Lexington Green Network – November 2022

The leaves are changing and temperatures are dropping – the next thing you know we’ll be turning the clocks back!

Fall makes us think of cooler weather and warmer sweaters. Fall is also a great time to assess the best way to stay warm this winter, and next!  New programs and economic incentives have arrived to evaluate and improve your home’s insulation, and provide rebates for modern, all electric, heat pumps that can produce clean heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer.  If you have an old oil or natural gas heating system you can get up to $10,000 off on a new heating and cooling system.  To learn more check out the excellent Town website on Energy Efficiency and Electrification.  

As you’ll see in this month’s newsletter, November has so many opportunities to learn and take action on behalf of our environment. The LPS Green Teams are joining up with the Town to provide a pumpkin drop off site with a twist! Lexington Living Landscapes and Cary Library host two arborists to talk to homeowners about caring for their trees. And don’t forget to line your pantry with delicious local food for Thanksgiving and beyond at the Lexington Farmers’ Market “FEASTival”.  

With all this and more we will just about be able to tolerate the shorter days and colder weather. Happy Thanksgiving to all!  

Green Your Halloween at Lexington’s First Town-wide “Pumpkin Smash” Event November 4th

Friday, November 4, 2022, 12:00-2:00PM
Lincoln Park, 100 Lincoln St.

Can a New Utility Business Model Green the Grid? – Restructuring for Resilient Renewables

Thursday, November 10, 2022, 7:00-8:30PM
Register here for Zoom Link

To get to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 we need to act today! This event will explore how we get there.

#1  Reform our utility model to eliminate structural barriers  to resilient reliable renewables!  We welcome Mark Sandeen, Lexington Select Board Member and Former Chair of Sustainable Lexington to inform us on how utilities could lead the way to renewable energy powering the grid.

#2  Green our heating and cooling in an equitable way, without straining our electric grid or raising our energy bills. Audrey Schulman, Co-Founder and Co-Executive director of HEET will explain how to persuade gas utilities to install networked ground source heat pumps instead of new gas infrastructure.

“11th Hour Calling” Bell Ringing and Talk

Friday, November 11, 2022, 11:00AM
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church

Please join the Climate Action Team of First Parish Church on the Green for the November 11th Hour Calling Witness.

At 11:00 AM sharp we will celebrate our 1st anniversary of this monthly interfaith witness to combat climate change. Our guest speaker will be Raj Heda from the Bhakti Center, Lexington. He will share his perspective as a Hindu Priest on how to respond to the dangers of climate change.

Lexington Living Landscapes and Cary Library

 

What Every Homeowner Should Know About Their Trees

Monday, November 14, 2022, 7:00-8:30PM
ONLINE ONLY
For more information and to register, click here

Wondering what you could be doing to keep your trees healthy? When to call an arborist, and how they can help? What to do if you’re concerned that a tree is threatening your house? How trees contribute to your family’s comfort and well-being and your home’s value? Join us for a wide-ranging conversation with two experienced arborists to discuss what every homeowner should know about their trees. We’ll save some time at the end for a period of audience Q-and-A. If you have trees on your property, or are thinking of planting one, this program is for you.

Stephen Vernon is a 12-year veteran of the tree industry. He is a Massachusetts Certified Arborist and International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist and serves on the Mass Arborists Association exam committee.  With a passion for tree preservation, the outdoors, and human connection, Stephen has been with Harrison McPhee Inc. for 8 years. In that time he has served in multiple roles including climbing arborist, plant health care expert, and currently as Team Lead of Operations.

Greg Mosman comes to Barrett Tree Service East Inc. after a long career as the City Arborist/Tree Warden for the City of Boston, where he oversaw the care and management of Boston’s urban forest including 40,000 street trees and the Historic Parks of the Emerald Necklace. A Massachusetts Certified Arborist, Past President of the Massachusetts Arborists Association, and qualified by the International Society of Arboriculture in Tree Risk Assessment, Greg is passionate about trees and the environment.

Lexington Farmers’ Market

Join Us for Our 2022 Thanksgiving FEASTival Farmers’ Market!

Tuesday before Thanksgiving – November 22, 2022, 12:00-4:00PM
Worthen Road Practice Field
 

Stay tuned for potential additional vendors!

For preorders please visit our preorder page here!

Fall Ducks at Arlington Reservoir

Saturday, November 19, 2022, 9:00-11:00AM
Meet at Arlington Reservoir new lot on Lowell St.

Join local birder John Andrews to explore the autumn variety of ducks and other waterfowl that may be found at the Arlington Reservoir, which straddles the Arlington/Lexington border. In addition to migrant duck species, there may be migrant sparrows to find at the pond’s border with LexFarm. More than light rain will cancel the walk. Meet in the reservoir’s new lot on Lowell St.

Leader: John Andrews ~ jandrews166@gmail.com, 781-382-5658

 

Turkey Trot at Willard’s Woods & Chiesa Farm

Saturday, November 26, 2022, 1:00-3:00PM
Meet at Willard’s Woods parking lot on North St.(opposite 38 North St.)

Walk off some of those Thanksgiving calories with a tour of Willard’s Woods and Chiesa Farm. Meet at the Willard’s Woods parking lot on North St. opposite 38 North St. The route will wind through the meadows and woodland on the Willards Woods property, through the Diamond Middle School parking area, and then through Chiesa Farm before looping back to the starting point. Steady rain cancels. Hiking poles maybe useful for some, especially if the ground is frozen.

Leader: Keith Ohmart ~ kohmart@verizon.net, 781-862-6216

Town of Lexington Office of Sustainability and Resilience

Be sure to sign up for the SustainabLex Newsletter by our Sustainability and Resilience Officer Maggie Peard.

Get monthly updates on Lexington’s sustainability initiatives, information about community events, and resources to help make Lexington a more sustainable place to live, work, and play.

Lexington Public Schools

LHS Football Rent-a-Player Leaf Raking Fundraiser

The LHS football players are again donating their time to help community members rake their leaves this fall. This important fundraiser will help support the team’s activities and equipment.

For more information, click here. if you have any questions, contact Flo Donaghy and Carol Colwell.

  • When: Sat, Nov 19 (Rain Date: Sun, Nov 20)
  • Where: Individual homes where leaves need to be raked
  • Sign up here for details and to reserve your players!

Don’t delay—we are almost sold out!

 

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