Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Does Lexington make it easy for you to live an earth-friendly lifestyle? What do you wish was different?
Towns across the country are getting new recycling centers, giving away rain barrels and installing parking meters with solar panels. Here at Patch, we want to know: What makes Lexington "green?" You know, other than the Green. Is it the Sustainable Lexington initiatives or electric vehicle charging stations? The votes at Town Meeting last week to approve a climate change resolution and bylaw amendments to make municipal solar installations more feasible? Also, Bill McKibben's from here. Just sayin'. TELL US: What does Concord do to help you go green? Do you use any resources from the town to stay green? Share in the comments below.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Amanda Palmer’s in the lineup for TED 2013, but which Lexington native, past or present, would you like to see deliver a TED Talk?
Lexington native and pioneering artist Amanda Palmer will be one of the 70 speakers at the TED 2013 conferences, entitled “The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered.” According to Palmer’s microbio on the TED website, the “alt-rock icon … believes digital content should be free, and that artists should be directly supported by fans via a ‘patronage’ model.” A musician who gained fame with the Dresden Dolls, Palmer grabbed headlines recently for the über-successful Kickstarter campaign for her latest musical project. Her upcoming TED talk could in some form delve into crowdsourcing and sharing on the Internet. But TED talks famously cover all subjects, featuring innovators and influentials with “ideas worth spreading.” Diverse as they are, …
Monday, March 26, 2012
The noted author and environmentalist tells audience “we have to confront energy industry directly” to effect climate change.
While last week’s off-the-charts warm temperatures had people across the region and country giddy at the opportunity to open their windows, break out their sandals and take in the sun’s rays, author and environmentalist Bill McKibben’s reaction to the surplus of late-winter heat was somewhat more reserved. “I know everyone enjoyed the heck out of the fine weather last week, and I did too,” McKibben said. “But I felt weird about enjoying it, (knowing) how astonishing it was by what margins we were breaking (temperature) records.” McKibben, a Lexington native, spoke to a full auditorium at Weston High School on March 25 as part of the Congregational Church of Weston’s Victor Harnish Memorial Lecture Series, telling audience members that …
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
LHS graduates hear from a famous alum.
Bill McKibben leaned his lanky frame against the podium at Lowell’s Paul Tsongas Arena last Sunday afternoon and told all 474 graduates he knew what they were thinking. Most likely, he did. McKibben isn’t just America’s leading environmentalist, writer, professor and the founder of a worldwide environmental initiative. He graduated from Lexington High School 33 years earlier and, like these students, warmed a seat listening to speakers at his own graduation. “Brevity is the soul of these occasions,” he told the crowd. He was brief, but during his speech shared with the graduates some of his high school accomplishments and his hopes for their future. “The feature of the world that changed most in 33 years is the Internet,” said McKibben. “…