My Experience with CDD: A Personal Perspective

When I first started here at the CDD, I was skeptical about what to expect. I was not sure what I would be doing in the beginning, but everything eventually fell into place. I started to do public outreach and I was a bit worried at first, but after going in I felt a bit less tense. Knowing public outreach is not really my strong suit, I felt really anxious as I didn’t know what to expect, it being my first time and all.

My first experience was at a local farmer’s market, and I was posted at a table to hand out Cambridge city maps and other CitySmart pamphlets. Since I was not the only one there who was handing things out, it made me feel more comfortable because I didn’t feel alone. Some people were handing out informational pamphlets and goodies regarding different things like food recipes, others aimed to raise awareness about the threat of cigarettes on a person’s health and personal oral hygiene. Once I started talking to others about what they were doing, I felt more comfortable with proceeding with what I had to do. I had people come over to my table and it turns out it wasn’t that scary! I’m glad I did it because it really helps improve your social skills and if you’re the timid type like me, it really helps you gain confidence in regards to social interaction.

Eventually I went on to do the same thing at the Cambridge Public Library next to the Cambridge Rindge and Latin school all on my lonesome. Since I had the same mindset from the first time I did this at the farmer’s market, I felt much more comfortable interacting with the people who were coming in and out of the library.

The Cambridge Public Library at 449 Broadway

Although some people get a little salty when it comes to offering helpful resources, the majority of people coming through the library are happy to stop by, chat, and take a few things. If you are going to do public outreach, don’t be afraid and I’d recommend going in with great confidence and stride!

- Mike McKenzie, Intern with the Environment and Transportation Division

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cambridgeteenroom:

Starting this Saturday, there is whole week of fun and activity at the Moore Youth Center!

Saturday, April 19: Stepfest 2014* [$7]

Tuesday, April 22: Free movie trip

Wednesday, April 23: Laser Tag

Thursday, April 24: Wrentham Outlets trip

Friday, April 25: Cookout! Followed by Spring…

Check it out!

Sustainability in Cambridge: A conversation.

Earth Day – April 22nd, 2014

Proud Participant of the Cambridge Science Festival

Join the City of Cambridge as we answer your questions about sustainability initiatives in Cambridge.

Followed by “Save That Banana Peel and Eat Your Veggies” Workshop, hosted by the Dept. of Public Works

 Why are we hosting this?  

There is so much going on in Cambridge on the topic of sustainability that it is sometimes hard to keep track of!  We are hoping to bring together a broad group of people who live, work and play in Cambridge to learn all about these initiatives.  Of course we’d love for people to become involved after they learn about these interesting programs, but there is no mandatory action to take afterwards – unless you want to! 

When: Tuesday, April 22nd, 3-5pm

  • Where: Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, 5th Floor

 What will we talk about?

  • Water Use (Water Department)
  • Building Energy Use (Department of Public Works, MIT and Homeowners Rehab, Inc)
  • Waste Reduction (Department of Public Works and Harvard University)
  • Energy Use Reduction/ Solar (Cambridge Energy Alliance and Next Step Living)
  • Net Zero Taskforce (City of Cambridge and MIT)
  • Climate Change Vulnerability (Community Development and Draper)
  • EcoDistricts (Community Development and Alexandria Real Estate Equities)
  • Parking and Transportation Demand Management (PTDM Manager)
  • Transit (Community Development)
  • Hubway (City of Cambridge and BioMed Realty)
  • Public Schools (Cambridge Public Schools and Prism Energy)
  • Employee Initiatives (Department of Public Works)

Please RSVP: http://bit.ly/1lQUEnC 

BONUS!

6pm “Save That Banana Peel and Eat Your Veggies” Workshop in the Havana Room

Learn your options to compost food scraps, and ways to reduce food waste. Cambridge’s Recycling Director, Ms. Randi Mail will review best practices for outdoor composting, indoor composting with worms, and options for drop-off and bicycle pickup. Recycling food scraps and making soil is extremely rewarding, benefits your garden and house plants and helps to curb climate change! To RSVP for this workshop email recycle@cambridgema.gov.

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fastcompany:

If You Live Near A Park, You’re More Likely To Be Happy
If you want to be happy, living near a park could be a good idea. More and more research shows a relationship between green space and higher levels of mental health.
The latest comes from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Researchers looked at 2009 survey data that asked 2,500 residents about depression, anxiety, and stress. They next analyzed 229 neighborhoods for vegetation cover. Those places with more trees tended to be happier, and the association was “significant and sizable,” according to a paper discussing the results.
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Trees make you happy!

fastcompany:

If You Live Near A Park, You’re More Likely To Be Happy

If you want to be happy, living near a park could be a good idea. More and more research shows a relationship between green space and higher levels of mental health.

The latest comes from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Researchers looked at 2009 survey data that asked 2,500 residents about depression, anxiety, and stress. They next analyzed 229 neighborhoods for vegetation cover. Those places with more trees tended to be happier, and the association was “significant and sizable,” according to a paper discussing the results.

Read More>

Trees make you happy!

Sign up now and help us be the largest showing in the world!  Due date is May 1.

Free bike workshops for Cambridge residents/employees!

April 30 – Urban Cycling Basics/Hubway

7pm - 449 Broadway – Main Library

Learn the basics of riding a bike in the city. This class takes place inside and is a presentation. No bike needed.

May 8 – Urban Cycling Basics

6pm – 119 Windsor Street

Learn the basics of riding a bike in the city. This class takes place inside and is a presentation. No bike needed.

May 10 – On-bike Training

2pm - at the Alewife T Station Bike Cage

Learn the basics of riding a bike, stopping, turning, and riding in the city. Bike needed.

(Childcare, interpretation and refreshments will be provided on May 8 and May 10).

RSVP to jlawrence@cambridgema.gov.

Thanks!