Many people who say they care about the #environment don't get out to #vote. It is fact that over 15 million individually identifiable environmentalists stayed at home on Election Day during recent nationwide elections. These are our neighbors, colleagues, friends...maybe even family members. On March 10th, the Boston Area Sustainability Group will host an evening to discuss this top, what the Environmental Voter Project is doing to address it, and ideas for how we can all help close that gap.
Some builders think big when it comes to reusing building materials. Others think small, like the team that created a tiny house in the 98-square-foot box of a truck. Alex Eaves and Derek Diedricksen transformed a 16-foot box truck into a tiny home and mobile reuse education center using all secondhand materials. They'll be bringing their creation to BBR's parking lot on April 23 for the Boston Building Resources annual meeting. You'll have a chance to check it out in person and to learn from Alex and Deek how they did it.
Join the City of Boston for the great Pumpkin Smash of 2017! Did you know pumpkins past their prime can be composted with your leaf and yard waste? Join us at our family-friendly event where you can safely smash and compost your pumpkin after Halloween. Learn more about how you can compost at home, see the composting process in action, and eat cider donuts at the Mattapan Ecovation Center! Dilapidated sadface pumpkins welcomed and highly encouraged.
Climate change poses many challenges to plants that are adapted to particular environmental conditions. Conservation biologists ask: How best can we protect plant diversity in light of these challenges? Should we actively move plants or genes, protect land that enables plants to migrate on their own, or take other steps? Engage in a moderated, lively discussion based on provided readings and your own opinions.
Some of you may know me through my house, JP Green House. My family and I built one of the first “carbon neutral” houses in Jamaica Plain—rehabbing a hundred-year-old corner store in the Woodbourne neighborhood. With the addition of solar panels this year, we are now “energy positive”—the house creates more energy than it uses. We also grow all our own produce in our backyard organic garden. (You’re welcome to get the whole story on our website at JPGH.org.)
I created this project as a demonstration of how it could be possible to live on less, because I’m a climate activist, and I know that’s where we’re heading.