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Invitation to Join Lt. Governor and MBTA General Manager

This invitation below was emailed to supporters on 9.26.2011 Click here for original including more working links.

 

YOU ARE INVITED!

Dear friends of Green Streets,

 

We have a very exciting event for this Friday morning's Walk/Ride Day commute. Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis will participate in Walk/Ride Day by riding the 6:55 commuter rail from Worcester to Boston. At South Station, they and other VIPs will welcome commuters. There will also be exhibitors, music and refreshments.

 

Please mark your calendar and share with your friends. If you check in online and pledge to participate this Friday, you will be eligible for special raffle prizes. Three lucky winners will win lunch with the Acting General Manager of the MBTA!

 

Click the invitation below and visit our site for more details as they emerge.

 

Also, please join us for a special evening event at Johnny D's in Davis Square!

 

And please patronize our very generous Walk/Ride Day sponsors. They're listed by community on our website, and want you to take advantage of all the discounts and freebies they offer!

 

I hope to see you there (if you're not stamping hands at your kids' schools or otherwise occupied)!

 

With best regards,

Janie

Janie Katz-Christy, Director

Green Streets Initiative, Inc.www.GoGreenStreets.org

walk-ride-days@comcast.net

Sept. 30: Join the Lt. Gov., MBTA GM, Nicole Freedman, the Hubway, more...

Please share with all your friends and check in here for more details as they arise! See exhibitor list below!

South Station Sept 20 event Flyer Download South Station Sept 20 event Flyer

Exhibitors:

Livable Streets AllianceMassBikeWalkBostonMBTAThe Boston Harbor Assn. MassRides Boston Cyclists UnionBikes Not Bombs (not confirmed yet

And thanks to South Station for hosting and to Tufts Health Plan for its finanicial support of the event.

Connect with Moving Planet September 24!

Mp-web-logo-en 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.

Welcome Helen Silver, New Board Member

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.

Helen Silver 2 “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.”

 

New Part-Time Walk/Ride Day Program Position: Regional Coordinator

The Regional Coordinator will offer technical assistance and oversee the development of Walk/Ride Day program in new communities. Jamalhalawa 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). 

The Coordinator will offer trainings and technical assistance to community organizers based in Boston, Cambridge, Everett, Lynn, Medford, and Somerville.  The Coordinator will: MAPC_Subregions-cr

  • 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

Structure:

  • 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.

Qualifications:

  • 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 

Green Streets Seeks Citywide Walk/Ride Day Coordinators in Cambridge and Boston

Coordinator 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 

Click here for job descriptions and background info.

Celebrating Walk/Ride Day at Graham and Parks School

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.   Gp5

"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. Gp4

New Coordinators and Interns Bring Professional and Personal Perspectives to Position

Bridge and Shelly biking-cr 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.

Jamalhalawa-cr "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.

Eli Dalven profile pic Eli Dalven, an Arlington resident and Cambridge School of Weston senior, will be interning with Green Streets Director Janie Katz-Christy this summer.

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.

Celebrate Wild Food in Cambridge's Urban Wild on June 24th Walk/Ride Day

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.

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