Brookline Climate Week 2016 Mon. March 28th–Sun. April 3rd


Saying YES to Climate Action 

Climate Week 2016 event schedule

All events and displays are free and open to the public.  While its roots originate in Brookline, we encourage and invite people from other municipalities, the state and nation to gather in building skills and the will for climate action.

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MONDAY, MARCH 28
Mobilizing the Energy Revolution
Mara Prentiss, Harvard University, Professor of Physics
6:30–8pm

How do we convert our entire energy supply to renewables? Mara Prentiss, author of Energy Revolution: The Physics and the Promise of Efficient Technology, tells us about the opportunities and choices that must be made. “Most people aren’t aware of the enormous positive opportunities for change. I wrote the book to encourage people to embrace some of those changes.”
Main Library, 361 Washington St., Hunneman Hall, Brookline

TUESDAY, MARCH 29 

Climate Café 
Exploring Your Place in the Climate Movement 
Dan Ruben, Boston Green Tourism & Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman, Asst. Rabbi Temple Sinai & MA Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action (MAICCA)
6:30–7pm refreshments 7-8:30pm program
 

Facing climate change can be overwhelming. It is also a profound opportunity to come together for service and justice. Join two pioneering climate leaders for their TED talk style presentations about their journeys into the climate movement. After the presentations, break into small groups to explore ways to deepen our commitment to address climate change personally and in society.
Fossil Fuel Free Action: bring your electric bill and switch to clean renewable electricity.
Temple Sinai, 50 Sewall Ave., Brookline

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30
Local Action, Big Results
Carol Oldham, Exec. Dir. MA Climate Action Network;
Dr. Tommy Vitolo, Sr. Assoc., Synapse Energy Economics; Audrey Schulman, Pres. & Co-Founder HEET; Nathan Phillips, BU Professor of Earth and Environment; André LeRoux, Exec. Dir. MA Smart Growth Alliance.
6:30–7pm refreshments 7-9pm program
 

Municipal climate initiatives are accelerating now across the Commonwealth. Leaders examine three ways communities are innovating: implementing options for local renewable electricity, eliminating methane gas leaks, and promoting smart growth through long range community vision to raise the bar on sustainable town and school expansion. Break out into workshops for developing impactful actions.
All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon St., Brookline

THURSDAY, MARCH 31
Powering Our Statehouse Forward
Will We Break Away from Fossil Fuels?
Mass. Power Forward coalition members: Joel Wool, Clean Water Action; Eugenia Gibbons, Mass. Energy Consumers Alliance; Marla Marcum, Climate Disobedience Center; Isaac Baker, Coop Power
6pm refreshments 6:30–8:30pm program
 

We are currently making decisions regarding our state’s infrastructure that will determine how our energy is delivered over the next sixty years. Join Mass. Power Forward leaders who are fighting for our future. Break into workshops for powering the state toward clean, renewable energy, stopping new gas lines, and developing community owned power.
Main Library, Hunneman Hall, 361 Washington St., Brookline
 

FRIDAY, APRIL 1 
This Changes Everything
A Film based on Naomi Klein’s book
7–9pm
 

What if confronting the climate crisis is about much more than just using less energy and emitting less carbon? Naomi Klein, noted journalist and climate champion, points out that the challenge the human race faces is not just about atmospheric science, but also about the very socio-economic institutions of Western civilization.
Lawrence School, 27 Francis St., Auditorium, Brookline
 

SATURDAY, APRIL 2
Green Routes Bike Tour of Brookline 
John Dempsey, Bicycle Advisory Comm.
8–9:30am
 

Want to make bicycling part of your daily routine?  Brookline is improving safety for bicyclists. Join our tour of recent and planned bicycle infrastructure improvements. Riders high school age and older. About 8 miles.
Town Hall Parking Lot, 333 Washington St., Brookline


3R Depot
Pitch In to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
10am–2pm
 

Education, action and fun for the whole family. Enjoy 3R Depot stations, lunch at the Carbon Café, & Youth Science Fair at the Pierce School.
 

LEARN Locate Brookline’s 351 methane gas leaks with a scavenger hunt and art installation; Brookline Community Solar; Register to vote; Urban transit of the future; Climate Action Plan 
KIDS CORNER Out of the Box creations with recycled goods; Story Hour 
EAT The Carbon Café offers sample dishes from local produce and learn about hidden environmental  costs of food.
(11am–2pm)
SHARE Sports Gear Exchange: pick up or trade in used sports gear for all ages; Styrofoam and Packing Peanuts Recycling; Composting; Eyeglasses, cell phones and soda can pull-tabs 
TRY Electric cars and innovative electric bikes along with cargo bikes, trailers, kids bikes. and other urban bikes. Bring your own bike and helmets and have a free bike safety check and advice. Expand the car free lifestyle.  Or donate your unused bikes to Bikes Not Bombs.
In & Around Town Hall, 333 Washington St., Brookline

Youth Climate Adaptation Science Fair
11am–2pm
 

Join budding scientists as they step up to the challenge in a science fair that addresses climate change and adaptation.  Brookline students from K – 12 put on their thinking caps as they address energy transportation, biodiversity, food supply, eco-friendly fashion. You be the judge!
Pierce School, Cafeteria,  Pierce St. entrance, Brookline

Complete Streets for a Livable Brookline?
Chris Dempsey, Transportation Board; Scott Englander, Complete Streets Comm.: Jane Gould, Public Transportation Advisory Comm.; Bob Sloane, WalkBoston; Cynthia Snow, Brookline Bicycle Advisory Comm.
2–4pm
 

Transportation leaders describe a planning vision: Complete Streets, that safely integrates travel by foot, bicycle, and transit. Learn how Brookline marks its place in the region by applying this vision to our community.
Main Library, 361 Washington St., Hunneman Hall, Brookline

SUNDAY APRIL 3
Muddy River Project Walk
From Olmsted to the 21st Century
Fran Gershwin, Chair Muddy River Restoration Project Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee,
10–11:30am
 

Gershwin leads a walk highlighting project objectives: flood control, climate mitigation, water quality, habitat enhancement & historic landscape restoration followed by project viewing & refreshments upstairs at the Landmark Center. Event for all ages.
Landmark Center. 401 Park Drive, Boston, Meet Outside

Lost Pond Sanctuary Walk
Alex Cassie, Brookline Park Ranger
12–1:30pm
 

Enjoy a guided walk through Lost Pond Sanctuary. This easy-pace walk shows a great snapshot of natural New England ecosystems and offers insight into how climate change can affect our natural areas.  Walk held rain or shine, so dress accordingly. Event for all ages.
Lost Pond Sanctuary, Arlington Rd. entrance, Brookline

What Voters Need to Know
Our Climate and the Elections of 2016
Gov. Michael Dukakis
3–4pm followed by reception
 

Can America break free of fossil fuels? Governor Michael Dukakis steps up debate on the consequences of the fossil fuel industry’s face off with climate champions in upcoming elections. Shaped by candidates, parties, the press, money, activists and voter turnout, the outcome will determine policy for years to come. Tune in for a lively discussion.
United Parish, 15 Marion St., Willett Hall, Brookline

  
Questions? david.pantalone@verizon.net
Weather: events are held rain or shine, unless the town declares an official weather emergency, or event cancelled by an event organizer. 
Updates: check back here for display, event and weather emergency updates. 
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Participate: Brookline's 6th 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.