The Environmental Issue

The Environmental Issue is one that I’ve been excited to put together for some time. It’s a subject that has become increasingly important to me, and as I look around at my neighbors in Cambridge and Somerville, I can tell it is on their minds as well.

We want to use this issue as an opportunity to celebrate the work our neighbors and local businesses are doing to hold themselves accountable regarding their treatment of the environment. What we’ve found is quite exciting.

Longleaf Lumber helps keep beautiful old wood in our homes and shops rather than in our landfills (p.16). Savenor’s, Nüssli118°, and Cambridge Naturals are each exploring—in very different ways—how we can make an impact on the environment through what we consume (p. 26, 22, and 18). Companies conceived at MIT are getting on their feet and shaping our sustainable future (p.20). Almost Perfect Glass is showing how artwork can be bigger than itself (p.30), and the city has a plan to reduce our trash by 80 percent by 2050 compared to 2008 (p.14).

We hope their work inspires you as much as it has inspired us.

Reena Karasin

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