Sustainability at Tufts

Author: Rachael Wolber

Jun 26: Walking Tour of Blueback Herring River Route (Somerville, MA)

In collaboration with the Inner Core Committee, MetroFuture Walks & Talks will be hosting an afternoon walk from 3-4:30 pm on June 26 along the Blueback Herring River Route in Somerville. In the fall of 2009 the City of Somerville was awarded a grant by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust to create new opportunities for the community to access and enjoy the Mystic River. One component was to develop a safe pedestrian route from Foss Park to the Blessing of the Bay boathouse called the Blueback Herring River Route. We will gather at the Mystic Activity Center for a brief overview of the project and then we will walk along the 0.6 mile route and back (a total of 1.2 miles). Each participant will receive a copy of the Blueback Herring River Route map as well as a copy of the publication “How to Develop Walking Routes to the Lower Mystic River and its Tributaries: A Tool Kit”. Please note that portions of the sidewalks along the route are rough and uneven and may be difficult to navigate in a wheelchair or for people with other mobility difficulties. This event is made possible with funding provided by the Sustainable Communities grant and will take place rain or shine. RSVP here.

Jun 9: New England Environmental Justice Summit (Worcester, MA)

The EJ Summit, held from 9AM-6PM at Higgins University Center on the Clark University campus, is a unique, daylong event designed to connect community advocates, citizens, lawyers, and policymakers who are interested in the environment and its impacts on low income people and people of color. This event is geared to people in New England concerned with: reducing toxins in food, consumer goods, homes and buildings; improving environmental health for urban residents; ensuring justice for laborers and low-income users of public transit; building the strength of grassroots environmental groups; securing laws to safeguard health for low-income people and people of color. Summit workshops will cover toxics and women’s health, energy justice, urban and rural environmental issues, food justice, and more. To register and for more information, click here.