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What I’ve been up to…

I try to blog every day about my civic acts

Commission planning and Welcome Project

Today, I touched base with the City’s Director of Sustainability so we could plan our next Commission on Energy Use and Climate Change meeting. Today, I also spoke with a board member from the Welcome Project. I recently donated so she reached out to get to know me and talk about community engagement.

Building Electrification Accelerator: Kickoff Workshop and Climate Reality training.

Today, I joined a kickoff workshop for the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Building Electrification Accelerator. I’m on a team of six City of Somerville representatives. I couldn’t stay for the whole meeting but was able to download the presentation afterward. Today, I also completed my application to be a mentor at the upcoming Climate Reality Project [...]

Climate Reality fundraising and Covid’s Lessons on Climate

Today, I met with Climate Reality Project national to get trained on our new fundraising procedures for our chapter. Today, I also attended a Mass Peace Action webinar on “Covid’s Lessons on Climate: Listen to Science and fight Racism.”

Charles River backgrounder

Today, I caught up on a Boston Harbor Now presentation from Charles River Conservancy. It was a helpful backgrounder on some activities on the lower Charles, including the new floating wetlands that are going to intalled this week.

Juneteenth mobilization

Today, I marched with the Movement for Black Lives as part of its Juneteenth mobilization. I attended the rally on Cambridge Common and marched to Cambridge City Hall, 90 degree weather be damned.

Kiva loan and city council meeting

Today, I made Kiva loan to Candace, a Mississippi caterer looking for a small loan to get her Black-owned, woman-owned business off the ground. Today, I also joined a city council meeting (online, of course), during which our Mayor presented the 2021 budget to the council.

Codes and Policies to Advance Zero Goals and We the People

Today, I joined webinar hosted by the New Buildings Institute. They covered Codes and Policies to Advance Zero Goals: Policies for Retrofits and New Construction, with speakers from Vancouver, New York state, Denver and right here in Metro Boston. Today, I also joined a catch-up call with We the People Massachusetts to get caught up [...]

MCAN welcomes its new Executive Director

Today, I was the emcee of a call for MCAN to introduce our new executive director, Sarah Dooling. It’s quite an exciting moment for us and I was really happy to play a role.

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