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ConcordCAN May Events

ConcordCAN May Events

Sustainable Concord Coffees

Changes in Concord’s Birds and Mammals Since Henry David Thoreau’s Day, and Why

Tuesday, May 15, 7:30 – 9 AM,
Harvey Wheeler Community Center, Clocktower Room

Peter AldenPeter Alden is a world-renowned naturalist, lecturer, ecotourism guide and author of 15 books on North American and African wildlife, including the National Audubon Society’s Regional Field Guide Series. He is considered to be an authority on birds and large mammals of the world and is often consulted by the media and the ecotourism industry for his expertise. Peter is also a highly entertaining and widely sought after lecturer on topics that include world wildlife, the Polar regions, invasive plants and biodiversity of the northeast.

For this coffee, Peter will show a fifty-minute slideshow with commentary, focusing on what has been happening to the kinds of animals he knows best in his own home town. He is concerned, as we all are, by how climate change is impacting biodiversity and undermining natural systems that protect and preserve all living things, including us.

This presentation will begin sharply at 7:40 AM so that we can have sufficient time for lively Q & A and discussion. Hot beverages and delicious local breakfast goodies will be available at “the Climate Cafe.”


REUSIT & Concord Public Works

DropOff & SwapOff Day

Saturday, May 5,
DropOff: 9:30 AM – 3 PM
SwapOff: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
133 Keyes Road, Concord, Payment by Check Only

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The DropOff area collects a variety of specific reusable and recyclable items, such as electronics, mattresses, athletic shoes, and scrap metal. Click here to see a list of items you can DropOff This area also collects oversized waste for disposal as trash. The DropOff portion of the event takes place rain or shine.

The SwapOff is a free flea market. Residents bring things they no longer want or need, or take away items they can use. Everything is free. Click here for SwapOff guide lines. The SwapOff portion of the event is cancelled in the event of rain.



Final Meet-the-Installers Event

Monday, May 7, 7 PM
First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road, Concord


HeatSmart is a community-led initiative to learn about and purchase clean energy technologies. Through July 31, 2018, residents and businesses in Carlisle, Concord, and Lincoln can purchase advanced air-source and ground-source heat pumps and modern wood heating systems at special discounts from competitively selected installers. Supported by thousands of dollars in rebates from state and utility programs, these clean heating and cooling technologies can greatly reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, reduce your energy costs, and improve the comfort of your home. For more information about HeatSmart, visit HeatSmartCCL.


HEATSMART – 3 Open Houses

* Ground-Source Heat Pump

Saturday, May 19, 2 – 4 PM, Concord

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* Modern Wood Heating

Saturday, May 19, 3 – 5 PM, Winchester

modern wood stove

* Air-Source Heat Pump

Sunday, May 20, 2 – 4 PM, Concord


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RSVP for more information and addresses.


Life in the Balance Film Series

Human Flow by Ai Weiwei

Tuesday, May 15, 6:30 PM
Room 401, Concord-Carlisle High School

uman Flow

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.


St Annes in the Fields Climate Justice Film Series

“Racing Extinction”

Tuesday May 22, 6:30 PM – Light Supper, 7:00 PM – Film
147 Concord Road, Lincoln

Racing ExtinctionDirector Louie Psihoyos and the Oceanic Preservation Society go on the most high-tech, undercover operation ever for an inside look at the hidden world of endangered species and a detailed analysis of the astronomical industrial growth which is changing the chemistry of the entire planet. Using hidden cameras and numerous high tech tactics to infiltrate the world’s most dangerous black markets to document the link between carbon emissions and species extinction, the documentary reveals stunning, never-before seen images that truly change the way we see the world.

CABA and The Nature Conservancy

How Can Trees Mitigate Climate Change?

Tuesday, May 22, 6 – 8 PM
The Nature Conservancy 99 Bedford Street, Suite 5, Boston

How Can Trees Mitigate Climate Change?

New Englanders have a special relationship with trees. We mark our changing seasons with the cycling of their leaves and each year, their turnover encompasses the majority of small talk in the region. But beyond their aesthetic value, trees hold the potential to sequester sizable amounts of the carbon we emit into the atmosphere and provide tangible ecosystem services in suburban and urban areas. Come and learn about the tangible benefits they offer our communities and your business with a panel featuring experts who tackle the subject from the public and private sectors.


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.