DSNI hosts public forums for Art in Uphams Corner

Posted January 14th, 2014 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, News

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), in collaboration with residents and a broad range of community-based partners, is seeking to commission a professional artist, artisan, architect, landscape architect, or teams thereof to create artwork for permanent display in the Upham’s Corner neighborhood of Dorchester as part of the exciting increase in transit access along the Fairmount Corridor. In January 2014, DSNI is planning a number of public forums/open houses to hear directly from the finalists. During these gatherings, residents will have the opportunity to learn more about each finalist’s background and plan for this community-led visioning and design process.

January 15, 2014 6:00pm
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative 504 Dudley Street, Roxbury

January 21, 2014 5:30pm Design Studio for Social Intervention 1946 Washington Street, 2nd floor, Roxbury

January 23, 2014 6:00pm Dorchester Arts Collaborative, Erick Jean Center for the Arts 157A Washington Street, Dorchester

The selected artist/artist team will be announced in early February.

Should you have any questions please feel free to reach out. Harry Smith – Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative hsmith@dsni.org, (617) 442 – 9670 ext. 220 Laura McConaghy – The Boston Foundation laura.mcconaghy@tbf.org, 617-338-1612


Neponset Tree Planting Opportunities with Boston Natural Areas Network

Posted April 6th, 2013 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, News

BNANMA Park Serve Day, Neponset River Greenway Saturday, April 20, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Neponset Park, Hilltop Street @ Granite Ave, Dorchester Service projects to improve MA Department of Conservation and Recreation Parks across the Commonwealth will be happening on Park Serve Day. Join Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) to plant seven new trees at beautiful Neponset Park in Dorchester on the Neponset River. Volunteers will also care for 25 trees planted in the fall of 2012, applying additional mulch, checking stakes and ties, fertilizing and installing gator bags. Gloves, tools, snacks and water provided. Bring friends and family!

Earth Day Tree Planting on the Neponset River Greenway Monday, April 22, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Neponset Greenway at Milton MBTA Trolley Station, Adams Street, Dorchester Help Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) celebrate Earth Day by planting a grove of trees on Neponset Greenway in Dorchester. This event will begin with a tree planting demonstration led by BNAN staff, after which volunteers will break into small groups to plant the remaining trees. Gloves, tools, snacks and water provided. Bring friends and family!
Arbor Day Tree Planting on the Neponset River Greenway Friday, April 26, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Neponset Greenway at Butler MBTA Trolley Station, Butler Street, Dorchester What better way to celebrate Arbor Day than by planting trees! Join Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to plant new trees on the Neponset River Greenway in Dorchester. This event will begin with a tree planting demonstration led by ISA Certified Arborist Mathew Cahill, after which volunteers will break into small groups to plant trees. Gloves, tools, snacks and water provided. Register for these opportunities by calling BNAN at 617 542 7696 or by email toinfo@bostonnatural.org. Events will be held rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for weather and moderate labor.
View a flyer for these tree plantings here.

Co-op Power seeks Weatherization Crew Leader

Posted December 27th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, News, Opportunities

Co-op_Power_Logo_-_high_resolutionCo-op Power is hiring a Weatherization Crew Leader for its Metro Boston crew! Employee will coordinate activities of Co-op Power’s Boston Energy Efficiency crew members engaged in air sealing and insulation for residential buildings. Download the job posting here or write to jobs@cooppower.coop with “CREW LEADER” in the subject line for more details.



Garden in Dorchester!

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, News
BNANIf you’re ready to start growing fresh foods in a Dorchester community garden near you, please complete an application. For more information, contact  info@bostonnatural.org, call 617-542-7696 anda sk for Karen Chaffee, Stewardship Manager at ext. 19. A number of community garden plots are available for gardeners in Dorchester will be available for the 2013 growing season. The following gardens have spaces open:
Leyland Street CG, 6-20 Leyland St, Dorchester;
33 Bullard St. CG, Dorchester;
Audrey Jacobs CG, 32 Bullard St, Dorchester;
Barry Street CG, 39 Barry St, Dorchester;
Norton Stonehurst CG, Norton and Stonehurst Sts, Dorchester;
Wheatland Ave. CG, 86 Wheatland Ave, Dorchester;
Spencer Street. CG, 96 Spencer St, Dorchester

Update from Co-op Power Boston Metro East

Posted December 19th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, News

Co-opPwrmetroBostonCo-op Power Boston Metro East is finishing up their new home and seeking a few office supplies! They have conference tables and chairs, but are looking for some office furniture and equipment. Contact Wilbert (wseoane@cooppower.coop) if you can donate office equipment that is in good condition. An Open House for the new office (located in Hyde Park) will take place in  January. The staff is growing! Co-op Power is in process of training two local jobs energy efficiency crew leaders, an energy auditor and office management staff – creating local jobs for the green economy. Plenty of programming coming up: a solar hot water training, a House of Worship project at Dorchester’s 2nd Church in Codman Square, and “Neighbor to Neighbor” barnraisings  to support community organizations. Please join the next meeting on January 3rd! (For details, contact Olive Knight, olive@cooppower.coop.


GreenDorchester Founder Rosanne Foley Profiled on WERS, Boston.com

Posted December 17th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, News

Thanks-RosanneGreenDorchester founder and Dorchester Community Food Co-op board member Rosanne Foley, was recently profiled on WERS and Boston.com. Please read the article, listen to the radio piece, and share this photo online with a few friends. Rosanne, who has for years gone without credit for so much of the work she’s done, deserves a resounding round of applause. Let your friends know about seeds of community Rosanne continues to nurture and grow. Engage with them yourself! Become a member of the food co-op, learn about Dorchester’s history, and Go Local today!


Weatherize Now! with Renew Boston, Dec. 8

Posted November 29th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Advocacy, Greening Dorchester, Healthy Dorchester, News

High energy bills? Cold house? Are you a landlord, renter, or homeowner in Boston? Join Next Step Living and Mass Energy Consumers Alliance at this event hosted by Mayor Menino’s Renew Boston initiative. Refreshments served! Start saving power at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Event takes place at the Mildred Avenue Community Center, 5 Mildred Ave, Mattapan MA 02126. Pastries & Coffee will be served!

You can sign up for a no-cost energy assessment for 1-4 unit homes/buildings, engage with professional contractors, and find out how to access rebates for insulation and efficient heating & hot water equipment. For questions: Contact Erin Taylor at erin@renewboston.org or 617-524-3950. Can’t wait to start saving? Sign up for your no-cost assessment today at www.RenewBoston.org.

[GreenDorchester note: you can also consider doing many of the same services through Co-op Power Metro Boston, a wonderful local chapter of a cooperative business. And don't forget to purchase green power through Mass Energy Consumers Alliance or Easy Energy. Energy efficiency and renewable power clean our air, help mitigate climate change, and move dollars from harmful fossil fuels to cleaner, greener sources.]


Transforming Blue Hill Ave., Dec. 1

Posted November 27th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, News

Transforming Blue Hill Ave – For Community, By Community! (Flyer)

Join the Sustainability Guild & Mayor Menino’s Blue Hill Ave Neighborhood Response Team for a community celebration of the rejuvenated sites at the corner of Brunswick & Blue Hill Ave. Saturday, Dec. 1st, 12 – 3 p.m.

Come Celebrate & Learn More! Enjoy refreshments, art activities and music while learning about the community! For more info, call 617.930.6508.


Public Transit–Public Good at the State House, Nov. 27

Posted November 19th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Advocacy, Healthy Dorchester, Move Dorchester, News

2013 promises to be a decisive year for transit funding. Thanks to the leadership of riders, advocates, our legislature and the administration, transit has come to the forefront of next year’s session. Please show your support again on November 27 and 29! Spread the word out the Invitation to Public Transit Report Release and Department of Transportation Hearing flyer.

Public Transit-Public Good, a campaign of the Green Justice Coalition, is a statewide partnership that has brought together hundreds of riders and workers to push for a more equitable, sustainable and well-funded transit system in our Commonwealth.  We believe an investment in public transit – and the infrastructure that supports it – will grow our state economy and slash greenhouse gas emissions while increasing access to work, educational, civic and social opportunities across region, class and race.

We are excited to put forth our ideas for solutions to the transit puzzle in our new report, “Route to Our Future: Transit Solutions for Equity, Sustainability, and Economic Growth in the Commonwealth”. Please join the Green Justice Coalition on November 27th at 10AM for a first look at the report.

WHAT: Policy Briefing and Report Release
WHO: Public Transit-Public Good Campaign; transit riders, workers and community leaders from across the state.
WHERE:  MA State House, Room 437

We would be honored by your attendance and look forward to working together towards a more expansive, accessible and effective transit system across our Commonwealth. Please RSVP to: diana@massclu.org or 617-723-2639.

The Green Justice Coalition|Public Transit–Public Good Campaign

Alternatives for Community and Environment/T Riders Union • Bus Riders United of Southeastern Massachusetts (Amalgamated Transit Union Locals 174 & 1037, Community Economic Development Corporation of Southeastern MA, Coalition Against Poverty/Coalition for Social Justice, Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Council, Massachusetts Senior Action Council, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Labor Center) • Carmen’s Union–ATU Local 589 • Community Labor United • Greater Four Corners Action Coalition •Massachusetts Communities Action Network • Massachusetts Senior Action Council • On the Move • United for Transit Equity–Pioneer Valley (Alliance to Develop Power, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 448, Massachusetts Senior Action Council, Student Labor Action Project, Western Massachusetts Jobs with Justice), ATU Local 1547, ATU Local 22 • Greater Boston Labor Council


Farm Day at Dorchester Historical Society, 11/3

Posted October 29th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, News

Join Dorchester Historical Society for Farm Day on November 3! Celebrations take place from 1 to 4 pm at 195 Boston Street, Dorchester, MA.

Dorchester Historical Society