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Imagine a sustainable life: A gift to the city of Cambridge

Posted by Anne Steele  February 15, 2013 02:57 PM

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The following was submitted by the Sprouts of Hope

On Monday, February 25, the Sprouts of Hope — a local Roots & Shoots group — will donate as a lending gift to the City of Cambridge a quilt they conceived and created with the assistance of Cambridge resident and global quilt maker Clara Wainwright. With an abiding interest in contributing to the environmental health of their community, the Sprouts of Hope want their quilt to engage those who live and work in Cambridge in a community-wide effort to make their city “the most environmentally sustainable city in the world.”

With an easy-to-use website that the Sprouts of Hope designed, residents of Cambridge will be able to sign up to borrow this quilt so it can hang in spaces where people of all ages can be see it — and be inspired to come with ideas for sustainable environmental policies and practices.

As the Sprouts of Hope say:

“We hope you will borrow our quilt — our gift to the city of Cambridge — to get people talking, spur concern and provoke action.

“Hang it from your walls. Start a conversation.”

In 2008, the Sprouts of Hope were recognized by the City of Cambridge as part of its Go Green Awards.

The Sprouts of Hope also wrote “Energy Lite,” a book that a family can use — with their children— to learn how to conserve energy use in their homes. They donated copies of their book along with Kill A Watt meters to the Cambridge Public Library system in June 2010 and the Boston Public Library system in November 2011. Families are now able to borrow
“Energy Lite” along with the meters to measure energy use in their homes.

The Sprouts of Hope members — Eliza Klein, Maya Ludtke, Kaya Mark, Risa Paley-Zimble and Lilly Sandberg — are sophomores and juniors at the Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School, where they are active in various environmental clubs at CRLS. They also work on sustainability projects with Kristen von Hoffmann, who is the Sustainability Manager for the Cambridge Public School District. “The Sprouts of Hope have dedicated a lot of time and energy into building a better world, both here in Cambridge and beyond, and their passion for improving the lives of others and preserving the environment is inspiring,” says von Hoffmann.

The Sprouts of Hope are available for interviews to talk about why and how they made the quilt and are donating it as a lending gift to the City of Cambridge.

The Sprouts of Hope write on their blog — https://sproutsofhopekids.blogspot.com — about the stages they went through with Clara to create this quilt.

Here are the details of the presentation:

The Sprouts of Hope — Local Roots & Shoots — Present a Quilt They Conceived and Made as a Lending Gift to the City

Special Presentation to the Cambridge City Council
City Hall, Sullivan Chamber, 795 Mass Avenue

Monday, February 25, 2013
5:00 pm — 5:30 pm

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