Opportunities to take action in September

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Energy & Environment:

Coming up Sept. 14 at the Aquarium! Register now for LWVMA’s Climate and Energy Solutions Series forum at the New England Aquarium’s Simons IMAX® Theatre Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, but you must register through the Aquarium’s website. Don’t miss out!

LWVMA and LWV-Boston are excited to team up with the Aquarium and UMass Boston School for the Environment for “Extreme events and climate change: What we know and what we can do.” As timely as the news out of Houston, Dr. Ellen Douglas of UMass Boston will discuss our changing climate, what changes may be in the future for Boston and beyond, and plans for how to adapt to these changes. See her comments in the Boston Globe here and an article about the event here. You can find a flyer here.

Check out our other Environmental Forums: The three other forums in this series will be Oct. 4 in Winchester, Oct. 19 in Lexington, and Nov. 4 in Falmouth.   [Read more…]

Upcoming Events on Environmental Issues

Three upcoming local and regional events on environmental issues:

1. From the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber:  Jeff Speck will Address the Factors Which Help Create a Truly Walkable Neighborhood at the NNRC Real Estate Forum at the Sheraton Needham on Tuesday, September 12 from 4 to 7:30 pm.  There is a fee required, and attendees are asked to register online.

At the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber’s Annual Real Estate Forum, planner and walkability expert Jeff Speck will help the local real estate community understand what makes a truly walkable neighborhood and how the idea of “complete streets” is the right tool to create better communities. The Sept. 12 event will also include a panel of developers who will highlight the creative approaches they are taking to create projects that are less car-centric.

2.  From LWVMA:  Extreme Events and Climate Change:  What We Know and What We Can Do, a forum at the New England Aquarium’s Omni Theater Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. This event is part of the Aquarium’s Lecture Series, and is co-sponsored by LWVMA, the Aquarium, and the UMass Boston School for the Environment. The speaker, Dr. Ellen Douglas, will address extreme events and climate change. She will discuss observations of our changing climate, what changes may be in the future for Boston and beyond, and plans for adapting to these changes.

The event is free, but does require registration.  Click here to register.

3.  From LWV of Needham:  Environmentally Friendly Lawn Alternatives on Friday, September 15th at 9:30 am at the Needham Public Library:  Mark Richardson, New England Wild Flower Society’s Botanic Garden Director, will present alternatives to traditional lawns and how you can make your yard both beautiful and environmentally friendly. He will also offer practical how-to advice on how to create and maintain a yard with native plantings. 

Details: http://lwv-needham.org/files/2017-09-15_league_friday_forum.pdf

Join LWVMA for Women’s Equality Day on Thursday, August 24th

The Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition, which includes LWVMA, celebrates Women’s Equality Day Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Swan Boat Landing in the Boston Public Garden from noon to 1 p.m. The League will be registering voters and we need some volunteers. If you’d like to help, please contact Mary Ann Ashton.

Speakers will include Fredie D. Kay, CoalitionPresident; Megan Costello, Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement; and Eric Jenkins-Sahlin, documentary filmmaker, who is Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s great-great-great-grandson.

William F. Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth, will unveil the Suffrage Centennial Display Panel Project, a joint effort by his office, the Massachusetts Archives and the Commonwealth Museum.        

For more information on the event, click here.

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