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.
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!
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
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?
EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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.
OUR OCEANS AND WATERWAYS
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
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!
SUSTAINABILITY IN ARLINGTON
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
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!
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.
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
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