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Concord and Beyond”

A Recap of November’s Coffee

During November’s Sustainable Concord Coffee, Sarah James and Chris Whelan spoke on the topic “Eco-municipalities: Concord and Beyond.” Sarah is a city planner who is well-known for her advocacy for getting municipalities to change to sustainable practices. She reported on a survey that she recently completed that was designed to get information about how a variety of towns and cities in the U.S. have evolved since becoming eco-municipalities. They became eco-municipalities when they officially committed to use four sustainability principles as guidelines for municipal decision-making.  Click on that survey to see its results, summarized online.

After Ms. James completed her presentation, Chris Whelan, who has been Concord’s Town Manager for over twenty years, spoke about how Concord has used these principles since incorporating them into town policy in 2011. His report included information about how the town has recently hired a new Sustainability Director to oversee the implementation of ambitious goals for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, as called for in the 2017 spring Town Meeting Article 51. He also spoke about how sustainability principles are the centerpiece of Concord’s current long range planning process. A lively discussion followed, including comments from the Co-Chair of the Concord Long Range Planning Committee, Gary Stanton.


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Get Involved

Concerned about the impact of climate change and other threats to our natural environment?

Attend a Concord Natural Resource Conservation Coffee

Concord’s Division of Natural Resources hosts a long-standing tradition of conservation coffees generally the first Tuesday of each month (September through May). These coffees are a round table discussion of current items of interest to the conservation community, and are attended by members of the public, local, state, and federal agencies, land trusts, and grass roots organizations committed to environmentally sustainable initiatives. All are welcome to attend to discuss ideas and questions on conservation topics.

Be Active For The Environment - CALL CONGRESS

Put your representatives on speed dial. The civic sites GovTrack offers comprehensive details on members of Congress, including how to get in touch with them. Start with your lawmaker’s local district office as your main point of contact, since constituent relations is top priority for these offices. Include a few details you’ll highlight when you call, including a line about why the issue at hand matters to you personally. Be specific about the issue or bill number you’re calling about so you’re presenting a clear path to action—e.g., “Vote no on . . .” or “Support the bill to . . .”

Join The Biodiversity Climate Action Network (BioCAN)

BioCAN is organizing a team of experts, landscape designers, perm culturists, and landscapers who will share their expertise with you and show you how to convert areas of your yard for to maximize return of carbon to soil and restore nature. BioCAN’new program, YIMBY–Yes In My BackYard, aims for climate stabilization, water abundance, nutritious and high-yield local food, biological diversity, and healthy ecosystems. If you are interested in attending a “how to” session, learn more, or participate, contact BioCAN.

Become a Citizen Scientist

Satellite Map of a backyardThe YardMap Network is a citizen science project designed to cultivate a richer understanding of bird habitat, for both professional scientists and people concerned with their local environments. We collect data by asking individuals across the country to literally draw maps of their backyards, parks, farms, favorite birding locations, schools, and gardens. We connect you with your landscape details and provide tools for you to make better decisions about how to manage landscapes sustainably.

Send Your Message to the Future

We are in the midst of the most important challenge in the history of human civilization: the transition to clean energy. Our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and our future children will look back on this moment and wonder how we thought about climate change and what we did. We are collecting letters, photos and videos about climate change and climate change action and sending them to the future. These messages will be archived and made available for future generations in the years 2030 and 2050. Be a part of this history. Add your voice to DearTomorrow."

Join the ConcordCAN! Facebook Group

facebook logo If you haven’t done so, check out the ConcordCAN! Facebook group as an interactive way for people to be involved with ConcordCAN!. Just click the link and request to join. You’ll be able to share articles and events with the group, find out about upcoming environmental events in the area, and receive invitations to ConcordCAN! sponsored events, such as speakers, coffees and more. We hope you “Like” it, share with us what you are interested in, and invite others to join.

Review NRDC's Sustainable Living Suggestions

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Green Tips for a Healthy Planet

Read suggestions from Global Stewards. First: Reduce The critical first step of waste prevention has been overshadowed by a focus on recycling. Please help to promote a greater awareness of the importance of the "Reduce" part of the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle mantra. For a great overview of how raw materials and products move around the world, see the video The Story of Stuff

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Join the ConcordCAN! email list

Receive announcements and updates. Send an email message to and you’ll get ConcordCAN’s monthly newsletter and special bulletins through the ConcordCAN Google Group.

Become a change agent within your group

If you are a member of a church, civic organization, or business that is not yet committed to sustainability, climate action, or “green” goals, become active in raising consciousness. We will work with you to give you the help and support you need.


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