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  • Sustainable Concord Coffees:
  • Concord’s New Sustainability Division
    Meet Concord’s new Sustainability Director, Kate Hanley.

    Harvey Wheeler Community Center, Clocktower Room, Concord
    Tuesday, April 17,
    7:30 - 9 AM

  • Concord Natural Resources
  • Concord Conservation Coffees
    1st Floor, Conference Room, Department of Planning
    and Land Management,
    141 Keyes Road
    Tuesday, April 3,
    7:30 - 9:00 AM

  • Concord Town Meeting
  • Vote with ConcordCAN!
    to support Article 23
    Concord Carlisle High School
    Monday, April 9 -
    Thursday April 12,
    Begins nightly at 7 PM

  • Life in the Balance Film Series
  • Food Inc.
    Concord Carlisle High School
    Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 PM

  • March with ConcordCAN!
  • Patriot’s Day - April 16
    Monday, April 16
    Earth Day - April 28
    Saturday, April 28
    email: concordcan for specifics.

  • St Annes in the Fields
    Climate Justice Film Series
  • What Lies Up Stream
    St Annes in the Fields,
    147 Concord Road, Lincoln

    Tuesday April 24,
    6:30 - Light supper
    Film - 7:00 PM

  • Public Hearing of the Comprehensive Long Range Planning Committee.
    This one is Key!
  • Willard School Auditorium,
    185 Powder Mill Rd., Concord
    Wednesday, April 25, 7 PM

  • The Climate Solutions
    Speaker Series
  • Are We Prepared for the
    Storms of the Century?
    Willard School Auditorium,
    185 Powder Mill Rd., Concord
    Thursday, April 26, 7:30 - 9 PM (Doors open at 7)


  • 350 Mass Metrowest Node
  • Node Meeting
    Science Strikes Back! March- April 14,
    needs planning volunteers
    Peace Lutheran Church,
    107 Concord Road, Wayland

    Thursday, April 5, 7:00 PM

  • Science Strikes Back!
    March for Science Boston
  • Hold our elected and appointed officials responsible for enacting equitable evidence-based policies for the common good
    Christopher Columbus Park
    between the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and the Boston Harbor

    Saturday, April 14, Noon - 3 PM

  • Wellesley College, 2018
    Wilson Lecture
  • Former Vice President Al Gore
    delivers 2108 Wilson Lecture
    on Climate Change
    106 Central St., Wellesley College,
    Alumnae Hall Auditorium

    Wednesday, April 25,
    5:30 PM


  • DropOff & SwapOff Day
  • Reuse and Recycling
    Volunteering is fun
    Sign up at reusit.org

    Saturday, May 5, 9:30 AM - 3 PM

What's Happening

Sustainable Concord Coffees

Concord’s New Sustainability Division

Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 - 9 AM,
Harvey Wheeler Community Center, Clocktower Room

Kate HanleyCome meet Concord’s new Sustainability Director, Kate Hanley. Kate’s position was created to fulfill the specifications of Article 51, passed by last year’s Town Meeting.

Concord committed through Article 51 to very ambitious energy goals. Adopted alongside these goals was a recommendation for a new full time Energy Director position, accountable to the Town Manager and charged with finding ways to implement the new energy goals. The article also specified funding for one or more consultants to advise the new Director.

Kate HodgesThe title of the new Director position has changed to Sustainability Director. At this coffee, we will be introduced to Kate Hanley, who fills that position, and hear about how she is approaching her new job. Her co-presenter will be Kate Hodges, the Assistant Town Manager, who will work with her as part of a new “Sustainability Division.”

Kate Hanley previously worked for over five years with the Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps in various positions.

These speakers will address questions about how the new division is defined and structured; how it is evolving; how consultants will be, or have been, selected; and how what is being put together fits with all four of the sustainability principles adopted by the Town in 2011.

This is a free public event. Come at 7:30 am and enjoy hot beverages and delicious local goodies with other sustainability advocates.

The Climate Solutions Speaker Series

Are We Prepared for the Storms
of the Century?

Thursday, April 26, 7:30 - 9 PM (Doors open at 7)
Willard School, 185 Powder Mill Rd., Concord

Climate change is happening now, causing increasing and very serious damage to our world. What exactly does that mean for the Concord area? Seacoast towns and cities will be hit hard by rising sea levels; and violent storms will repeatedly flood the streets and damage buildings; but what exactly will hit us and what will it do to us? Are we immune? Our vulnerabilities need to be realistically identified, along with strategies to increase the likelihood that we can rebound. That is the definition of climate resiliency.

This speaker series event features a three-person panel, designed to inform us about what is likely to happen and how to prepare for it.

Linda Booth SweenyLinda Booth Sweeny, Ed.D. is a Concord resident, educator and award-winning author who works with people of all ages to cultivate a deeper understanding of living systems. She will discuss systems change approaches to understanding climate breakdown and building climate resiliency.

Stephanie CovinoStephanie Covino earned her M.S. degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University. She has extensive experience in outreach and public engagement. She is a board member with the Massachusetts Watershed Coalition and a Certified Provider for the Commonwealth’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program - a program that helps communities identify actions to reduce climate vulnerabilities and strengthen assets.

Barry KeppardBarry Keppard is the Director of the Public Health Department at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). His work focus combines public health, land use, environmental, climate planning, and transportation planning projects. He will speak about the Climate Resilience Plan for the Concord area, developed by MAGIC, a subdivision of MAPC.

This is a free public event, planned by representatives of a coalition of eight local organizations, including ConcordCAN!, the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle, First Parish in Concord, Mothers Out Front, Musketaquid Arts and Environment, Trinitarian Congregational Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, and West Concord Union Church.


Concord Town Meeting

Monday, April 9 - Thursday April 12, Begins nightly at 7 PM
Concord Carlisle High School

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Town Meeting is the core of our local democracy. Many issues come up for a vote that will impact our community for many years to come; and we need to look at them through our sustainability glasses. We urge you to attend and participate as many nights as you can. This year ConcordCAN! is particularly interested in Article 23, which we will speak for at Town Meeting. Click here to read about our support for this article, which calls upon the Town to make climate resilience a municipal priority and to appoint a committee that will reccomend resilience goals.

Comprehensive Long Range Planning Committee

Public Hearing - This one is Key!

Wednesday, April 25, 7 PM Willard School Auditorium,
185 Powder Mill Rd., Concord

Envision ConcordConcord’s Long Range Planning Committee has begun the final stage of their work. They are drafting our town’s new ten year plan and certain sections of the draft are already written.

ConcordCAN! believes that, overall they have done an excellent job; but nothing is perfect and comments by the public are as critical now as they have ever been!  Sustainability advocates need to speak up to the very end! Click here to see a discussion of one issue that ConcordCAN! sees as particularly important, the issue of a formula business bylaw for all Concord business centers.

Life in the Balance Film Series

Food Inc.

Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 PM
Auditorium, Concord Carlisle High School

Food Inc.

Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner examines how mammoth corporations have taken over all aspects of the food chain in the United States, from the farms where our food is grown to the chain restaurants and supermarkets where it's sold. Narrated by author and activist Eric Schlosser, the film features interviews with average Americans about their dietary habits, commentary from food experts like Michael Pollan and unsettling footage shot inside large-scale animal processing plants.

St Annes in the Fields Climate Justice Film Series

"What Lies Up Stream"

Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 PM - Light Supper, 7:00 PM - Film
147 Concord Road, Lincoln

What's Up Stream In “What Lies Upstream,” the documentarian Cullen Hoback begins by investigating the 2014 chemical spill that left 300,000 West Virginians without safe tap water. The resulting movie, national in scope, lays out arguments about how government regulators tend to defer to the companies they are supposed to supervise, how legislative fixes aren’t permanent and how mandated safety checks are useless if they aren’t performed or performed properly.

Throughout the movie, Mr. Hoback looks for a smoking gun — a revelation that will explain pollution not only in West Virginia, but also in Flint, Mich.and elsewhere — and seems to think he finds one. But the problems appear systemic, tied to human nature and economics. Is the movie persuasive in all respects? No. Will it make you think twice about what’s gone unnoticed in your tap water? Absolutely.


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