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Archive of entries posted on June 2010

#5 Plastics Recycled at Whole Foods

Needham only recycles #1,2, and 3 plastics. I hate throwing away my yogurt containers and was happy to discover that Dedham’s new Whole Foods Market is participating in the “Gimme5″ program. The first time I brought my #5′s, I didn’t see any containers specifically labeled for #5 plastics, but the last time I was there, …read more

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Green Kids Needham

Parent organization Green Kids Needham educates every Needham elementary student about the environment, acts as a model for other towns’ environmental education programs. Three years ago, a group of Needham parents joined together to create Green Kids Needham, hoping to educate elementary school students – and their families – about the environment. At the forefront …read more

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Updated Energy Star ratings for Televisions

Increased energy efficiency is finally coming to electronic devices in your home. As of May 1st, 2010, it became harder for TV manufacturers to earn an Energy Star label, which also meant it became easier for consumers to shop for and select a TV that uses less energy. Overall, televisions meeting the new Energy Star …read more

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Part 2: 10% Challenge Success Stories

When Joanne Kneeland happened upon Green Needham Chairman Michael Greis talking about ways to save energy on the Needham Channel, she kept watching. The program sought to educate viewers about energy savings, rebates, and programs such as the HEAT Loan Program, which gives consumers a 0% loan to assist in the installation of qualified energy efficient home improvements. “That really piqued my interest,” Kneeland explained. “I found the show fascinating.”

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Collaborative effort nets Needham schools EPA grant for EcoExplorers Project

A collaborative effort involving multiple organizations has resulted in an EPA Environmental Education grant to the Needham Science Center. The two-year grant, totaling $44,500 plus in-kind grants of about $15,000, will be used to implement a collaborative environmental education program called the Eco-Explorers Project that fundamentally transforms the way our K-5 students and classroom teachers …read more

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Newton Needham Chamber 2010 Green Business awards luncheon

Needham’s Public Facilities Department was recognized with a Green Business award at the Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Green Business awards luncheon. This annual event, emceed by David Brown, StormTeam5 Meteorologist from WCVB-TV, demonstrates the business benefits and opportunities in sustainability by showcasing organizations in Needham and Newton that have improved their performance and …read more

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Needham’s North Hill Shows the Path to Sustainability

Needham’s “North Hill,” a residential community for older adults, has taken up the cause of “green” living and sustainable practices in impressive fashion! Its commendable efforts provide a model for how an organization can green itself.

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Part 1: 10% Challenge Success Stories

Green Needham member takes 10% Challenge, finds new motivation and needed support to make dream of greener home a reality. As the first in this series of success stories, Bill Okerman’s experience resonates with those who have the firm desire to live in greener homes, but might lack the information and services to help them …read more

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Letter to the Board of Selectmen on becoming a Green Community

Last summer, at the Selectmen’s Goals Summit, I urged the board to make becoming a Massachusetts Green Community one of its goals. I pointed out that many of the Selectmen’s existing goals – financial sustainability, energy savings, effective use of resources, increasing town revenue, economic development, improving health and welfare, instituting environmentally sound practices – are Green Community goals. Meeting the requirements to become a Green Community would in fact advance those goals.

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