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Climate Week Special Features
Brookline’s 5th Annual Climate Week
Renewable Electricity Campaign Launch
Green Up Your House with the Click of a Mouse
Why Climate Week?
Climate Week Details:
Brookline’s 5th annual Climate Week is a centerpiece for learning and climate action. It offers the
gift of inspired ideas and energetic thought leaders working towards renewable energy and climate justice and away from fossil fuel dominance.
All events and displays are free and open to
the public unless noted.
Brookline has a Climate Action Plan and climate
groups and activists are working together toward
the benchmark goals of the Massachusetts Global
Warming Solutions Act, reducing our carbon footprint 20% by 2020. All our fossil fuel dependent
systems - transportation, electricity, heating and
cooling, food, solid waste and more are adopting
renewable practices. Come learn what you can do
no matter where or how you live. What is our community’s climate legacy? Will you find a place in the
community campaign to stand up for our future?
Info and Updates: check brooklineclimateweek.
org for display, event and snow emergency
Mothers Out Front Brookline and Climate Action
Brookline are launching a new campaign. We are
looking for 1,000 civic minded households to
join a community movement for local renewable
electricity sourced by Boston based non-profit
Mass Energy Consumers Alliance. All you need
is your NSTAR customer ID number located on
your bill and the will to support local renewable
electricity. It’s the fastest and easiest way to
significantly reduce your fossil fuel emissions.
Visit today and be an
early adopter. Feel good about your electricity
supplied by Mass Energy Consumers Alliance.
Visit a Tiny Solar Powered House
Saturday, February 7
Cuddle up in Tiny Sol, a solar powered house
on wheels. You walk in and find a world powered entirely by the sun. It sleeps two comfortably. Enjoy a snack prepared in its solar powered
kitchen. With a Tiny Sol home, you can live and
explore anywhere: the woods, the beach, your
back yard, or on pontoons on a river or lake.
Come visit this 21st Century Walden cabin.
Town Hall Parking Lot, 333 Washington Street
Climate Week Dining
Feb. 2–10 2015
Local Brookline restaurants include offerings of
sustainable foods on their menus.
Visit for details.
Climate Art Exhibits and Installations
Indoors and Out
Brookline Main Library, Exhibit Cases and
Hunneman Hall, 351 Washington St.
Brookine Town Hall, 333 Washington St.
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St.
Brookline Bank, 1340 Beacon St.
Korean Church, 32 Harvard St.
How Does Climate Week Come About?
Brookline’s 5th Annual Climate Week is a collaboration of Climate Action Brookline and a wide
range of community partners, organizers and volunteers. We are working together to engage and
grow a town wide climate movement.
To become involved or for questions contact:
[email protected]
Weather: events are held unless the town
declares an official snow emergency.
Visit and for climate action
steps throughout the year.
A special thanks to this year’s
event and display organizers
and hosts including:
Brookline Bank
Brookline Booksmith
Brookline Commission for Women
Brookline Department of
Public Health
Brookline Department of Recreation
Brookline Economic Development
Brookline Green Caucus
Brookline Planning Department
Brookline Public Library
Coolidge Corner Theater
Eureka Puzzles
Friends of the Muddy River
Korean Church
Mothers Out Front Brookline
Newbury College
Selectmen’s Climate Action Committee
And dozens of individual organizers
and volunteers
Mon Feb 2–Tue Feb 10, 2015
Monday, February 2
7-8:30pm Putting Money Where Our Future Is
Strategies for Divesting and Investing
Thursday, Feb. 5
Sustainable Business Strategies
Friday, February 6
Lessons from Local Businesses & Non-Profits
On the Move
Innovative Ideas for Local Transportation
Special viewing of Power to the Pedals: Wenzday Jane
and the Culture of Change, a compelling documentary by
award winning filmmaker Bob Nesson. The film features
the story of a human powered, Boston based, freight delivery business and the woman behind it. Then transportation thought leaders open a discussion about opportunities, issues, infrastructure, and regulations needed
to build a better future. Whether you walk, bike, take
public transportation, drive a car, or envision ways to
grow green jobs, get inspired to make change and take
Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard Street. Admission
free. Donations welcomed.
Wednesday, February 4
Community Solar!
Opportunities to Grow and Share Solar Gardens
Community Shared Solar is ideal for those who don’t
have a sunny roof, renters, houses of worship, nonprofits, and businesses. Costs have come down on photovoltaic technology and solar renewable energy and
generous incentives and attractive financing are now
available. Panelists include: Thomas Vitolo, Synapse
Energy; Emma Krause, Mass. Dept. of Energy Resources;
Lisa Raffin, Sunbug Solar; James Nail, Pres., Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light.
Main Library, 361 Washington Street, Hunneman Hall
Join Brookline Recreation at the Jack Kirrane Rink to
skate and see how the rink goes green! Skate and
find out about choices that make a difference and
reduce your fossil fuel emissions in your everyday life.
Jack Kirrane Rink, Larz Anderson Park, 15 Newton St.
Brookline Commission for Women –
Children’s Clothing Drive
(see 2/6)
Public Safety Building, 350 Washington Street
1–2:30 pm
Global Warming, the Crisis of our Time
and the Carbon Tax Solution
Don Hnatowich, Citizens Climate Lobby, 350MA, and
Climate Reality Project, presents the unfolding of the
climate crisis and what you can do about it. Jessica
Langerman, Pres. Climate XChange, explains why climate solution-oriented economists agree that a revenue-neutral carbon tax is the best solution.
Coolidge Corner Library, 31 Pleasant Street, Meeting
Room 3R Depot
Pitch In to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Come to Climate Week’s hub for climate education,
action, and fun. Visit a tiny Solar House in the parking lot, pick up used sports gear, donate and drop off
eyeglasses, cell phones, chargers, Styrofoam, packing peanuts (collected separately) and bicycles even
if they need repair. Bring a copy or camera photo
of your electric bill to join the Green Up Your House
with the Click of a Mouse local renewable electricity campaign. Bring papers to be shredded and stay
for activities for kids, sustainable fare at the Depot
Food Court, and information about cutting home energy costs, composting, pay-as-you-throw recycling,
gardening in containers and more. Visit 3R Depot Stations inside and outside Town Hall.
Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington Street
Join the Brookline team of Mothers Out Front, CAB,
and community leaders as we launch our new campaign with a mid-winter mingle. Enjoy refreshments
and music and learn about Mothers Out Front and
the movement to switch 1,000 Brookline residents
and businesses to Boston based, renewable green
electricity. It’s the easiest and fastest way to significantly reduce your carbon footprint. It takes only 5
minutes and a picture of your electric bill! In the
side room we’ll show the movie “Disruption”: inspiration for you to tip the balance toward a clean
energy future.
Brookline Teen Center, 41 Aspinwall Avenue
From Olmsted to the 21st Century
Sustainability Day at the Rink
3–4 pm
Green Up Your House with a Click of a Mouse
Mothers Out Front Campaign Kick Off Party
The Muddy River Project
A walk led by Fran Gershwin, chair, Muddy River Restoration Project Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee (MMOC) will articulate project objectives: flood control and climate change mitigation,
water quality improvement, enhancement of aquatic/
riparian habitat, landscape and historic restoration
and best management practices and end with warm
beverages and an overview of the project in construction from upstairs at the Landmarks Building.
Meet at the Longwood Green Line T Stop, Chapel St.
Saturday, February 7
Sunday, February 8
Brookline Commission for Women –
Children’s Clothing Drive
Support the Commission’s 6th Annual Drive. Small
children often grow out of their clothes long before
the clothes wear out. Join our yearly reuse initiative
by donating clean and wearable children’s clothing
and shoes appropriate for ages zero to 5 years old.
Newborn items especially needed. As always, we also
accept nonperishable food, toiletries, and diapers for
the Brookline Food Pantry.
Public Safety Building, 350 Washington Street
What Does Parking Have to Do With It?
Join Jason Schreiber from Nelson/Nygaard and other
experts to learn about the wide-ranging impact of
parking policies on our community. Find out how
parking reform can achieve diverse community goals
such as greater mobility, improved parking availability, more parks, affordable housing , and cleaner air.
Main Library, 361 Washington Street, Hunneman Hall
Many communities are already planning to become
more resilient to extreme weather events, sea level
rise, and other effects of climate change. The panel
will present various aspects of adaption as it relates
to Brookline and Greater Boston. Martin Pillsbury, Environmental Planning Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Council; Alan Balsam, Brookline Public Health
Director; Tom Brady, Brookline Conservation Director;
Jim Newman, Principal Linnean Solutions LLC.
Main Library, 361 Washington Street, Hunneman Hall
Tuesday, February 3
Join Dennis Carlberg, Boston University’s Sustainability
Director and Abe Faber, owner of Clear Flour Bakery and
member of Local First and other businesses to share
strategies about reducing your carbon footprint while
increasing your bottom line. Sponsored by Newbury College.
Newbury College, 129 Fisher Avenue, Student Center
1:30-3:30 pm
Is Brookline Ready?
Find out what you can do to challenge the fossil fuel
dominance of our economy and climate future by making both ethically based and smart economic decisions
now. Leaders from Divest Harvard, Fossil Free MIT and
Ceres, a renowned Boston based sustainable investments pioneer, inspire individuals, institutions, and communities to make strategic investment decisions.
Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington Street
Adapting to Climate Change
Monday, February 9
Germinating Social Change
How Ideas Grow and Spread!
MIT professor and author, Alex Pentland discusses
his book Social Physics and its relevance to the climate movement. His work taps “big data” to decipher patterns that show how ideas spread through
social networks and ultimately drive human behavior.
Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington Street
Tuesday, February 10
6:30-8:30pm Broken Cities
A Game to Test Your Climate Adaptation &
Mitigation Solutions
Eureka Puzzles hosts a game night in collaboration
with Brookline’s Economic Development Division. Will you be a polluting, profit chasing slumlord, or
a green-minded real estate mogul? The choice is
yours. Sustainable snacks sourced locally. Limited
Seats! RSVP to [email protected] by
January 30 to secure yours. Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington Street
For Pete’s Sake
Add your voice to new and old songs Pete Seeger
would want us to carry on in his name. Learn simple ways to continue his environmental legacy. Join
singer and guitarist Alan Balsam, who also serves as
Brookline Department of Public Health Director, for an
inspiring sing. Enjoy sustainable refreshments.
Coolidge Corner Library, 31 Pleasant Street, Meeting
Events for all ages