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Green Cambridge works to create a more sustainable Cambridge, and to protect the environment for the health and safety of all. Join Us!

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Silver Maple Forest Alert!

We are sad to report that the Silver Maple trees at the development site on the Belmont Uplands have been cut, despite fierce opposition, even though the building permit has yet to be issued by the Town of Belmont. At this time we are asking all concerned to join the Silver Maple Forest Alliance, consisting of Green Cambridge, Friends of Alewife Reservation, faculty members at Lesley University, Arlington, Belmont and Cambridge activists, and many others to stand up against this unwarranted destruction of nature. Of course we support development of housing for human beings, but we cannot afford to build housing at the expense of nature.

The Silver Maple Forest provides valuable ecosystem services including flood protection and protection against the urban heat island effect, all of which are urgently needed in the age of climate change. Our friends at Lesley University have carefully documented the immense monetary value these services represent to our communities.

Please check friendsofalewifereservation.org as well as our calendar for upcoming events. Although the trees have been cut, we will continue to fight for preserving the land as open space forever. Please join us as we try to protect our health and safety by preserving this important ecosystem that is ecologically a part of the Alewife Reservation. Thank you for heeding this call!

Green Energy Now!

Click here for limited time opportunity to get Solar PV at 20% off through a neighborhood solar purchase program!

Click here to sign up for a new community solar project under development in the Cambridge/Boston area!

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The State of Solar Power in Cambridge

Based on a careful analysis of publicly available solar installation data, our work shows that Cambridge has installed over (NEW AS OF SUMMER 2014: 2.5 megawatt (MW)!) of solar in the last 10 years, the vast majority of that being installed in the last 2 years!  Based on the Mapdwell solar map for Cambridge, we calculate a total rooftop solar capacity for Cambridge of at least 400 Mw.  So there is room for many more solar installations in Cambridge, saving money, reducing pollution and preventing climate disaster.  Contact us if you would like to find out more.

Current Projects

Green Cambridge is currently working on several projects including:
  • Advocating for net-zero fossil fuel energy buildings.
  • Promoting food waste composting.
  • Promoting local renewable energy.
  • Advocating for a plastic grocery bag ban.
  • Helping to install rain barrels (during growing season).
  • Working with DPW to increase recycling by Cambridge businesses.
  • Exploring community solar gardens.
  • Preserving the Silver Maple Forest in partnership with Friends of Alewife Reservation and the Belmont Coalition.
  • Advocating for Climate Change Action as part of MCAN.
  • Advocating for greater protection of our natural environment.
  • Organizing community events, including movie showings.
Please join us to help accomplish these projects and to suggest new ones.

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