Thank you to everyone who attended Framingham’s Earth Day Festival on the Common! The weather was amazing and the turn out was incredible. We saw many familiar faces and also appreciated the opportunity to meet new community members.

We were among good company at the festival and it was exciting to see so many active volunteers making a difference within their respective organizations and committees. Below is a list of a few of the organizations that are doing some great work in Framingham, encouraging sustainability and acceptance within our own communities. Visit their websites for more information and follow them on social media to find out how you can participate in their missions.

Transition Framingham:

“Transition Framingham is a completely volunteer run grass-roots organization comprised of people who live and/or work in Framingham MA, and are looking for ways to increase resilience and sustainability in a world of growing population and shrinking resources. Our goals are simple but wide-reaching. We:

  1. Create awareness and strengthen our organization with small community projects such as gardening, bike clinics, improved transportation information, and community outreach during the holidays.
  2. Become involved with local government, businesses, individuals, and other organizations.
  3. Form work groups to make inroads in increasing sustainability and resilience in areas such as recycling, permaculture, renewable energy, and education.”

Check out their upcoming event: Repair Cafe on May 14th


Energize Framingham:

Energize Framingham is a growing community of everyday folks doing what they can to improve sustainability in Framingham and reduce our climate impacts.

We have partnered with the City of Framingham’s sustainability coordinator on a 2-year energy efficiency program. We have also partnered with the Framingham Public Library to present a climate resilience series. We are looking to expand our partnerships and we welcome new volunteers and organizations.”


Keep Framingham Beautiful:

Our Mission: “Taking action to make Framingham a cleaner, greener, litter-free place to live, work, and play.”


Framingham Cultural Council:

“The Framingham Cultural Council awards grants to private and public/municipal organizations, and individuals for cultural projects that benefit Framingham residents. Funds for these projects are made available from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and from donations.”


Framingham’s Agricultural Advisory Committee:

“It is the policy of the City of Framingham to conserve, protect and encourage the maintenance and improvement of agricultural land for the production of food and other agricultural products and also for its natural and ecological value.

The committee’s roles and responsibilities are as follows:

  • Serve as a local voice advocating for farmers, farm-related businesses, and agricultural interests in general. 
  • Provide visibility for farming in Framingham. 
  • Work with other city departments/boards/commissions/committees on issues facing the town that affect agriculture. 
  • Help resolve farm-related problems and/or conflicts. 
  • Protect farmlands and natural resources. “


I hope some of you find a group to join or volunteer with in your area! Volunteering can be a meaningful way to join your neighbors who are keeping our communities vibrant and beautiful. If you start local, the ripple effect of your efforts will be felt far beyond Framingham. 

Until next time,

Photo credit: Framingham Source