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What is Arlington EcoWeek at Home?

Right now we are staying at home and doing everything we can to keep ourselves and our families and neighbors safe and healthy. During Arlington EcoWeek at Home, we invite you to do everything you can (or even do just one thing) to care for and protect our Earth—the beautiful home we all share.

Arlington EcoWeek at Home offers a week of activities you can do from home to inspire connection to and celebration of our natural world. Arlington EcoWeek at Home coincides with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22.

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When is Arlington EcoWeek at Home?

Arlington EcoWeek at Home events were posted during the week of Monday, April 20 – Friday, April 25. You can still click on the links below to experience the activities.

Why are we having Arlington EcoWeek at Home during a pandemic?

1. We need to take care of our Earth now more than ever. Did you know that deforestation is one of the causes of humans getting exposed to animal viruses? Read more here or here.
2. At a time when we are feeling socially isolated, EcoWeek gives us the opportunity to connect virtually with each other and get to know some of the key people in Arlington who care deeply about our local and global environment and are working hard to protect it.
3. EcoWeek gives us a sense of purpose and tools to take action during a time of uncertainty. There are oceans to protect, waste and energy to reduce, trees to plant, and environmental injustices to right. Join us!

student postcard with tree and flowers

RECYCLING AND CLIMATE ACTION

Greeting from Recycling Coordinator Charlotte Milan- 30 second video

Climate Action & Social Justice During COVID19: A Time for Transformation, free webinar from Northeastern University, Watch Recording Here

Where Does Our Recycling Go? Arlington Green Team and Arlington Recycles co-production, 70 second video

Live Q&A WebEx chat with our Recycling Coordinator Charlotte Milan, bring your questions and challenges, 45 minutes

Recycling Volunteer Superstars- in action at the Recycling Center, showing what can be recycled at these monthly events- 2 minute video

Ottoson Middle School podcast imageMessages from Future Earth, Ep. 1 -Podcast from The Ottoson Green Team, 2 minutes

we encourage residents to get larger recycling bins

ENERGY AND MORE

Greeting from Energy Manager Ken Pruitt- 30 second video

Live WebEx presentation with our Energy Manager: The New Energy Efficient Arlington High School, Recording coming soon

The Caterpillar Lab YouTube Channel- Awesome footage of metamorphosis and other wonders of the creepy variety. Monkey Slug, Hickory Horned Devil, and Stinging Rose caterpillars are all here to admire...?!

Lesley the Bird Nerd YouTube Channel - great short bird videos, especially on common local birds and their behavior, can you hear them from your window?

Ottoson Middle School podcast imageMessages from Future Earth Podcast Episode 2 

Thank You to community

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION

Greeting from Arlington School Sustainability Coordinator Rachel Oliveri- 30 second video

Earth Day Window Messages: Residents are encouraged to put a plant, a globe, a picture of the Earth, or an Earth Day message in their windows and share on social media #EcoWeek#ArlingtonMA

Town-wide 50th Anniversary Earth Day Video - 4 minutes. This video was conceived by Nora, a 7th grade Ottoson Middle School student. It is an ongoing project for this week. If you would like to participate, please send your 5-10 second video of why you love the Earth to Rachel Oliveri at roliveri@arlington.k12.ma.us.

LiveCam from the Cincinnati Zoo
In videos look for the Brazilian porcupine!

Live Q&A Zoom presentation with our Animal Control Officer Diane Welch and one of her feathered friends, Video Recording Here, 60 minutes

Animal Control Officer Diane Welch

Young Voices for the Planet. These short films are about youth who care about the Earth and are taking action. They are free, under 10 minutes, and appropriate for all ages.

Arlington Community Media, Inc. Green Teams page. Watch videos about cafeteria composting and climate change rallies and listen to podcasts created by Arlington Green Team students. 

Ottoson Middle School podcast imageMessages from Future Earth Podcast Episode 3

Wellington Park Public Meeting. Learn about the Wellington Park project timeline, design options, and share your input on what you would like to see in your local park located on Grove Street along Mill Brook in Arlington. -  Video Recording Here, 1 ½ hrs. Co-hosted by the Town of Arlington and the Mystic River Watershed Association. 

student postcard with turtle and anti-litter message

OUR OCEANS AND WATERWAYS

Greeting from Mystic River Watershed Association Executive Director Patrick Herron - 30 second video

Help count herring in the Mystic River, from home! Read more about the Herring Video Counter Project

Live Cam from New England Aquarium

The Marvelous Musical Report on the Marine National Monuments. Free and appropriate for all ages- 10 minute video

Arlington Storm Drain Awareness Meet the people who keep our storm drains clean and protect our local waterways. 5 minute video.

Read about the Giant Whale that visited Thompson EXPLO

Making Waves Podcast. Listen to an ocean soundscape, learn how these sounds are important to marine life and how human activity is affecting ocean noise levels. With Leila Hatch, Arlington Resident and Marine Ecologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.- 14 minutes

Ottoson Middle School podcast imageMessages from Future Earth Podcast Episode 4 

LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS 

Greeting from Arlington Environmental Planner Emily Sullivan- 60 second video

Greeting from Curator of Public Art for the Arlington Commission of Arts and Culture Cecily Miller- 40 second video

Water, Earth's precious resource. Learn about Arlington's amazing waterbodies, Mystic and Charles watersheds, and what we can all do to keep them resilient. Presented by Arlington resident and Water Resources Engineer Lori Kennedy - Video recording here, 45 minutes

Arlington Public Art Project Raises Awareness about Plastic Pollution. Meet Artist-in-Residence Michelle Lougee and learn how she is teaching Arlington residents how to transform plastic bags into “plarn” to create works of art with an environmental message -30 minute video link

Virtual tours of National Parks. Explore five geological wonders from fjords in Alaska to caverns in New Mexico to coral reefs in Florida. Mesmerizing!

ReUse: Because You Can't Recycle the Planet, a free film by local MA director Alex Eaves, 60 minutes. Last year's EcoFest hit, this film will inspire your planning for a reduced-resource lifestyle! 

Ottoson Middle School podcast imageMessages from Future Earth Podcast Episode 5

SUSTAINABILITY IN ARLINGTON

Greeting from Envision Arlington's Sustainable Arlington Cochair Amos Meeks- 30 second video

Bees at Brackett School, from ACMi News. A swarm of bees. The phrase conjures up the image of a dense cloud of angry, buzzing insects, ready to sting. Well, forget what you think you know. A swarm of bees near Brackett Elimentary School recently gave us the chance to learn the benefits of the swarm. 

Stratton Green Team parent and local bee keeper Christina Halfpenny shares these great resources for learning more about the importance of pollinators in our ecosystem. Resources: Native Plant Guide, Design Your Own Pollinator Garden, Gardening for Bees

Who Are Mothers Out Front? Watch them in action- 70 second video

The New Energy Efficient Arlington High School- 40 minute video presentation by Ken Pruitt, Arlington's Energy Manager


Take Action Anytime

1.  Plant a Tree: The Arlington Tree Committee (ATC) has embarked on its fifth year of a subsidized tree planting program made possible with funds from the Arlington Department of Public Works’ Trees Please Fund. ATC Cochair Eliza Burden shares more about the committee's work, 60 second video.

From Trees Please page   Photo of Turkey Hill at Sunset from ArlingtonTrees.org

When you plant the right tree in the right place, it can help improve air and water quality, manage storm water runoff, sequester carbon, attract wildlife, help save you money on utility bills, and make neighborhoods more enjoyable.
It’s a win for you and the town!
Arlington High School's Henry Burns offers his take on tree planting opportunities for Arbor Day. 60 second video.

Please see the new post at ArlingtonTrees.org for more information about the Arlington Community Tree Canopy Program and sign up to receive your new flowering dogwood or red maple tree. Delivery expected before May 8th.

Kitchen Waste rs  Food scraps make up to 30% of our trash by weight!

2.  Take back the power of your food scraps by diverting them to a higher use. Whether you compost in your backyard, try the Town's free food scrap drop off program, or subscribe to Curbi and have your scraps picked up at the curb, all of these help reduce Arlington's trash tonnage- Thanks! Details here

3.  Be a Climate Champion without leaving home! 
Join Arlington on its path toward a sustainable, clean energy future.
Opt Up to 100% local renewable electricity with Arlington's Community Choice Aggregation program
Opt Up online https://arlingtoncca.com/opt-up/
You will need your electric bill account number.
This is an important and effective step that you can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels–and it doesn't cost that much more per month. Help build new local wind turbines and grow more local jobs with Arlington's own CCA electricity program. Calculate your actual cost with the Town’s fast online calculator at https://arlingtoncca.com/calculator/. Learn more at https://arlingtoncca.com/frequently-asked-questions/
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This Town of Arlington program is supported by Arlington Mothers Out Front and Sustainable Arlington.

 

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