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ConcordCAN Newsletter

ConcordCAN Newsletter
Upcoming Events

February Sustainable Concord Coffee
Protecting  and Preserving Independent Local Business
Tuesday, February 27, 7:30-9 AM
Harvey Wheeler Community Center

Concord is uniquely rich with local independent businesses that have become part of a valued cultural heritage.  It is unusual these days to see as many of these as are enjoyed in this community.  Small-scale enterprises are being shoved aside across America by chain stores and restaurants that operate by a formula and are boringly the same wherever we go.

The coffee this month will feature presentations by three well informed and community-involved panelists:

  • Gary Kleiman, Co-Chair of the Concord Comprehensive Long Range Planning  Committee and Member of the Concord Planning Board;
  • Debra Stark, Owner of Debra’s Natural Gourmet in West Concord;
  • Karen Anderson, Co-Owner of the Main St. Cafe and Market in Concord Center.

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This is a free public event. Hot beverages and local breakfast goodies will be provided at “the Climate Cafe”. Plan to arrive early to get your food and drink and connect with other sustainability advocates.

“MAGIC” Public Forum on Climate ResilienceThursday, February 8, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Acton Town Hall, Faulkner Room
472 Main Street, Acton

At this forum the organization known as MAGIC will share the findings of a recently-completed MAGIC Climate Resilience Plan, and discuss how residents, civic groups, and   work to increase resilience across the region.   Read more…

Life in the Balance Film Series
Plastic Planet
Tuesday, February 13, 6:30 PM
Concord Carlisle High School Auditorium

We live in the Age of Plastic. It’s cheap and practical, and it’s everywhere – even in our blood. But is it a danger to us?

This feisty, informative documentary takes us on a journey around the globe – from the Moroccan Sahara to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, from a factory in China to the highest peaks of the Alps – to reveal the far-flung reaches of our plastic problem.

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St. Anne’s in the Fields Climate Justice Film Series
The Island President

Tuesday February 27, 7 PM
St Anne’s in the Fields Episcopal Church
147 Concord Rd, Lincoln

Jon Shenk’s ‘The Island President’ is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced—the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable.
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A light dinner will be served at 6:30, with the film starting at 7 PM.

Get Involved

Bill McKibben’s New Campaign
“Fossil Free Fast”

Concord CAN is a big fan of Bill McKibben and  We were extremely pleased and excited when he agreed to speak in Concord on January 18 as part of the Climate Solutions Speaker Series.  Our “Evening with Bill McKibben”: was every bit as good as we anticipated.  More info…

Green Action

HeatSmart Carlisle/Concord/Lincoln

The Towns of Carlisle, Concord and Lincoln have been chosen by MassCEC to promote clean heating and cooling technologies in 2018, including Air-Source andGround-Source Heat Pumps and renewable wood-pellet heating.  These can improve comfort, greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money over time, with significant rebates and installer discounts available to help make them affordable. The program will run from March-July of 2018, but in order to participate, homes are required to have a recent energy audit.

Free energy audits can be arranged by following one of these 2 links:

Concord (oil/electric/propane heat);
Concord (natural gas), Lincoln and Carlisle.

For further information, or to receive HeatSmart program notifications, please contact the HeatSmart coach from your town:

Carlisle:       Bob Zogg (

Concord:     Brad Hubbard-Nelson ()

Lincoln:       John Snell or Belinda Gingrich ()

Legislative Actions

Time critical actions:

Municipal Sustainability Checklist

We have created a municipal “sustainability checklist” that can help towns compare what they are doing with other towns, as well as get ideas and encourage collaboration. For residents, the checklist helps understand what towns are doing and not doing, as well as set priorities for local advocacy. For organizers, the checklist is an excellent tool to organize local groups around, and to build networks of people who care about sustainability.

Click here for details.