Chickens, Solar Panels, Geothermal Energy: First-Ever Jamaica Plain Green Living Tour May 19

How to consume less carbon, lower your utility bills, beekeeping, composting and backyard chickens are all part of this Sunday's first-ever Jamaica Plain Green Living Tour sponsored by Mothers Out Front-JP. "I am deeply concerned about climate change and needed practical solutions. This tour helps you make green solution a part of your everyday life," said Mary Lewis-Pierce, Mothers Out Front-JP team member. This is a free walking tour that people can take at their own leisure by going to more than a dozen homes and businesses. Tour participants will learn about a variety of green features for a clean energy future.

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Congresswoman Pressley Leading Green New Deal Town Hall April 20

The next Jamaica Plain Forum will feature Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and Rev. Mariama White-Hammond leading a town hall discussion about the Green New Deal. In her first term, Pressley (D-MA 7th) has been a vocal leader about supporting a Green New Deal for the country that would transition our country from fossil fuels to clean energy. "The ecological and economic justice challenges of our time require all of us to work for an equitable, healthy and livable planet for all. Responding to our environmental crisis must be done in a way that bridges Boston’s racial divide," says the Jamaica Plain Forum website about the town hall. "A just and sustainable transition must follow the leadership of women of color who have helped move forward many critical issues in our current political environment.

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Matt O’Malley is Boston’s Environmental City Councilor

Banning plastic bags, protecting wetlands, fighting gas leaks, water-filling stations, sidewalk composting and net zero carbon buildings. There isn’t a Boston City Councilor who can lay claim to as many environmental legislative accomplishments and initiatives as Matt O’Malley. O’Malley’s environmentally friendly legislation started during his first year on the council when he literally went after paychecks. “Every other week I would get a pay stub even though I had direct pay,” said O’Malley, District 6’s City Councilor, who was first elected in 2010. “I hate paper and I hate clutter and I was raised as an environmentalist.

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Jamaica Plain’s Christine Poff Wins Landscape Design Council Award

The Landscape Design Council (LDC) of Massachusetts has recognized Jamaica Plain's Christine Poff, the director of Boston's Community Preservation Committee, as a 2018 awardee for excellence in the field of landscape design. Poff is the 2018 recipient of the Landscape Design Council Award for Excellence, given in recognition of outstanding civic accomplishment. “Throughout her career, Christine has worked in many ways to make life better for citizens,” said LDC chairman George Papavasiliou, via press release. “We particularly applaud her efforts on behalf of Boston’s Franklin Park and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, which stand out as supportive of the Landscape Design Council’s mission.”

As political director of the National Association of Social Workers, Poff advocated for economic and social justice bills at the Massachusetts State House, but she is likely better known for her 14 years’ service as executive director of the Franklin Park Coalition, a nonprofit organization that gives a community voice to Boston’s Franklin Park. She worked to bring back such beloved park institutions as the Elma Lewis Playhouse, the FPC Youth Crew, and the annual Kite and Bike Festival.

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J.P. Licks and O’Malley Debut Boston’s First Coffee Composting Station

Always in pursuit to help the environment, Jamaica Plain's City Councilor Matt O'Malley recently teamed up with J.P. Licks to debut Boston's first coffee composting station. Did you know that when composted used coffee grounds are a fantastic source of nitrogen? That makes coffee grounds great for composting and gardening. So starting Dec. 27, J.P. Licks will be giving away used ground coffee from their in-house roaster every Tuesday and Thursday.

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