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Archive of entries posted on December 2010

December Green Needham Meeting Summary

December 13th’s Green Needham meeting at the Needham Public Library Community room opened with an update on several key Green Needham projects: Needham 1,000 is our follow up to last year’s successful 10% Challenge that saw over 450 Needham households commit to energy-saving activities that reduced greenhouse gas emissions, saved money and helped them live …read more

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Green Kids and Cancun Climate Negotiators Take Action

This year’s Green Kids Needham theme is “Endangered Habitats.”  Throughout the year, students at each elementary school will participate in a variety of activities intended to increase their knowledge about endangered habitats and encourage their involvement in solutions. Programs will include adopting endangered animals through the World Wildlife Fund, promoting the Nike Reuse-a-Shoe drive (saving …read more

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Dec 2010 meeting – partner project updates

December 2010 updates from some of the Green Needham partner organizations… Needham Community Farm The NCF recently submitted an NEF Large Grant application for $15,000 to fund farm-based curriculum development at the Nike site (assuming the NCF is awarded the license to use the Nike site).  The proposed programming would be focused on grades 6-12 but …read more

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Olin Students Develop New Freezer Technology

The following article was written by Ben Chapman, a first year student. It was published in the Olin College student newspaper. Freshmen Explore Sustainable Food-Storage On November 13, I was working Essex, VT with three other Olin Freshmen, on an exciting sustainable engineering project: a walk-in freezer that uses no energy. In July, I helped …read more

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Change Does Begin At Home | Conservation Magazine

Earlier this year, Conservation Magazine published a short article called Change Does Begin At Home, which referenced some research from a team centered at Michigan State University. The key takeaway of the article was this: The researchers found that, by taking 17 steps that would result in “little or no reduction in household well-being,” U.S. …read more

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Olin College Composting Project

In 2009 Olin College decided to initiate a composting program to see if it could reduce its waste stream. This fall, Olin has already composted more than all of last year and is on pace to compost over 9,000 lbs by the end of the academic year.

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Work Begins for a Needham Farmers Market

Things are looking good for a farmers market in Needham. On November 29, fourteen enthusiastic people met at First Parish Church to begin the rather long planning process that will include finding a site, applying for permits, contracting with farmers and other vendors, and countless other details. A steering committee formed and pledged to gather …read more

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A big step closer to becoming a Green Community

Needham took a big step closer to becoming a Massachusetts Green Community when Green Needham Collaborative Chair Michael Greis met with the Selectmen on November 23rd. Over the last year and a half, Green Needham has been working with town officials, boards, staff, the Selectmen and the Town Manager, engaging in a dialogue about the …read more

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For a Greener Holiday Season: Think Paper and Packaging!

[Guest blog post by Amy Winslow) Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, we generate 25 percent more landfill waste than during the rest of the year, and buy enough greeting cards to fill a football stadium 10 stories high!* When doing your gift-wrapping this season, consider how you package things – try buying reusable gift …read more

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