Daily Archives: March 23, 2012

Mar 29: Streetalk – Boston Under After Hours

Thursday, 3/29 @ 6-9PM
Central Square Theater 4
50 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge

We’ve all asked the age ol’ question, “Why doesn’t the T stay open later?” Now you can find out why. Come watch the Boston Under After Hours documentary about what happens after the T shuts down, and the MBTA employees who work 1:30am-5:00am to make the system run smoothly the following day. With current fare increases and service cuts pending, this question is even more relevant. Why not keep the T open longer for more revenue? What can you do to keep the T going? Get insight in to the inter-workings of the T, and the current MBTA’s financial situation and service plan. Discussion with filmmakers, MBTA, and On The Move following the film.

Stay for a social hour afterwards to meet and chat with filmmakers and the stars of the film. Popcorn and snacks provided and $2 Harpoon.

Tickets: $6.00.

This event is hosted by LivableStreets Alliance and sponsored by On the Move Coalition

Apr 17: Have More Trees on Campus

Come join us Tuesday, April 17 from 9AM-12 at Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration, 928 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 201, for presentations by Mathew Cahill of the Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN), and Amory Sivertson of the Boston Tree Party, to discuss exciting new communal initiatives for tree planting and care.

Cahill is Program Coordinator for BNAN’s Boston Urban Forest Program, which works through the Boston Urban Forest Council to provide resources and networking to promote urban greening.  BNAN is administering the city’s Grow Boston Greener program, which has the goal of increasing the city’s canopy cover from 29% to 35%, and which involves creating a tree planting tracking effort – (if you are in Boston, it is of particular interest to you to be part of that).

The Boston Tree Party is a campaign to plant and establish cooperative care for heirloom apple trees throughout the city.  It describes itself as “an urban agriculture project, a performative re-imagining of  American political expression, and a participatory public art project,” which “catalyzes a deep and playful engagement with the issues of food access; health; environmental stewardship; biodiversity; public space; and civic engagement.”

If you are not in Boston, you will still learn a great deal from these presentations.  As always MSSCOR meetings encourage sharing of information – we want to hear from you if you have information useful to others, and there will be ample opportunity to ask questions and have general discussion.

Trees are tangible, accessible products of institutional greening – this meeting is a chance to learn how to create attention and enthusiasm by engaging students and others to get results that everyone will enjoy for years to come.  Read more at http://bostonnatural.org/trees_and_orchards.htm and http://www.bostontreeparty.org/, but do plan to come and hear for yourself about these wonderful programs!

Please let us know if you are coming, (RSVP is helpful, but not required), or get further information by emailing rick.reibstein@state.ma.us, or call 617 626 1062.  Or, if you would like to give us advance notice that you can share information on what you have done on campus.

 

Mar 30-Sep 28: GreenStreets Walk/Ride Day Commuter Challenge

Every last Friday of the month is the Green Streets Initiative‘s Walk/Ride Day – go car-free, check in your commute, and help Tufts win the inaugural Walk/Ride Corporate Challenge!

Walk Ride

Beginning March 30 until September 28, help create safe, healthier and more vibrant streets and communities by greening your commute.  Biking, walking, public transit, telecommuting and carpooling all count! The Corporate Challenge is a competition among Boston area employers to see which workplace has the highest percentage of staff going car-free or car-light on Walk/Ride Days.

Check in each Walk/Ride Day (the last Friday of every month) at http://greenstreets.mapc.org/.

All participants will also be entered into a raffle to win cool prizes.

Plan your green commute now and don’t forget to check in every last Friday of every month!