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Looking for a Few Green People !
Are you interested in helping Lowell’s restaurants be more sustainable?

Do you want to get more involved in the community? Well, come and join us!

The Lowell Green Restaurant Program has a couple of vacancies on our Board and we’re looking for people with a passion for supporting more sustainable business practices and making Lowell a sustainable city.
 If you’re interested, please email                                           


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2013 


BOSTON (December 16, 2013) – Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum announced that Mill City Grows is one of five “Social Innovators” it has selected for 2013-2014, its 10th program year. Mill City Grows is representing the Sustainability in Our Communities track sponsored by the Schrafft Charitable Trust. As a Social Innovator, Mill City Grows will receive access to cash and capacity-building services over the next 24 months from Root Cause and its partners valued at more than $135,000.

“Mill City Grows is honored to be one of Root Cause’s Social Innovators! This opportunity will allow us to strengthen our work and learn from an incredible community that has helped over 60 organizations create meaningful social change. We believe that with Root Causes’ support and capacity-building services, we will be able to take our work to the next level,” said Lydia Sisson, Co-Director of Mill City Grows.

Evaluation and interview committees made up of more than 70 social issue experts from the business, government, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors reviewed upwards of 100 applications to select the winners – all of which are at an exciting inflection point and have compelling missions, strong leadership and vision, a desire to improve, and growth potential.

Below is the list of Social Innovators, along with the designated social issue track and the track’s sponsoring partner.

●      Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring

Track: Anything Goes- Innovative, Effective, and Sustainable Approaches to Our Region’s Toughest Social Issues

Sponsoring Partner: Boston Open Impact

●      Coaching for Change

Track: Youth in Gateway Cities: Investing in Young People, Revitalizing Communities

Sponsoring Partner: Amelia Peabody Foundation

●      Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc.

Track: Breaking Down Barriers to Effective Mental Health Services

Sponsoring Partner: Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund – General Fund

●      Mill City Grows

Track: Sustainability in Our Communities: Building Greener and Healthier Cities

Sponsoring Partner: Schrafft Charitable Trust

●      Veterans Legal Services

Track: Expanding Opportunities and Improving Services for Veterans in Massachusetts

Sponsoring Partner: Highland Street Foundation

In addition to consulting, executive coaching and other in-kind services, Mill City Grows also will receive long-term support from Social Innovation Forum staff on performance tracking and relationship building, as well as opportunities to participate in various networking events and become part of the Social Innovation Forums’s growing circle of nonprofit, business, government, and foundation leaders. The Social Innovators will present their work to leaders from the local public, private and nonprofit sectors at Root Cause’s 11th Annual Social Innovator Showcase on May 7, 2014.

The Social Innovation Forum is Root Cause’s demonstration of how resources can be allocated based on performance to accelerate progress on social issues. Since 2004, it has directed close to $14 million in cash and in-kind support to 59 Social Innovators and Impact Entrepreneurs.

About Mill City Grows

Mill City Grows fosters food justice in the city of Lowell by improving physical health, economic independence, and environmental sustainability through increased access to land, locally-grown food, and education. Our goal is to increase community access to healthy, fresh food through the development of urban food production and distribution networks. For more information, please visit http://www.millcitygrows.org

About Root Cause

Root Cause is a nonprofit provider of high-impact and strategic consulting and research services for mission-driven organizations nationwide. Over the past 10 years, Root Cause has improved the performance of nonprofit, public and philanthropic institutions to create enduring social change. For more information, please visit http://www.rootcause.org


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The City’s former landfill, once affectionately nicknamed Mount Trashmore, has gone green.

Solar panels atop the City's former landfill.

Solar panel installation nears completion atop the City’s former landfill.

Nearly six acres at the top and along the flanks of the mini-mountain in the Highlands have been covered with solar panels that will begin producing low cost, green energy to the City by early 2014.

Since being closed and capped, the landfill area has provided shed and open storage for salt, mulch, gravel and other materials for the Department of Public Works.  The new panels will not impact the Public Work’s use of this area.

The panels were installed under a power purchase agreement through the City’s Ameresco project.  Once complete they will produce 1.5 megawatts of clean electricity atop an area that was anything but clean.

Solar panels have also been installed and are currently producing electricity at the Water Utility on Pawtucket Boulevard and the Wastewater Utility facility on First Street as well as the Lowell Memorial Auditorium and four public schools.

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130909 Public mtg notice

A public meeting will be held in the Mayor’s Reception Room (at City Hall) on September 17th, starting at 6:00, to present and discuss the 25% designs of the restoration of two-way traffic patterns in downtown. The City’s consulting engineers from Nelson Nygaard and TEC will make a presentation on restoring two-way traffic flow on Merrimack, Market, Central, and Shattuck Streets as well as the extensive traffic analysis they have conducted during their feasibility study.

The City is keenly interested in hearing from Downtown stakeholders to help refine and improve the design, prior to bidding this winter and construction following in the spring/summer of 2014.

Please contact Traffic Engineer Eric Eby with any questions (including special accomodations) about this meeting at (978)674-4252 or eeby@lowellma.gov

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The City of Lowell has an open seat on the Conservation Commission. The Conservation Commission is responsible for overseeing the protection of wetlands, riverbanks, and wildlife as defined by the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and City Wetlands Ordinance (Ch. 280, Sec. 1-13). Projects either directly in a resource area (ex. Floodplain) or within a certain distance of a resource area (ex. within 100 feet of wetlands) can be subject to Commission review. The level of review from the Commission generally varies upon the size and scale of the proposed project, as well as the affected resource area.

If you would like to volunteer to contribute to how your City looks and operates, please consider serving your City on the Conservation Commission.

Contact Lynda Clark at (978) 674-1001 or lclark@lowellma.gov for further details.

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2013 Drop off Event Flyer


Drop off your old electronics for environmentall safe recycling!  This Saturday, August 24th, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, you can swing by Cawley Stadium to drop anything from old TVs and Computer Monitors to Cell Phones and Palm Pilots.  See flyer for more details.

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Pizza GuyThe Lowell Solid Waste and Recycling Office (DPW) http://www.LowellRecycle.org recently completed a successful Mass DEP Grant funded program which included the production of a short, educational video entitled “Pizza Guy”.

For the last 18 months, Bill Stanwood, the mandatory recycling enforcement coordinator, has been conducting outreach, inspections and education across the City’s neighborhoods to show how easy recycling can be. Inspections primarily focused on ensuring residents were properly participating in dual-stream recycling and complying with closed trash cart lids. Door hangers, flyers and stickers were placed on material that was not set out correctly. Thousands of carts and bins were ‘tagged’ and photo-documented, roughly 200 offenders received second warnings and three-dozen addresses received citations after a third finding of non-compliance.

Pizza Guy aka Recycling Guy highlights the benefits and ease of recycling.

Pizza Guy aka Recycling Guy highlights the benefits and ease of recycling.

Grant funded efforts have shown impressive results. In 2012, trash tonnage was reduced by 850 tons, saving $61,200 in disposal costs.

As part of the grant’s multi-media outreach and education campaign, the DEP provided funding for a the “Pizza Guy” video. The video highlights the simplicity and fiscal benefits of curbside recycling and was produced by Lowell Telecommunications (LTC). Marc Duci and Steve Brogan of LTC worked with Bill to create a script and record the educational video.

The City of Lowell is grateful for everyone’s efforts and input in making this program a success. You can catch “Pizza Guy” streaming on LTC’s channel 99, watch it on demand on the Solid Waste & Recycling Office’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/lowellrecycling/videos or use this link to go directly to the video: http://youtu.be/5kBE1FVUbEI.

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