Walk/Bike to School Wednesday Oct 7

Walk/Bike to School Wednesday Oct 7

Do your kids have safe routes to school?  Where are the danger points?  On National Walk/Bike to School Day Wednesday, Oct 7, your kids and you can help a fledgling effort to create a Newton-wide Safe Routes to School map, complete with posted wayfinding routes.  A...

A Newton gas tax to fund Newton infrastructure?

A state rep from the town of Lee, MA, wants to levy a local gasoline tax, to fund local infrastructure. Lee is seeking a 3 cent per gallon tax to repair roads and bridges. Should Newton consider a gas tax? How much, and where would revenue best be spent?...
Carrot Mob, Sat 11am-2pm, for bikes & business

Carrot Mob, Sat 11am-2pm, for bikes & business

image credit Bikeable, walkable villages are good for business.  But the planned reconstruction of Bridge St. at California St. is focused solely on moving more cars through this mini-commercial corner.  To show that bikes are good for business, join Bike Newton this...

A freedom of speech issue in Newton

Take a look at these students at BC who are working for a livable climate.  They epitomize our best and brightest.  So why are some of them are at risk of disciplinary action by the BC administration? Because they continue to hold events about climate action on campus...

Friday date night for a great cause

Newton school parent and Williams School Creative Arts & Science co-chair Liz Padula shares this event: Swing into Spring Jazz concert featuring Semenya McCord on Friday April 10th, 7-10pm at Newton South High School.  This concert is in support of the city-wide...

Newton Solar Challenge

Now that the snow is gone, the Newton Solar Challenge is ramping up.  Here’s an event for homeowners and kids: SUNDAY, APRIL 12 – SOLAR WORKSHOP – WEST SUBURBAN YMCA Newton Solar Challenge is pleased to host a solar workshop together with the West...

Newton Solar Challenge workshop Sunday at noon

Every 3 weeks, as much solar is installed now in the US as in all of 2008.  As Amory Lovins puts it, solar cells are now scaling faster than cell phones.  A report by Deutsche Bank released last week estimates that solar energy will dominate the world energy market...

Newton Solar Challenge ramping up

2015 has started off with lots of uncertainty in the energy sector and climate.  The Newton Solar Challenge, launched just last fall, has come at just the right time to provide some financial and environmental certainty and security in the face of volatile oil markets...

Newton at a tipping point for solar energy

Solar electricity is now cheaper in Newton than the standard fossil fuel-based electricity from NSTAR or National Grid.  Two firms, the Clean Energy Collective, and Next Step Living, offer similar deals, locking in a 5% lower rate than the utilities for 20 years, with...
Learn about adaptigation tonight

Learn about adaptigation tonight

Last week I attended a sea level rise symposium, and was struck at how ingrained it is to think of climate change mitigation (reducing the causes) and adaptation (responding to the consequences) as two completely distinct concerns.   For example, the National Climate...

Want some energy democracy?

Fossil energy money won big on election day, from defeating the bottle bill to a new Keystone XL – cheerleading congress and a Senate Chair on Energy who says global warming is a hoax.  Millennials, who see more clearly where we’re headed than many of...