing at Sam Adams Park in front of Faneuil Hall.
- Kick those end-of-summer blues with some comfort food. Visit one of the many Boston Farmers Markets happening over the next couple of weeks! Find one near you on this helpful map.
- Get more involved with the Greenovate community! Check out sustainability events hosted by your fellow Greenovators on the Greenovate community calendar.
Summer may be drawing to a close, but together we work to make our city greener, healthier, and more resilient all year long. There are always opportunities to stay actively involved – and we’ll make sure you know about them