Green Medford seeks to educate the Medford community to understand our environmental impact, and to empower members of our community to make more sustainable energy choices related to homes and businesses, transportation, and food.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Give a big cheer for Climate Summer!

The six Climate Summer members from the Massachusetts team should be arriving in Medford sometime tomorrow (Monday). They will be riding in from Waltham. Please give them a rousing welcome!

Here's a photo of the team, from their week in Hull:

They are (not in the order shown in the photo):

Murtaza Nek, Program Coordinator

Becky Palermo, Media Coordinator

Aaron Morales, New Media Coordinator

Emily Edgerly, Outreach Coordinator

Julia Barnes, Video Co-Coordinator

Andrew Nguyen, Video Co-Coordinator

You can read their interesting stories here: http://www.climatesummer.net/the-teams/massachusetts-team-2012/

They will be staying at Wesley United Methodist Church on Winthrop Street, where we will also hold the Green Medford meeting on Tuesday at 7 pm. Please come and meet them, and contribute your unique ideas for a greener Medford.

In case you missed the last email, here are some of the things the Climate Summer team will be doing during their week with us:

o   Bike Fest at the Medford Farmers Market, Thursday, July 19th from 3-7 pm, Riverside Ave behind City Hall. The Bike Fest will include free tuneups, kids’ activities, test rides of electric bikes from Smooth Scooters, a raffle for a new bike helmet from Medford Saving Lives, as well as donations of used bikes and equipment to low-income individuals who need them though an organization called ROLL IT FORWARD. Bring your bike, your kids, your buddies, and your shopping bags to the Farmers Market and Bike Fest for a great event.
o   Circle the Square, Thursday, July 19th from 3-7 pm, all around Medford Square. Enjoy all the beauty and bounty that Medford Square has to offer, on display for your pleasure! At this debut event, you can shop at the Farmers Market, listen to great live music, meet the Climate Summer team, and buy local art—all right in “the Square.”
 o   Outreach for Walk-Ride Days: The team will recruit businesses to join the growing Medford Walk-Ride Days program, which is designed to get people out of cars and onto the streets. Celebrated on the last Friday of each month, Walk-Ride Day businesses offer special incentives to people who ride a bike, walk, or take a bus. Find all the participating businesses and their offers here: http://gogreenstreets.org/city/medford-ma.
o   Pulling invasive water chestnuts from the Mystic River. The Mystic River Watershed Association is sponsoring a small team of boats on July 17th. The riders will get off their bikes and onto the water for a few hours of effort on behalf of our river.
o    Making a film about sustainability and curbing our addiction to fossil fuels: Climate Summer members will be interviewing members of the Medford community for this video. Want to be on camera? Just look for the distinctive group of bikers with video cameras around Medford all week.

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