Catalyst Convening sample

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 11:00pm

Join in the Springfield library to discuss efforts to center Just Transition.

Western Massachusetts pop-up office

Monday, April 13, 2020 (All day) to Thursday, April 16, 2020 (All day)

Mon. 2/17  9:00am-12:00pm - Great Barrington, MA
Mon 2/17. 1:00-4:00pm - Pittsfield, MA
Tues 2/18  10:00am-4:00pm - Springfield, MA
Weds. 2/19  10:00am-4:00pm - Northhampton, MA
Thurs.. 2/20  9:00am-1:00pm - Greenfield, MA

Fracked Gas, PCBs, and Our Health

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

 Sandra Steingraber, renowned ecologist and author will speak
about how PCBs, fracked gas, and pipelines are impacting ecological and human
health at 5 PM at Lenox High School, 197 East Street, Lenox, MA. Steingraber brings a
clear, passionate voice to the complex evidence of biology.
Dr. Steingraber's 1997 book Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation
of Cancer and the Environment changed the way we think about toxic chemicals and
their connections to cancer. Living Downstream was based on by Steingraber's
personal journey as a cancer survivor and her career as a scientist. In 2010 the book
was released as a film.
Steingraber has written extensively about topics ranging from climate change and toxic
chemical exposure to developmental and reproductive disorders.
Steingraber's other works include Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of
Environmental Crisis, Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood, and Post
Diagnosis. She also is featured in the recent documentary “Unfractured” as an activist
speaking out about the environmental risks of fracking.
PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls) are the toxic chemical that pollutes the Housatonic
River and has contaminated the food chain of the earth. Fracked gas and the pipelines
carrying that gas have been on the frontline of environmental debates as severe
dangers to the environment.
The presentation begins at 5 PM and will be followed by a question and answer period,
as well as a book-signing.

Tim Gray | Housatonic River Initiative (HRI)
[email protected] | (413) 243-3353
Elizabeth Orenstein | Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)
[email protected] | (413) 717-1255



A Plastic Ocean - screening of the award winning documentary

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

The film’s message raises the awareness of plastic pollution and the existing solutions.
Today, more than 8 million tons of plastic pollution enter our oceans. It is time to take action!
Create #AWaveofChange is an awareness and social action campaign that will accompany the release of A Plastic Ocean. Through audience engagement with global and national calls to action, the campaign aims to raise awareness, funding, and social change by activating millions of people to rethink plastic.

Hunt's Farm Open Barn - FREE Community Event

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Free community event. There will be many local products to taste from grilled cheese and ice cream to apples and honey! There will also be photo opportunities the whole family can enjoy. The Hunt family will be joined by the Red Apple Farm, Follow the Honey, and NQTA.

The Moth Ball Caterpillars, moths, and cake – oh my!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm

PLYMOUTH – Ever see a caterpillar that mimics a snake, dresses up in a flower costume, or can inflate their tails or horns to frighten off hungry predators? Come to the Moth Ball and you will. 
Think your children would like to make their own wings, transform themselves into a beautiful moth with a little face painting, or humanely capture, study, identify and release live moths? Come to the Moth Ball and you can! 

On July 26 the Peabody Pavilion  at the Plimoth Plantation will be the site of the Pine Barrens Alliance’s 4th Annual Moth Ball. 
From 7 to 11 p.m. that Wednesday night – in the middle of the worldwide celebration of Moth Week – the Caterpillar Lab of Keene, New Hampshire is bringing an amazing assortment of charismatic creatures of the night to the Plantation, and supervising the capture and identification of live moths as well.  
Guests that night will also enjoy the food that lepidopterists love to eat; cake, popcorn, and root beer floats of course! 
Join us for a night of food, fun, magnificent moths and charismatic caterpillars! 

Tickets are available at or at the pavilion that night for just $5 each; $10 for a family (up to five); Plimoth Plantation members receive a 50% discount. 


Conference: Highly Fluorinated Compounds – Social and Scientific Discovery

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 8:00pm to Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 5:00pm

This two-day conference in Boston will address the social, scientific, political, economic, and environmental health issues raised by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). It will examine both ubiquitous exposure in consumer products and discrete historic and recent contamination discoveries in drinking water and soil around the world.

RootSkills Conference (Manchester, NH)

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 12:00pm to Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 3:00pm

Join fellow community organizers, nonprofit leaders, Grassroots Fund grantees, and passionate students on November 30 - December 2 at Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH for the annual RootSkills Conference, as part of the Grassroots Fund's 2017 RootSkills Training Series. This year's series theme is "Building Resilient Communities". We welcome you to learn, share, & work together to develop actionable, holistic strategies that create more inclusive communities & programs. At this event, we’ll be grappling with tough questions, sharing inspiring solutions, and looking to hear from YOU!

Diving into Data: A Performance Measurement Workshop

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Measuring programmatic success is a challenge faced by foundations of all sizes. In the last Boston local engagement group (LEG) meeting, we explored collaborating with grantees on impact. In this next program, we will take a deeper dive into performance measurement, working together in a roundtable format on case studies addressing how funders can learn with grantees. Participants will examine and discuss real life examples and leave with new ideas to tackle their own work. Participants will be encouraged to submit key problems of practice in advance for group discussion and analysis.No prerequisite is required. 

Julia Gittleman, PhD. is a principal of Mendelsohn, Gittleman & Associates, LLC (MGA), a small consulting firm that specializes in program evaluation, performance management strategies, best practice research and strategic planning for non-profit, community-based organizations. Through her work at MGA, Julia has designed and implemented systems and solutions for measuring performance, providing technical assistance, coaching, strategies, tools and reporting processes. In undertaking this work, Julia has drawn on her background as a direct service provider, and as an organizational leader designing, managing and evaluating programs in the nonprofit sector. 

This program is coordinated by the members of Exponent Philanthropy’s Boston Local Engagement Group (LEG). The Boston LEG, started in 2016, brings together area funders for shared learning, networking and collaboration opportunities.  We welcome philanthropy of every shape and size to join us as we engage together to bring excellence to our work. You do not have to be a member of the LEG to participate in this event. Want to learn more about this or other local programs? Contact Nikki Hilgert by email or at 202-580-6569.

Eco-tour: Heritage Museum & Gardens - Green Parking Solutions and More

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Heritage Museums & Gardens is a premiere public garden featuring 100 acred of beautifully landscaped gardens, nature trails, and special exhibits in the museum galleries. The entrance to this historic property has recently been redesigned to create a green parking area, offering a more beautiful entrance for visitors and much-needed stormwater infrastructure. Join ELA and Horsley-Witten project lead to learn more about the unique stormwater solutions in the entrance gardens and parking lot project and be treated to a guided walking tour through the Heritage Gardens to learn experience the beauty and learn about the many sustainable initiatives underway at the gardens.      Read more and register.

Eco-tour: Lush, Lovely, and Lawn-Free Gardens

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

There is an exciting new trend in ecological landscape design lawn-free gardens. The incentives are many: lower maintenance, water conservation, reduced fertilizer/chemical use, increased biodiversity/habitat, and the greatest incentive - the stunning diversity of gardens!
Landscape designer, Carol Spitzer has been designing lawn-free gardens for many years and invites you to join her on a unique walking tour in Brookline Village to visit three different front yards where the existing lawns were removed and replaced with shrubs, perennials, groundcovers, and walkways.    Read more and register.

Designing a Garden for All Seasons

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

How do you both captivate people and provide for wildlife year-round in a garden for all seasons? Presented by Anna Fialkoff, she will guide you through the type of design that focuses your plant palette on structure and seasonal themes that carry you through the year. Afterwards join Anna on a walk through The Garden in the Woods to hear about how the horticulture team took on this question in the Curtis Woodland and Old Meadow designs.    Read more and register.

Eco-tour: Fuller Brook Park Streambank Restoration

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

After many decades of intense stream management (including straightening, deepening, and widening; lining portions of the stream edge with concrete; and mowing the streambanks), Fuller Brook and the surrounding area had become degraded from erosion, invasive species, and insufficient maintenance.  With the Fuller Brook Park Preservation Project, the Town restored the stream, wetlands, and parkland to a more natural environment, improving water quality and habitat, increasing use, and enhancing park aesthetics.    Read more and register.

Class: Rain Garden Fundamentals

Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

As more land is developed for building, badly needed space for storm water absorption and cleaning is rapidly disappearing. Rain gardens can play a significant role in urban and suburban areas by cleaning, cooling, and slowing runoff so that it doesn't pollute water bodies. Learn how rain gardens work, how you can create a low-tech and effective rain garden, and which durable natives you should plant there.   Read more and register.

Eco-tour: Lincoln Park

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Join tour guide Miles Connors for a walking tour of Lincoln Park. The story of Lincoln Park in Lexington MA is one of land reclamation on what historically was a town dump. Today it is an evolving and powerful statement about a community's ability to restore the landscape and create places of beauty and ecological value.   Read more and register.

NOFA Summer Conference

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 7:00am to Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 3:30pm

The Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Summer Conference is the community learning hub of the NOFA universe. We learn, we play, and we enjoy a weekend of skill building, inspiration and entertainment. It is our opportunity to get together and inspire one another during a family friendly weekend with people living the same lifestyle, holding the same vision and working respectively in many ways toward the same goals.

At the NOFA summer conference, you may learn as much across a lunch table as you will at workshops; solve your most pressing challenge in a chance discussion with a stranger; or create the spark that is going to be your next big idea. Children and Teens also have their own conference experience with a parade, workshops and activities that build their organic vision for the future.

We are currently gathering experts and innovators of various organic lifestyle practices that are proving, in real time, how their skillsets bring results. It is our goal to assemble the best educators we can find, and create the most vibrant, enjoyable learning environment we can possibly assemble to make the 2017 Summer Conference a powerful and transformative experience for all.

Perfecting Your Pitch

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

During this webinar, participants will learn step-by-step where to look for major donors, how to get a meeting, and how to make a compelling pitch to build money for your movement.

Building Resilient Communities Networking Night

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Participants will have a chance to network within social justice, community development, and environmental justice fields as well as learn more about educational and funding opportunities.

Highly Fluorinated Compounds – Social and Scientific Discovery

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 8:00am to Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 5:00pm

This two-day conference in Boston will address the social, scientific, political, economic, and environmental health issues raised by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). It will examine both ubiquitous exposure in consumer products and discrete historic and recent contamination discoveries in drinking water and soil around the world.   REGISTER

This conference will bring together scientists, government agency professionals, community-based organization leaders, national and regional environmental advocates, retail and industry representatives, journalists, and lawyers. In addition to plenary speakers and panels, there will be time for smaller discussions (e.g., community activism, waste management, journalism).

Dr. Linda Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, will be the keynote speaker. Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, will also be a speaker.

We hope to provide some financial support for community advocates to attend. If you are interested in applying for support, please email Stephanie at [email protected] with a little information about yourself and why you’d like to attend.

The conference is sponsored by the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (Northeastern University-Boston, MA), Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT) Superfund Research Program (Northeastern University-Boston, MA), Silent Spring Institute (Newton, MA), Testing for Pease (Portsmouth, NH), and Toxics Action Center (Boston, MA).


Equity in the food system - how what we are building and what we are fighting are inseparable in resistance

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 12:00pm

As the Northeast coordinates to build a regional food system, a central focus is on racial equity.  In communities all across the region, groups are working on food justice.  In this webinar, we will hear from 2 organizers: Isa Mujahid (CTCORE-Organize Now!, Bridgeport CT) and Heather Foran (Portland ME). Through their grassroots efforts in their communities, Heather and Isa both are actively transforming the New England food system and raising and reflecting on struggles, challenges and questions to guide future work. This webinar creates space to share some of the questions and reflections.  

EPA Appreciation Pop Up Rally

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 8:30am

Let's show EPA employees that we appreciate and celebrate their good work. Please join us, with signs in the spirit of thanks if you wish. Some ideas:

- Thank you EPA!
- Science matters
- Thanks for protecting our [air] [water] [health] [climate]
- Thanks for clean air
- Your work matters!

We'll greet employees as they arrive at work at the EPA Region 1 Office in downtown Boston, on Congress St. between Milk St. and Water St.

Co-sponsored by Mass Sierra ClubHEET (Home Energy Efficiency Team), and MA Interfaith Power & Light, Inc.

Democracy in the Shifting Political Landscape

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 8:30am to 10:00am

Boston philanthropic leaders and AGM invite you to join a discussion on democracy and civil liberties in this new political landscape. 
James Canales, President and Trustee, Barr Foundation
Kim Philbrick McCabe, Executive Director, The Klarman Family Foundation
Jocelyn Sargent, Executive Director, The Hyams Foundation
Orlando Watkins, Vice President for Programs, The Boston Foundation
Jeff Poulos, Chief Executive Officer, Associated Grant Makers

Issues of civil liberties, equity and race, immigrant and refugee populations, freedom of the press, counting the undercounted, voter rights, the repeal of ACA/Obamacare, tracking incidents of hate, policies impacting the sciences, climate and environment, proposals to eliminate agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for Humanities, and Public Broadcasting - these have all been raised leading up to and in the early days of the new federal administration. 

Attend this conversation to learn what your fellow funders and foundation leaders are doing and share your own updates and thinking on how this is or may be affecting your funding strategies, if at all. Also joining the conversation will be Phil Buchanan, President, Center for Effective Philanthropy. 

23rd ELA Conference – Sustaining The Living Landscape & Eco-Marketplace

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 8:00am to Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 5:15pm

March 8 includes:
* Two workshops: The Power of Plants and Artful Stormwater Design          
* Keynote speaker: Noel Kingsbury, international, master plantsman and author 
   Keynote Address: The Evolution of the Ecological Planting Design
March 9 features eight Sessions and four Idea Exchanges covering a range of ecological topics including:
* Landscapes as a Source of Environmental Change 
* The Art of Gardening -Techniques from Chanticleer            
* The Science of Soil Biology During Extended Drought   
* Native Grass and Wildflower Seeding
Immerse yourself in this two-day exploration of principles and practices that support the living landscape.

First Social Emergency Response Open!

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 5:00pm to Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 6:00pm

This pop-up space is co-led by artists & activists. Join us for creative action, healing, collective art making, performances and more!


6-7pm: Sheldon Scott, DC-based performance artist, "Artists' Responsibility In These Times"

7-8:30: Come bang a taiko drum! Join The Genki Spark in their interactive "Joy Bubble" intervention


4-5pm: Heal Flow Yoga with Ivor Edmonds from Taireiki Yoga

4-5:30pm Open Mic! Join us for dance performances by Smallie Michelle and McKersin Previlus, spoken word by Ashley Rose, Emceed by GaJah


12-1pm: Sheldon Scott, DC-based performance artist, "Artists' Responsibility In These Times"

1-2:30pm: Film screenin: Ovarian Psycos (radical women's bike crew in LA)
4 -5pm Yoga with Michelle Mendes

The following SERC weekend kicks off with a Black History Month special event:

Red Warrior & MAMA Ride For Resistance

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 9:00pm

The Red Warrior Society is made up of indigenous water protectors who were part of the Red Warrior Camp at Standing Rock, the first camp to utilize direct action to resist construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Mothers Against Meth Alliance has been fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline from the very beginning, while also fighting meth addiction on the Pine Ridge reservation. 

FANG is honored to be partnering with these groups, and grassroots groups across the region, to bring this tour to the Northeast. This is an amazing opportunity to hear from frontline water protectors who continuously put their bodies on the line to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Protecting People & Places: The Community Bill of Rights

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

RESIST WEBINAR -- This presentation will be a brief journey looking at how our current system of government and law have evolved to protect wealth and privilege over community self-government; we'll look at how corporations have received more rights and protections than those of you living in your community; and we'll look at how communities have pushed back against these oppressive structures to reclaim democratic self-government in the their communities.

The Ecological Landscape Alliance Presents: The 23nd Annual ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 8:00am to Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 5:00am

Looking for New Ideas? Solutions? Inspiration?
We all struggle with the problems of drought, flooding, plant diseases, and pests in our landscapes. Are there planting choices that we can make or methods of caring for soil and managing water that would help us create landscapes that are more resistant to these threats?

Join us for the 2017 ELA Conference as our speakers offer their suggestions and solutions to these questions and more.
March 8 includes:
* Two workshops: The Power of Plants and Artful Stormwater Design          
* Keynote speaker: Noel Kingsbury, international, master plantsman and author 
   Keynote Address: The Evolution of the Ecological Planting Design
March 9 features eight Sessions and four Idea Exchanges covering a range of ecological topics including:
* Landscapes as a Source of Environmental Change 
* The Art of Gardening -Techniques from Chanticleer            
* The Science of Soil Biology During Extended Drought   
* Native Grass and Wildflower Seeding
Immerse yourself in this two-day exploration of
principles and practices that support the living landscape.

Landscape Heroes: Carbon, Water, and Biodiversity

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Join the Ecological Landscape Alliance along with Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA/Mass), and the Organic Land Care (OLC) of NOFA/CT for a day-long carbon conference that offers practical tips and applications for how you can be part of the climate solution. Whether you are a gardening enthusiast, farmer, conservation/restoration specialist, or landscape professional, there are important choices and positive changes that you can make.

Whether you work to reduce compaction using biology, actively build soil carbon, increase soil biodiversity, or heal degraded landscapes, you will walk away with practical tips to apply to your own setting.

Featuring carbon expert, rancher, activist, and author Courtney White with his new book Two Percent Solutions for the Planet and Eric Toensmeier with his new book The Carbon Farming Solution. Additional carbon experts include Eric "T" Fleisher, Chip Osborne, Paul Wagner, and Bryan O'Hara. 

The synergy of many individuals taking small steps can result in big impacts! Don't miss this opportunity to become part of the carbon solution. Registration includes organic lunch. 

Boston Social Emergency Response Center - We are in a social emergency

Friday, January 27, 2017 - 9:30am to Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 6:00pm

This pop-up space is co-led by artists & activists. Join us for creative action, healing, collective art making, performances and more!

A complete listing of events, performances and workshops will be updated on our website:  And at

Future SERC locations include Atlanta, Orange (NJ), Iowa City, Los Angeles and more! To start a SERC near you, email us at [email protected].

If you're near Boston, come to our upcoming planning meeting:
Boston SERC Planning Meeting: Tuesday, 1/17, 5:30-7:30
New location: Dorchester Arts Collaborative
157 Washington St, Dorchester, MA 02121

Thanks to ALL the amazing volunteers who are helping us make this happen! 

North Quabbin Trails - Celebrate MLK Freedom Day

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

 You are invitated to come join NQTA, The Winchendon School, and local author Cambridge Poet Populist Emritas Toni Bee with Follow The Honey on this special event being held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. At this special event we will have Quest Speakers. (We feel that our guests are helping with our quest.) In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we hope thatyou also will join us in our quest to start the Freedom of Accessibility, Sociability, and Inclusivity for all. We will be having light refreshments and great conversation; and Freedom Chair live demos, all interested people are encouraged to attend and try out NQTA's new Freedom Chair.

Grassroots Funds: 2018 Resources and Funding Opportunities

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Are you a nonprofit or volunteer group who is interested in taking a more holistic approach to your community-based work? Or someone who is interested in receiving financial support for your community event, tool, or program? The New England Grassroots Environment Fund invites you to join our Executive Director, Julia Dundorf, on January 9, 2018, to learn about our Guiding Principles for strong community organizing that increases your impact and revenue. Julia will be joined by Program Director, Nakia Navarro and Program Manager, Ally Philip, who will share available opportunities for support from the Grassroots Fund, from grants to stipends to sponsorship. 

Become a HERS Rater with the NEHERS Alliance!

Monday, January 23, 2017 (All day)

The training includes: a brand new module to prepare students to take the Practical Simulation Exam;  all four RESNET Exam Fees- including the new Practical Simulation Exam ($600 total value); the Northeast HERS Training and Reference Manual ($100 value); a one-year Associate Membership in the Alliance ($50 value); 30 hours of online study; 5 days of classroom/field study; a thorough review of basic energy concepts; field experience with blower door testing and duct blasting; two of the five supervised ratings required by RESNET; and training on the latest version of rating software. Both online and classroom components are required for rater certification. Final registration deadline is January 13, 2017. For more information contact Betsy Ames at [email protected] or call/text 978-633-3013 or register online at Follow us on Facebook! Follow us on Linked In

Northeast Organic Farming Association - Winter Conference

Saturday, January 14, 2017 (All day)

Go deeper into your winter study sessions at the upcoming NOFA/Mass Winter Conference at Worcester State University on January 14th, 2017!  Our full program of adult, teen and children’s courses will be just what you need to prepare for your next growing cycle!

There will be a film series, a raffle and plenty of conversation to be had amongst the 1000 farmers, gardeners and activists working to create a more organic friendly world!  


Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 8:30am to 1:00pm

JOIN US whom are working to improve the quality of life
for residents of Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan and Hyde
Park. Learn about ongoing initiatives, new innovations strategies,
and get involved! This is OUR Community!
Food and child care will be provided.
The Perkins Community Center is ADA accessible

Using Social Media to Build Community Power

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

RESIST WEBINAR -- During this webinar, participants will learn how grassroots groups can use online organizing tactics to boost their campaign and build community power. We’ll learn how to think about online organizing as a simple extension of what you already do on the ground, and walk through which tools and tactics to use in different campaign scenarios. Toxics Action Center’s Communications Directorm Katelyn Parady, and 350NH Interim Coordinator, Griffin Sinclair-Wingate, will lead this webinar using recent examples from community groups organizing to create safer and more sustainable communities in New England. 

6th Soil & Nutrition Conference: Nature as Solution

Monday, December 5, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, December 6, 2016 (All day)

The Bionutrient Food Association (BFA;, whose mission is, "Increasing Quality in the Food Supply," is presenting the 6th BFA Soil & Nutrition Conference: Nature as Solution, December 4 - 6, 2016, at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Stockbridge, MA (, with a pre-Conference on Sunday, December 4, 2016

Farm to Institution Summit 2017 #F2ISummit

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 8:15am

The 2017 New England Farm to Institution Summit will bring together more than 500 people who are leveraging the power of schools, colleges and hospitals to transform our food system.

Sustainable Business for Food Fuel and Energy

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 8:00am to Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 5:00pm

This conference will heighten your awareness of the wasteful habits at all levels of today's society. Hopefully, we can change these harmful practices by presenting alternative systems that can restore our communities to a cleaner, healthier, and more affordable way of life.

This educational seminar will provide speakers who are experienced experts in their respective areas, and they will explain numerous technologies to our audience.
They will offer a better understanding of the many environmental benefits of their expertise, while creating awareness of profitable business and job opportunities currently available in this industry.
Addressing hobbyists to corporate size firms, the speakers will explain how these systems work well together, whether segregated single systems or unified integrated systems.
An elaboration of every size technology will be explored, so that consumers can benefit and contribute to a valuable, sustainable community cause.

Power and Process in the 'Hood

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Local leaders share strategies and explore possibilities for a real Peoples Redevelopment Authority. 

How Cities Work

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

From corner stores to condos - what we need to know about city planning. 


ReuseConex 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 8:00am to Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 2:30pm

The Greater Boston Region (Massachusetts, USA) has been selected as the host for ReuseConex 2016, the fourth International Reuse Conference and Expo. The event, taking place October 17-19, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill, will feature professional training opportunities with experts from the reuse industry as well reuse-based exhibitors, a reuse documentary film screening, and tours of local reuse organizations. This year’s conference theme is Leveraging REUSE in a Circular Economy,  which will focus on bringing real-world reuse practices to life.

New Economy Summit

Friday, November 18, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

The New Economy Summit to be held on Friday November 18th at Worcester State University will convene social entrepreneurs, social change practitioners, educational institutions, students, the business community, and others who share the goal of creating a just, equitable, and sustainable world.

This day-long event will serve as a powerful forum for making and strengthening connections, as well as building ongoing collaboration.  Participants will engage in various interactive activities designed to establish a regional network and support transformation related to social enterprise, social business, cooperatives, and enterprise-oriented nonprofit organizations.  Attendees will identify common challenges faced by local start-ups and brainstorm opportunities and next steps to resolve these and other challenges

New Economy Summit

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 8:15am

The New Economy Summit to be held on Friday November 18th at Worcester State University will convene social entrepreneurs, social change practitioners, educational institutions, students, the business community, and others who share the goal of creating a just, equitable, and sustainable world.

This day-long event will serve as a powerful forum for making and strengthening connections, as well as building ongoing collaboration.  Participants will engage in various interactive activities designed to establish a regional network and support transformation related to social enterprise, social business, cooperatives, and enterprise-oriented nonprofit organizations.  Attendees will identify common challenges faced by local start-ups and brainstorm opportunities and next steps to resolve these and other challenges

Strategic Nonprofit Communications

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 9:30am to 4:00pm

This Third Sector New England session will offer participants a Communications Strategy and Timeline, a draft of an Editorial Calendar for content creation and promotion, and multiple real-world examples from nonprofits kicking butt in their communications and marketing.

NOFA Summer Conference – August 12-14, Amherst, MA

Monday, July 18, 2016 - 12:15pm

Join people from across the Northeast and beyond for a three-day celebration of the grassroots organic movement. Here learning is a community action – with amazing farmers, presenters, seminars, workshops, food and fun. Immerse yourself with like-minded practitioners and curious learners eager to share their inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism, and beyond.

For more information, visit

The Resilience, Resistance & Regional Equity Convergence

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 9:15am

Across New England, a new world is being built. Grassroots activists motivated by their love for community and the planet are building resilient local communities, resisting fossil fuel projects, and making sure that all people can thrive now and into the future, regardless of race, class, income and more. On June 11 join a convergence of regional and local actors building this new world. You’ll connect with great people, hear stories and lessons to strengthen your work, help build the New England Resilience & Transition network, and get inspired! Stay tuned for the registration link.

Boston's 41st Annual Gardeners' Gathering

Saturday, March 26, 2016 (All day)

Now in its 41st year, the Gardeners’ Gathering has provided an annual forum for gardeners to shrug off the winter chill together and celebrate urban gardening in Boston. The Gardener’s Gathering brings together over 400 gardeners, along with expert presenters and local business and organizations.

We Are How We Eat: Lessons from Cuba on Building Community Through Food

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 7:00pm

What can we learn about food, people, and relationships from cultures such as Cuba’s? Join the Marion Institute for a conversation about best practices in sustainable, local agriculture and how that relates to building vital and active communities. This event will weave storytelling with presentations from a panel of speakers who are engaged in the future of community and farming both abroad and in our own backyard.

The panel will conclude with a moderated discussion and questions from the audience. Learn more here! 

2016 Cooperative Design Lab

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 12:30pm to Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 12:30pm

Cooperative Design Lab (CDL) is 9-month cooperative development program serving cooperative projects in any stage of formation. Originally a collaborative between the Resilience Hub, Cooperative Fermentation, and Cooperative Development Institute, Design Lab is now in its second year running and is the only program of its kind offered in the Northeast.

In CDL, participants will gain the knowledge, skills and capacity to start, operate, lead, and enliven a cooperative project. Through the course, participants will:

  • Go through a step-by-step process to make a cooperative project happen
  • Discern appropriate organizational structures for their project
  • Learn tools for cooperative leadership and management
  • Connect to mentors, coaching and technical assistance
  • Explore the role of cooperatives in building a resilient economy

2016 Spring Networking & Training Retreat

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 7:00pm to Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 4:30pm

Join fellow community volunteers, farmers, fisherpeople, teachers, and interested individuals for a day of trainings, designed especially for communtiy groups! Join us on May 7th for our Keynote Speaker, Leah Penniman, three food-focused workshops, and an afternoon of volunteering and connecting at Galego Community Farm.

Northeast Jam 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 (All day) to Monday, April 25, 2016 (All day)

It is with great excitement that we invite you to apply for the second annual Northeast Jam - a five day gathering of 30 dynamic and diverse changemakers for deep listening, learing, storytelling, systemic inquiry, and community building. 

Boston Area Solar Energy Association Forum: What Does Paris Mean To You?

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 9:00pm

Big news from Paris. The largest assemblage of heads of state opened the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), which surpassed expectations to deliver the historic Paris Agreement ("L'accord de Paris") to globally reduce climate change and sent a signal to investors that the closing of the fossil fuel era has begun.

What was it like to be there, to witness history? Paris, so horribly stricken, received a lift in spirit from the promise of this agreement, negotiated and adopted by consensus in France's greatest city.

Quinton Zondervan was there, our January 14th BASEA Forum speaker, and will tell us what it was like and what the U.S. agreed to.

Local Environmental Action Conference

Sunday, March 13, 2016 (All day)

Local Environmental Action 2016 is a great opportunity to join community leaders, environmental advocates and activists from across New England for an exciting day of skills training, networking, and inspiration. Whether you have been to every conference or are attending for the first time, be sure not to miss this amazing opportunity to connect and grow our grassroots movement.

Creating an Inclusive Food Movement

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

“What could an inclusive community garden, food forest, or permaculture project look like?" 
“How can we attract and retain members from different class, race, and gender backgrounds?”
“Why should we focus on creating a more just, equitable food system?”

This webinar is targeted towards community groups across New England that have asked themselves one or more of these questions. Facilitated by Shane Lloyd of Class Action, this webinar will help groups address the above questions, identify barriers that diminish their work and offer tools to build alliances for social change. We will also hear from groups working on the ground and learn from their first-hand experiences in this movement. 

This webinar is brought to you in partnership with our friends at the Vermont Community Garden Network.

Cooperative Economics and Movement Building

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 2:00pm

In this webinar we’ll explore strategies to connect and integrate cooperative economics with grassroots political power-building for a more just and sustainable economy. The panelists explore connections between community organizing and building models for the future that meet our own needs.

Co-ops 101

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 12:00pm

In Co-ops 101 we’ll hear stories from two inspiring worker-owned co-ops, CERO and Toxic Soil Busters, and a resident-owned housing co-op, RAISE-Op about their work, background and reasons for forming a co-op. Facilitator Jonathan Rosenthal, Executive Director of the New Economy Coalition and Co-founder of Equal Exchange will lead a discussion about the basic principles of cooperative ownership—what it entails and how it works, as well as an overview of different cooperative models, such as worker, consumer, and housing co-ops.

Northeast Climate Ride

Thursday, September 17, 2015 (All day) to Monday, September 21, 2015 (All day)

Join us on the Northeast Climate Ride and help us raise funds for grassroots sustainability initiatives throughout New England! From September 17th - 21st we'll be riding 390 miles along the beautiful North Atlantic coastline from Bar Harbor, ME to Boston, MA.

Restoring Water Cycles To Reverse Global Warming

Friday, October 16, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, October 18, 2015 (All day)

Good water management is a facet of good land management, Conference presenters will lead participants in carefully examining the water cycle, how we can have a dramatic positive influence on it, and in so doing successfully address drought, floods, soil health, food production and climate

Building a Stronger Cross-Class, Multiracial Grassroots Movement

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 9:30am to 4:00pm

"Does your group struggle with recruiting and retaining members from different class & race backgrounds?"
Co-sponsors: New England Resilience & Transition (NERT) networkVital CommunitiesVT Community Garden Network
This workshop builds on insights from the groundbreaking new book, "Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures," this highly participatory workshops, created by activists for activists, enables participants to look through a class lens at their own community work, and offers tools to build  alliances for change across race and class. 

Through this process, activists and community organizers can learn how to address class barriers that hamper their effectiveness and come together to win more gains. Participants will leave knowing how to:

  • Identify activist class culture differences;

  • Gain cultural competence to draw from the strengths of all class cultures;

  • Create an organizational culture that is fully welcoming and respectful of all race and class backgrounds;

  • Amplify the voices of people of color, working-class and poor activists to build stronger a stronger movement.

Launching a Solarize Campaign - Double the solar in your town in just 15 weeks

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 12:00pm

Solarize Upper Valley has helped residents in 24 towns go solar - over 300 residents to date and over 450 expected by the end of the year. What's the secret to their success? Join us to find out. We'll hear from Vital Communities, the nonprofit responsible for coordinating Solarize Upper Valley, as well as the volunteer-installer team who brought Solarize to Randolph, Brookfield, and Braintree last winter. Many communities are launching Solarize campaigns across the Northeast, yours could be next.


Sarah Simonds, Vital Communities

Kevin McCollister, Catamount Solar

Pete Thoenen, Randolph Energy Committee

Community Resilience Organizations (CROs) - A Pilot Program

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 12:00pm

Climate change. Superstorms. Power outages. Toxic spills. Fire. Our communities face ever-worsening disasters. Most towns have emergency response and hazard mitigation plans, but it’s impossible to anticipate everything. The best solution is to build resilience – the ability for community members to come together and solve whatever problems come their way. That involves work projects to lessen the impact of disasters, while also building self-reliance and stronger community connections.

Community Resilience Organizations (CROs) are local teams, appointed by the town legislative body, that engage residents and town leaders in tasks aimed to lessen losses via climate adaptation, disaster preparedness and hazard mitigation, while strengthening local collaboration and social cohesion. CROs build connections between the silos of passionate volunteers in conservation, emergency response and social services, bringing them together to build collaborative projects.  By  leveraging resources and gaining wider community participation, the impact is magnified. Through an annual Day for CROing, teams engage youth and the broader community to collaborate on critical projects that will make the town stronger and safer, while simultaneously including celebration to add fun and build community.

Join us to learn about this Vermont pilot project begun in six towns this year, and how it's working across a range of very different communities.

2015 Fall Networking & Training Retreat

Saturday, October 31, 2015 (All day)

Co-sponsor: New England Resilience & Transition (NERT) network
Join fellow community innovators & activists for a day of skills-sharpening, designed especially for the grassroots! Come celebrate community action, share stories, learn and reflect on different skills that make us successful. The RootSkills Networking & Training retreat is intended to re-invigorate us all, gives us a chance to reflect on our work, and work on the skills we need to be successful. It is also a great chance to connect with other community leaders, share ideas, and relax.

NESAWG's Annual Conferece

Friday, November 13, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, November 14, 2015 (All day)

The North-East Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG)'s annual It Takes a Region Conference takes on the 12-state Northeast region from Maine to West Virginia. By taking a regional approach, we can grow our thinking and our work to develop a truly sustainable and resilient food system.

Connecting for Change

Friday, October 23, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, October 24, 2015 (All day)

Connecting for Change presented by the Marion Institute is an annual solutions based gathering that brings together a diverse audience to create deep and positive change in their communities.

Slow Living Summit 2015 - Food, Mindfully

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 (All day) to Friday, June 5, 2015 (All day)

A mindful exploration of the journey of food, from farming and food entrepreneurship to food systems to nourishment to food justice and policy.

Local Environmental Action 2015

Sunday, March 15, 2015 (All day)

Local Environmental Action 2015 is a great opportunity to join community leaders, environmental advocates and activists from across New England for an exciting day of skills training, networking, and inspiration.

Working Together: A Workshop to Build Your Skills in Participatory Leadership

Saturday, November 1, 2014 (All day)

In this interactive workshop, join peers working in local energy, food, and other community-based initiatives in New Hampshire to learn practical, powerful techniques to: Develop shared vision and strategic clarity; Gather the input and ideas of many people; Connect and empower people working for change; and Learn together and adapt.

New England Environmental Justice Summit 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 5:00pm to Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 12:30pm

The Summit is a multi-day event where people from across New England working to achieve environmental justice will come together to share stories, build the regional environmental justice movement, and celebrate victories.

People's Climate March

Sunday, September 21, 2014 (All day)

With the whole world watching, people are taking a stand to bend the course of history. They’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

Sustainability Summit

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 9:00am

Join our friends at Coop Power at the 10th Annual Sustainability Summit, "On The Front Lines of Sustainability". The main themes will be sustainable energy solutions, green job development, green businesses development, and community finance.

Seeds & Songs of Change

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 6:00pm

Seeds & Songs of Change - A musical event to illustrate the intersection of music and social change; an opportunity to honor all the local groups the Fund has partnered with over the past 18 years; a good bye to Founding Director, Cheryl King Fischer; and a welcome to the Fund’s next ED.


Friday, October 3, 2014 - 9:00pm

This event brings together passionate and inspiring leaders who work collaboratively on social, economic and environmental initiatives that strengthen organizations and communities.

Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference

Monday, May 19, 2014 (All day) to Wednesday, May 21, 2014 (All day)

Antioch University New England and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regions 1 and 2 are hosting a regional conference for local planners, decision-makers and educators to understand how to create healthy resilient communities that are better prepared to handle severe weather and climate impacts.

Mass Land Conservation Conference

Saturday, March 22, 2014 (All day)

This annual, day-long training and networking event provides land trust board members and staff, parks administrators and advocates, colleagues from federal, state and local government agencies, students, land owners, philanthropists and others an opportunity to participate in a full day of workshops and discussions that focus on fostering healthy communities in MA through land conservation. Join your colleagues in land conservation and acquire the information, skills, and connections you need to be most effective.

39th Annual Gardeners Gathering

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 11:00am

Do you love to garden? Join over 400 community and backyard gardening enthusiasts for a full day of lectures, demos and hands-on workshops. Learn how to keep bees, grow mushrooms, plan your garden and more. Plus, the perennially popular community garden awards will honor Bostonians who've made extraordinary contributions to our gardening community. Join the Boston Natural Areas Network for this special event!

National Gathering for the New Economy Movement

Friday, June 6, 2014 (All day) to Sunday, June 8, 2014 (All day)

Bringing together a diverse group of the New Economy’s most energetic thinkers, practitioners, and newcomers. The gathering will share practices, tools, and stories; highlight achievements; and create an environment that propels existing work and powerful innovations forward.

2014 Local Environmental Action Conference

Sunday, March 2, 2014 (All day)

The events bring together more activists, community leaders, and experts. Participants are able to meet other activists and citizens just like them, working to tackle the same issues. You'll take part in interactive workshops covering the hottest environmental issues.

Community Stories

PEP Talks

CROs Take Flight

Community Resilience Organizations (CROs) are local teams that engage residents and town leaders in climate adaptation, disaster preparedness and hazard mitigation, while strengthening local collaboration and social cohesion.

The Strategic Energy Action Toolkit

The Strategic Energy Action Toolkit is an open-source resource developed by the New England Grassroots Environment Fund and Vital Communities, in collaboration with the New Hampshire Local Energy Solutions Work Group and the New England Local Energy Network, with funding support from Jane&r


Climate Ready Boston

The Climate Ready Boston initiative will develop resilient solutions to prepare our City for climate change. This report is an important tool to guide our decisions that will impact how we adapt to a changing climate in Boston. This report includes updated climate change projections for our region, a comprehensive vulnerability assessment of Boston, and recommended solutions to protect our city, while continuing to make Boston a thriving, healthy, and innovative city.

Steve's Weave

Steve's Weave is the first-ever green listings website.

There's never been a recognized place for the entire green community to get together – and Steve's Weave intends to become that place.  A place where we can gather the incomparable energies of green advocates – energies greater than anything coming out of the ground, any day – and use them to do great things.  

At Steve's Weave you can:

Community Resilience Self-Assessment Tool

This self-assessment was designed to help community members, local leaders and volunteers to think and talk deeply about their community’s resilience strengths, challenges and priorities. It is also designed to help communities learn about different aspects of resilience and track their progress over time. 

Food Solutions New England

Food Solutions New England (FSNE) is a regional, collaborative network organized around a single goal: to transform the New England food system into a resilient driver of racial equity and food justice, health, sustainable farming and fishing, and thriving communities.

A community-of-practice that is made up of fisherman, organizers, researchers, and consumers from across North America that are committed to providing local, healthful, low-impact, and economy sustainable seafood via community supported fisheries (CSFs) and other direct marketing arrangements.

50 by 60 - A New England Food Vision

A bold vision, put forth by members of Food Solutions New England, that calls for the New England region to build the capacity to produce at least 50% of clean, fair, just and accessible food for all New Englanders by 2060. Grassroots groups have used the food vision to provide context for their local work and to replicate some of the research pieces at the micro-level as the inform their own planning efforts. 

Ron Finley - guerilla gardener TED Talk

Grassroots groups have used this video as a starting point for meetings and as inspiration to show how local food activity can spark deep impact a the local level. Ron Finley’s vision for a healthy, accessible “food forest” started with the curbside veggie garden he planted in the strip of dirt in front of his own house. When the city tried to shut it down, Finley’s fight gave voice to a larger movement that provides nourishment, empowerment, education - and healthy, hopeful futures - one urban garden at a time.

Repair Cafe

Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). The website offers tools and tips as well as a world map of communities who have started their own repair cafes

Putting the Community Back in Community Shared Solar

Putting the Community Back in Community Shared Solar is a guide document outlining the different options for community shared solar and their associated costs and benefits. This guide was created by the NELEN Community Shared Solar Task Force in order to address the lack of public information and understanding about the different models available for community shared solar projects.

Community Resilience 101

On Thursday, October 16, 2014 the Grassroots Fund co-produced a webinar with New England New Economy Transition about “community resilience.” We discussed how we can all live well now and into the future, given the challenges of a hurting economy, climate change, resource shortages, and political paralysis.

Slow Money Maine

Slow Money Maine is building a network of individuals, philanthropists, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government entities who are focused on investing in farms and fisheries, and the ecosystems that sustain them as a means of growing local food systems, economies and community.  SMM is a chapter of Slow Money National.  Resources are available for groups interested in peer-to-peer lending, investment clubs and creative financing.

Safe Routes to School

The National Center for Safe Routes to School programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school. Program tools offer direct steps to help improve the walkabilty of a community.

New England Solar Challenge

The foundation of SmartPower's New England Solar Challenge is the Solarize model utilizing key elements that include: 1) town-supported outreach and education, 2) pre-selected solar installer, 3) discount pricing, and 4) a clear end date.

Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET)

HEET’s core service is organizing free energy-upgrade work-parties to teach hands-on skills to volunteers. These work-parties take place in the buildings of non-profits such as food pantries, churches and community centers.

Co-op Power

Co-op Power has created an innovative structure that enables communities to create community-owned clean energy products and services, businesses and jobs. All Community Scale business developments are created, decided upon, and supported by members in a Local Organizing Council.

South Coast Energy Challenge

The SouthCoast Energy Challenge is an easy path to energy efficiency and saving money. It starts with registration and signing up for a free home energy assessment.   After a Home Energy Assessment, a simple and easy roadmap is created to help towards saving money, energy, and together reducing regional CO2 emissions.

Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEAL)

Through a network of partner organizations SEEAL mobilizes community resources and increases capacity for environmental education programs and activities. SEEAL has designed and executed environmental education and stewardship activities for the youth of New Bedford, and for all residents in the watersheds throughout Southeastern Massachusetts, including Buzzards Bay, Taunton River, Jones River, and Westport River.

Jennifer Marshall (Director)
[email protected]
(508) 493-4343

Toxics Action Center

Toxics Action Center works side-by-side with communities, providing organizers with the skills and resources needed to prevent or clean up pollution at the local level. The organization train neighbors to not only defend their health and safety, but to think strategically and come together for change.

Sylvia Broude (Executive Director)
[email protected]
(617) 747-4407

For additional contact information, click here.

Neighboring Food Co-op Association

The Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) includes over 30 food co-ops and start-up initiatives in New England that are working together toward a shared vision of a thriving regional economy, rooted in a healthy, just and sustainable food system and a vibrant community of co-operative enterprise.

Salvation Farms

Salvation Farms utilizes local resources, skills and knowledge to create strong partnerships across industries and sectors and effectively move surplus food from farms to those who need it. The organization is available to assist community gleaning efforts in Vermont and across New England.

Boston Natural Areas Network

Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) works to preserve, expand and improve urban open space through community organizing, acquisition, ownership, programming, development and management of special kinds of urban land - community gardens, urban wilds and greenways. BNAN staff is available as a technical resource to community gardeners in the Greater Boston area.

League of American Bicyclists

The League is blazing the trail for bicycle transportation law and education nationally. Folks who are going to be leading kids, large group rides, or are just trying to be confident riders individually can get training from The League. They also offer liability insurance and board/officer insurance for bicycle education organizations.

Guide to Going Local

The Center for a New American Dream and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) have joined forces to publish this Guide to Going Local. It's full of ideas and advice on how to strengthen the local economy in your town: through buying local, highlighting new entrepreneurs, instilling local pride, investing locally, and more.

Stages and Challenges of Group Development

This PDF describes one model of the way that many groups develop and the problems and challenges that are likely to arise at various stages. It encourages leaders to assess where their own organizations stand, among the stages and helps them judge which of the challenges they’re currently facing are “developmentally determined,” as it were, and what challenges they may expect in the future.

Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance

NAMA is a fishermen-led organization working at the intersection of marine conservation and social, economic, and environmental justice.
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