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October 28, 2011 - 5:28pm read more
April 14, 2011 - 5:31pm Maps of Boston Harbor sea level with predicted rise due to ocean warming, uncertain rise due to melting glaciers, and additional rise accompanying storm surge. Discussion of how Boston will adapt to these changes. (30 minutes with audience questions) read more
January 24, 2010 - 10:26pm Cambridge Climate Emergency Congress--the second session on January 23, 2010 The second session of the Climate Emergency congress was even livelier that the first. Delegates found that prioritization of their recommendations had not progressed much beyond the 'laundry list' categorization of the 'Draft Recommendations' issued a few weeks earlier. Apparently this was partly due to technical and organization problems with incorporating responses to the online survey, most of which came in during the last few days. The version of the recommendations presented to the second session included a new proposal advanced by the drafting group to encapsulate suggestions to set up provisions for ensuring citizen participation in and adequate city staffing for follow-up on the recommendations. The next breakout into small groups was self-organized by delegates according to 'open space' principles, grouping according to areas of interest, which resulted in several potential task forces that intend to continue working in the areas of environmental justice, education, building energy efficiency, and urban forestry. Discussions on goal-setting and how best to coordinate city-... read more
July 31, 2009 - 5:18pm 7+ minute summary of Cambridge MA City Council session in which a policy order recognizing a Climate Emergency was passed. This followed a Greenport Forum presenting an update on climate science. A hearing with testimony on recent science will be held at the City Council on September 24, 2009. read more
March 6, 2009 - 4:57pm 6 minute interview with a Cambridge pioneer working to create a zero carbon emitting home. read more
March 6, 2009 - 4:53pm Jill Stein and Eli Beckerman of Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities discuss State of Emergency and Opportunity. read more
March 6, 2009 - 4:48pm 9 and 1/2 minute video of Home energy Efficiency Team weatherizing house on Avon Street read more
January 16, 2009 - 5:06pm Citizen initiatives with wide support have been ignored by town selectmen. How can citizens make their town government more responsive to their ideas? read more
December 12, 2008 - 5:42pm With tax shortfalls and reliance on development for revenues, Boston has evolved from an industrial center to a gentrified high-rise city. Chuck Turner outlines strategies for democratizing choices. read more
December 12, 2008 - 5:37pm In the early 1980's, inspired by the town meeting model, Burlington, Vermont revamped its municipal government, creating ward assemblies with powers in planning and spending. read more