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Six Communities Awarded $4,000 Mass DOT Grant

EVERETT – Energize Everett and Mayor Carlo DeMaria, Jr. were pleased to recently announce their receipt of a $4,000 grant through the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Clean Air and Mobility Program. The grant will provide the city with funds to organize a number of walk/ride days to help reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality, and increase physical activity.

Everett was selected alongside five other communities, including Boston, Somerville, Medford, Cambridge, and Lynn with the overall goal of “impacting a high number of people commuting in the Greater Boston area”.

The Green Streets Initiative is “a monthly community-wide party, which celebrates ‘green’ transportation, gives people an opportunity to make community connections, and promotes a festive local atmosphere”.

The Energize Everett program is looking to collaborate with residents, retailers, and organizations to promote healthy, car-free commuting through monthly walk/ride days. Current partners include the Joint Committee for Children’s Healthcare in Everett and the Everett Public Schools.

Walk/Ride Days will take place on the last Friday of every month.  Participants are asked to walk, bike, skate, or use public transit to get to work or school and wear green to promote the program. Officials are asking schools and businesses to celebrate by offerring special incentives, raffles, and other rewards.

Upcoming Walk/Ride Days currently planned in the City of Everett:

  • October 28,2011
  • November 25, 2011
  • December 30, 2011
  • January 27, 2012
  • February 24, 2012
  • March 30, 2012
  • April 27, 2012
  • June 29, 2012
  • July 27, 2012

Businesses and individuals interested in collaborating may contact Energize Everett at (617) 389-3365 or Energize.Everett@ci.everett.ma.us. For further details on the Cambridge-based, grassroots initiative please visit www.GoGreenStreets.org

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