Upcoming Events

Green Home Conversations, Sept 18
Milton Farmer's Market, Thursdays 1 - 6 PM
SM at Farmer's Mkt, Sept 12 and Oct 10
Climate Strike, Sept 20
Neponset River Cleanup, Sept 21
Master Plan Implementation Mtg, Sept 23
Celebrate Milton, Oct 6
Town of Milton Climate Action Forum, Oct 10



Sustainable Milton Presents: the 3rd in a series of Green Home Conversations

Form. Follows. Energy.

How the new energy landscape alters the way we design and maintain our homes

J.B. Clancy, Architect
Wednesday, Sept 18, 2019
7 - 8:30 PM, Keyes Room 

Milton Public Library,
476 Canton Ave

To reduce greenhouse gasses and stave off the effects of climate change the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says we need to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. We need to curb our emissions to 49% of 2017 levels by 2030 and achieve Zero Net Carbon emissions by 2050. 

Too many numbers, too much lingo. 
People are glazing over.  Let's make it simple:

We need to get to a point, rather quickly, where we aren't continuing to add more and more carbon to the atmosphere, allowing it to return to levels that make the Earth more pleasant than a greenhouse in mid-July.  

With this past July having been the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, that greenhouse comparison is beginning to feel a bit too real.

What does "Zero Net Carbon Emissions" actually mean and how might homeowners living in 50+ year old houses achieve such a goal?

A Zero Net Carbon building is one that produces or procures as much carbon-free energy as it consumes. The picture above is a cartoon-ish illustration of this. 

A house that consumes a lot needs to produce a lot
(or perhaps, more realistically purchase a lot of it off-site) more renewable energy than a home that consumes less.

Generally speaking you can accomplish this in 2 ways: 
1. by installing solar panels on your property &/or purchasing energy from a solar or wind farm;  
2. by doing everything possible to reduce how much energy your home
(and the people living in it) need to function.

Please join us on Weds Sept 18 at 7 PM to learn how regular people living in regular houses can achieve such lofty goals.

Please Note: This presentation will be filmed and broadcast by Milton Access TV, but it will be a lot more fun and engaging if you join us in person :-)

J.B. Clancy is an architect, a Milton resident and a member of the Milton Alternate Energy Committee that helped Milton achieve Green Community status.  Milton's GC status continues to pay dividends via large grants that offset taxpayer dollars otherwise spent on high Municipal energy consumption.

Join the MA Youth Climate Strike

Sept 20, 2019 - various locations in MA, and elsewhere on Earth

Posted on September 1, 2019 by Green Newton:

Following the lead and vision of Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, youth have been striking across the globe for climate justice. In Massachusetts, youth leaders organized three strikes in the spring. On September 20, youth and adult allies will once again come together to strike to stop “business as usual.” The strike will be followed by a week of action.  RSVP HERE

Read and listen to WBUR's coverage: MA students constructed a 100' whale mosaic on Boston Common, June 2019.

From Massachusetts and the Sierra Club: 

Make a video to support the Climate Strike:
School strikers are calling on youth, parents, and all concerned citizens to join the September 20 Climate Strike and the week of action that follows. Adults will stand in solidarity with youth to ensure a just and livable future for all. Create a short video about why you're striking, why you care about the climate crisis, and why it's personal to your life! Instructions hereUpload videos here.


Milton Farmer's Market

Milton Town Wharf, Thursdays 1 - 6 pm 

Don't forget to visit the Milton Farmer's Market each week for fresh, local food at it's best!  Visit them on Facebook to find out who and what will be on hand each week.  

Sept 12 and Oct 10 - Sustainable Milton will be there to inform you about upcoming events and answer your questions about home energy audits, sustainable landscaping, electric vehicles/lawn care equipment, and more!

Reusable produce bags and large tote bags will be available at the SM table.  Both can be machine-washed and air-dried as needed
(produce bags may fare better in the machine within a pillowcase or a delicate wash bag).  High quality, sustainably-sourced (scrap fabric and recycled bottles) and locally manufactured (made in NH) tote bags are dressed up with nice graphics and sustainable lifestyle reminders. They are perfect for carrying fresh corn, melons and the rest of your farm stand purchases (and make great hostess gifts as well)!!
Don't forget:  If you ride your bike there (with a helmet!) you will receive a $2 coupon which may be redeemed at any of the market vendors.  Thank you Bike Milton for encouraging safe, green transportation to our Farmer's Market!  
RIP Marjorie...

Neponset River Fall Cleanup
Sat. Sept. 21, 9 AM - Noon
Various locations along the Neponset River

Please assist the Neponset River Watershed Assoc (NepRWA) in their efforts to remove trash from the river and adjacent land.  You can help beautify the area while restoring fish and wildlife habitats in Hyde Park, Mattapan, and Milton.

Any help you can provide re: cleaning up or organizing will be appreciated! Please register at For more info, please contact Kelly Di Stefano at 781-575-0354 x306 or


Master Plan Implementation Mtg

Monday Sept 23, 7 PM
Council on Aging 
10 Walnut St, Milton

The Master Plan Implementation Committee embarked upon an effort to study and develop mixed-use overlay zoning in the Milton Village Business District in 2017 to address pressing local housing needs and to put tools in place to encourage economic development for a more vibrant district. The Committee will present its analyses and recommendations to town officials, residents, business owners, stakeholders and users and provide an opportunity for input. 

Come hear their ideas and have an opportunity to share your own!



Pierce Middle School, 451 Central Ave (rear)
Sun Oct 6, Noon - 4 PM, rain or shine

Sustainable Milton and 70 other local groups will be celebrating the richness of Milton

Enjoy free children's entertainment, live music and dance; eat some food, mingle with neighbors, find out what community organizations and local businesses have to offer; check out electric vehicles and chat with their happy owners.  It's a great coming together day.  We look forward to seeing you there!

If Mother Nature does not cooperate, Celebrate Milton will take place inside Pierce MS

Sustainable Milton

Pres. Daryl Warner, VP Didi Emmons, Treasurer Greg Naviloff, Secretary Fred Taylor; Board Members:  Erick Ask, Henry MacLean, Louie Pierro, Tara Manno Richer and Tucker Smith

Reach us:  Sustainable Milton is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit org

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