Art Workshop: Creative Climate Commitment with Susan Israel

Susan Israel, AIA, LEED AP, President and Founder, Climate Creatives

Saturday, September 28, 9:30am–12:30pm
[Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building]


What will motivate you to do more about the climate crisis? Perhaps something fun and visible? What is preventing you from acting? Maybe fear, and lack of belief that your actions matter? Susan Israel founded Climate Creatives to use art and design that engages people in change because data alone doesn’t do it: behavioral change begins with an emotional commitment.

Tree Mob™! From Solar Power to Flower Power

Danny Schissler, Project Coordinator, Arnold Arboretum, and Brendan Keegan, Arboretum Gardener II, Arnold Arboretum

Location: Weld Hill Solar Array, Arnold Arboretum, 1300 Centre Street, Roslindale
With a projected completion date in fall 2019, the Weld Hill Solar Project represents the Arnold Arboretum’s most ambitious sustainability initiative to date. Comprising nearly 1300 solar panels, the system is capable of producing an estimated 566,409 kWh annually (approximately 30% of the Weld Hill Research Building's total energy load). Working in tandem with the panels, a unique battery storage array reduces peak demand charges, adding additional energy savings. Join Danny Schissler to learn about the photovoltaic system and Brendan Keegan to hear about the initial stages of development of a native plant pollinator meadow within the area of the solar panels. Meet at the solar array behind the Weld Hill Building at 1300 Centre Street, Roslindale.

It’s Your Climate: Act Toward Change

Join us at the Arnold Arboretum for events aimed at encouraging thoughtful consideration of the climate crisis and ways that individuals and organizations can take action. Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) and the Arnold Arboretum are partnering with community members and organizations across Massachusetts to bring you a variety of events, both formal and informal, for the second annual Climate Preparedness Week. Learn about earth-centered ethics initiatives around the globe, collaborate with others in an art and design workshop to create a three-dimensional talisman that will spur people to change their behavior vis-à-vis the climate crisis, or strike up a climate conversation on one of our Dia-Logs. Registration is requested or required for certain events. For a full list of events and to register, please see:

Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees

William Bryant Logan, Certified Arborist, Founder and President of Urban Arborists, Inc., and Author

Thursday, June 27, 6:30–7:45pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building

When his company was asked to pollard trees in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, William Bryant Logan was stymied. This prompted him to research and learn this ancient way of pruning that prompts thick nests of sprouts to form on major branches. The irony here is that pollarding (and the similar practice of coppicing) had been the preeminent way in which humans had tended trees–from the last ice age to the Industrial Revolution. What would have seemed the most mundane of tasks to a villager in the Middle Ages had slipped from use, and even memory, in the twenty first century. Hear Logan speak of the many ways in which these lost ancient arts (including pruning, hazel creating living hedges, growing oak for ships) created and supported human cultures all over the world and how we once lived closely as partners with trees, as we can only hope to do again.

New Local Monthly Meal Kit – Good Food That Gives Back

Being a JP resident, I know that people in our neighborhood love to eat good food that is locally sourced. Glenwood Garden, an e-market for sustainable food and shopping for a cause has a new project - a monthly chef's box - dinner for 2 meal kit that is delivered free, curated by a local chef, uses locally sourced ingredients, and shares profits with charity. The August chef's box was curated by Craig and Andris from Baking Steel - and contains pre-made dough and fresh ingredients to make: Artisan Margherita Pizza (fresh mozzarella, bianco di napoli tomatoes, and basil), Compressed Melon Panzanella Salad (melon, olives, onion, ciabatta, herbs, and balsamic vinegar), and a Berry Hand-pie (berries, ginger, honey). It comes with portioned (and some prepared) ingredients, and detailed step by step instructions on how to cook this meal to perfection. PLUS 25% of the profit from the sales of this box go the Greater Boston Food Bank.