Sustainable Somerville Network

The following lists Somerville organizations whose work directly or indirectly address climate change by  reducing our reliance on fossil-fuels and increasing community resilience and health. (alphabetical listings with keywords, followed by target areas groupings)

Friends of the Community Path
is extending the Bike and Walking Community Path to Boston, connecting to the surrounding paths that the Friends support and other groups are working on

Groundwork Somerville -- to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment through the development of community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being (Keywords: green spaces, food, youth, green jobs, alternative transportation)

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Holistic Design and Space Planning
  assists clients in achieving a healthful living space and a balanced lifestyle while minimizing their personal impact on the Earth and its natural resources. Has designed a deep-energy retrofit home in Somerville

The Somerville Community Growing Center  The Somerville Community Growing Center garden is a place for people of all ages and backgrounds to gather, learn, and celebrate, to grow community. It provide a hands-on learning environment for local youth to learn about the natural world, science, community service and cultural issues

Somerville Community Health Agenda is an innovative partnership between Cambridge Health Alliance, Somerville Health Department and the community that facilitates collaborative community processes to improve the health of Somerville residents.

Metro Pedal Power offers eco-friendly solutions for last mile delivery in urban areas.  Our emissions-free pedal-trucks work in all weather, carrying up to 500 lbs.  We provide route delivery and on-call trucking services for local businesses such as printers, dry cleaners, caterers, schools, florists, local farms, retail stores and others.

The MA Outdoor Volunteer Experience organizes reflective farm-volunteer workdays for diverse groups throughout the Boston area, to connect folks with the social and natural systems that sustain us daily

Mystic River Watershed Association
works to protect and restore the Mystic River, its tributaries and watershed lands for the benefit of present and future generations and to celebrate the value, importance and great beauty of these natural resources

Mystic View Task Force
exists to increase understanding among Somerville, Massachusetts, residents about how each choice that we make regarding land use, real estate development, transportation infrastructure, public health, and housing affordability creates the future that we are building for ourselves and the environment in which we will live.

Ocean R
iver Institute helps people and groups make a difference where they live and work through environmental stewardship and science

Somerville Community Access TV (SCAT)  serves the community through production of PSA’s, various staff-facilitated programs, and coverage of community events, meetings, and political forums

Shape Up Somerville
  helps people increase daily physical activity and healthy eating through programming, physical infrastructure improvements, and policy work

Somerville Community Corporation  maintains diversity and preserving affordability in Somerville by building and preserving housing, organizing for necessary policies and funding, and giving residents the financial skills they need to survive

Somerville Local First
- builds a robust Somerville economy and a vibrant community

Sustainable Business Leader Program - meets the unique needs & challenges of local businesses in their pursuit to become more environmentally sustainable

Somerville Voices keeps Somerville better informed about important community issues and events through independent media of high journalistic integrity, produced by and for people who live or work here; and to promote an open forum for broad-based dialogue.

Sustainable Transportation Equity Partnership (STEP)   is a community group decicated to improving transportation in Somerville by advocating for the Green Line extension, a more livable city, and public health issues.  

The Welcome Project strengthen civic and community life in Somerville by diminishing racism and empowering the city's refugee and immigrant groups

Union Square Farmers Market showcases Massachusetts grown produce, greens, fruits and berries, seedlings, herbs, fresh cut flowers and baked goods

Biking, Walking, and Public Transportation:
Friends of the Community PathExtending the Bike and Walking Community Path to Boston
Shape Up Somerville 
Sustainable Transportation Equity Partnership (STEP)  -    STEP is a community group dedicated to improving transportation in Somerville, MA.
We advocate for the Green Line extension,a more livable city, and public health issues.

Metro Pedal Power - Bicycle-powered delivery services

Energy-Use in Buildings:

Deep-energy retrofits:

Local Food:
Farmer's Markets:  Union Square    Davis Square
Groundwork Somerville School Gardens Program

Local Living Economy:
Somerville Local First
Sustainable Business Leader Program
Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston