Don't miss out the Moving Planet event on September 24, 2011! If you'd like to attend with Green Streets and spread the word about Walk/Ride Days, please let us know.
It's a "worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crisis," and people are invited to come on bike, on skates, on a board, or just on foot. Many other organizations will be there, and it's a great opportunity to connect.
Helen D. Silver, attorney with the Clean Air Task Force, Inc., and resident of Boston's Jamaica Plain, has joined the Green Streets Board of Directors, as of July 1, 2011. In large and small ways, she supports our mission, and looks forward to making a meaningful contribution. We look forward to working with her.
“Combating climate change and thus preventing – or at least reducing – the serious harm that it presents to both the environment and to public health is a core mission for me both personally and professionally. I have devoted my professional career as a lawyer to the protection of the environment in general and to combating climate change in particular. I have worked in various areas of environmental law at the state, federal, and international levels in private practice, and currently focus exclusively on climate change at the federal level. In addition, I attempt to live my everyday life so as to have the smallest environmental footprint as possible. For instance, walking, biking, and taking the train are my primary modes of transportation.
I support the mission of Green Streets in combating climate change and creating safer communities and a healthier citizenry.
As a Board member, I look forward to bringing my perspective and contacts to bear in
helping Green Streets further develop its corporate presence and corporate sponsorships
receiving endorsements by other nonprofit environmental organizations,
obtaining appropriate legal expertise,
further developing the Green Streets Board, and
spreading the word about Walk/Ride Days in Boston and, in particular, in my Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain.”
The Regional Coordinator will offer technical assistance and oversee the development of Walk/Ride Day program in new communities. Walk/Ride Day is a popular program spreading across the city designed to decrease traffic and pollution and increase the health of children and the community. The program promotes walking and biking and transit use to work and school through education, programs, events and incentives. The coordinator will promote green and healthy transportation choices and help to promote the development of Walk/Ride Day in new Greater Boston communities. The Coordinator will be responsible for sharing marketing material and techniques with the new communities and promoting Walk/Ride Days (the last Friday of every month).
- Be a part-time “casual” employee of the Somerville Health Department reporting to Nicole Rioles, Regional Active Transit Director
- Be trained by Nicole Rioles. Nicole will also share some of the tasks below, depending on the experience and interests of the Coordinator
- Meet on site with community organizers across the region and offer marketing and events-bases strategies for promoting active and healthy commuting choices every month.
- Partner our design, marketing, PR, and web developers with community organizers so that Walk/Ride messages appear regularly in community calendars, newsletters, and other regularly published community-based communications
- Share tools and resources with each community including training materials, evaluations, surveys, banners, stamps, flyers, raffle prizes and other marketing materials that promote Walk/Ride Day
- Work collaboratively with the Green Streets staff and volunteers to share community events and activities that promote healthy commuting each month
- 20 hours per week
- Coordinator will work from home and use his/her own computer
- Coordinator will be hired and trained in August, 2011
- Work under this project will end April, 2012. If new funding is received, the work will continue into 2013.
- Experience, training, or education in any of the following: community organizing, PR, communications, education, public health, urban planning, and transportation planning.
- Understanding of and a shared goal of encouraging more car-free commutes and/or an understanding of green and sustainable transportation
- Experience or interest in making verbal and written presentations to varied audiences.
- Understanding of regional cultures and communities
- Good writing skills
- Organized, creative, able to work on your own as well as with a variety of other people
Contact:Nicole Rioles617-625-6600 Ext. 2414Nrioles@somervillema.gov
Are you passionate about helping people explore and use sustainable transportation? Do you like to collaborate, think creatively and communicate positively? Would you like to better know your city, hundreds of key players and decision-makers, employers and other citizens of all ages?
Then you might like to become Cambridge or Boston's Citywide Walk/Ride Day Coordinator, starting this August, 2011. Applications will be reviewed as they come in, and we hope to have new coordinators on board for a strong September kick-off.
Questions and more information: Nicole Rioles Director, Walk/Ride Day Regionalization Program, 617-625-6600 x 2414
At a recent Walk/Ride Day celebration at Graham and Parks School in Cambridge, bike racks were full and students enjoyed getting their hands stamped. Students and families also had the opportunity to learn more about the Cambridge DPW's Junior Forester Program which is actively recruiting students to make a year long committment to water and mulch one of the over 300 trees that they plant each year.
"Reaching out to students at families on Walk/Ride Day is a great collaboration and a great way to get the word about this program out to the community." said Kelly Dunn, the DPW Community Relations Administrator who attended the first Walk/Ride Day outreach along with Ellen Coppinger, the DPW's Landscape Administrator.
Somerville, as one of the six pilot communities for Green Streets' federal Clean Air and Mobility Fund's Regionalization of Walk/Ride Days project, will have a new part-time coordinator. For the last nine years, Michelle Liebetreu has been working to raise funds and awareness for environmental organizations both locally and internationally. As a recreational biker and long-time bike commuter Michelle is excited to encourage more Somerville residents to use this fun and healthy mode of transportation through Walk/Ride Day.
Also working with Michelle will be Jamal Halawa, another Somerville parent and bicycle commuter. Jamal will spend a few months this summer helping establish Walk/Ride Day events, potentially including Walk/Ride Day week bike tune-ups, in Somerville schools.
"In my family, I am part of a long line of cyclists, and I want to pass down this love of bicycles. We ride as much as we can and try to use our bikes for transportation at all times - for no other reason than enjoyment. That said, I think the bicycle is the cheapest, quickest, smartest and most enjoyable way to get around. Cycling makes a person feel healthy and self sufficient and a part of his/her surroundings. I want everyone to experience that.
I think Walk/Ride day is a great first step in that discovery and I hope that the event can grow and expand and help people in my community live happy and healthy lives. I want to link people to local, small, health/bicycle businesses and organizations. I want to help in an organic, ground-up growth of networks of different people, based on health and community, and I feel we can accomplish this through Walk/Ride day.
Why is he interested in working with Green Streets? Says Eli, "During my junior year of high school, I took a course that examined the cultural and historical roots behind America’s love affair with cars, and the effects that this obsession has had on our cities. After studying alternative methods of transportation, shared space, and effective use of rapid transit, and reading Jane Jacobs’ Death and Life of Great American Cities, I felt a deep lament at the current state of American cities, but also a sense of hope at what they could potentially become.
Eli will be working on a wide range of activities, from tabling at Walk/Ride Day events to writing, soliciting new retail sponsors, attending meetings and helping on outreach and general administration.
We are looking forward to celebrating summer with old and new friends of Green Streets. For directions to the Alewife Reservation please follow this link.
A Sustainable Summer Escape: Sign in for Your Chance to Win the Definitive Guide to the Boston Harbor Islands
Thank you to the locally-owned Union Square Press for supporting the Walk/Ride Day Program and donating a copy of Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands to our May sign-in raffle.
BOSTON, MA— Christopher Klein, author of Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands (2nd Ed.,Union Park Press, 2011), says this is the year to get out to the Boston Harbor Islands. Recently namedas a “Top 10 Urban Escape” by National Geographic, the park management of the Boston HarborIslands National Park Area has been working diligently to expand island offerings for the 2011 season.
One development is the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, designed to convey the sense of freedom visitors experience within this urban wild. Bostonians knowall too well the missteps plaguing development of the Greenway; the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion stands as a great accomplishment, which will increase awareness of the islands as well as serve the city of Boston as a venue for events and educational programming.
“Everything from the design to the location will help raise awareness of these wonderful gems inBoston’s backyard,” says Klein. “The pavilion should be the first stop for any new visitor to the islands this summer.”
Here are Klein’s top five island picks for the upcoming season:
• Anyone say clambake? Jasper White’s Summer Shack is partnering with the BostonHarbor Island Alliance to offer its well-loved fare on the islands. Take a cruise fromLong Wharf to Spectacle Island and go all-out for the full Summer Shack Clambake, including fresh lobsters, clams, mussels, corn on the cob, baked potatoes, and some of Boston’s best clam chowder.
• Pitch a tent! When the ferries resume service in May, cruise to Peddocks Island tocheck out their new public campground. With ten individual sites, a large group area,and plans for six yurts by the summer of 2012, island camping is a quick and easy way to escape the city’s bustle and heat.
• Get your adventure on! After you’ve set up your campsite, check out the redevelopmentof Fort Andrews—historically used for artillery and to house prisoners of war duringboth World War I and II. (Also the inspiration behind Dennis Lehane’s novel Shutter Island.)
• Pop into the new museum! The former mine storage center on Georges Island has been transformed into a Visitor’s Center with a museum on the ground floor.
• More of the same great programming: Jazz concerts, vintage baseball, art encampments. You name it, the islands have it.
“Bottom line: each island has something unique to offer—whether it’s wartime ruins, camping, orscenic views—and with improvements to general accessibility and offerings on the islands, there’s no time like the present, ” says Klein.
To learn more about the history and heritage of the harbor islands, pick up a copy of Klein’s book, Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City’s Hidden Shores and start planning your island adventures.