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Archive of entries posted in the year 2011

Sustainable consumer product design from Olin graduate and Green Needham volunteer

Green Needham is happy to stay in touch with the dedicated Olin College students who have volunteered their talents for environmental causes. One of our most active student volunteers, Ollie Haas, was involved with several sustainability initiatives in Needham and, most notably, created the unique interactive design of My Plan — Green Needham’s 10% Energy …read more

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Needham Summit on Energy and the Environment

On October 24th, Needham residents and town community gathered at Olin College for a community conversation on energy and the environment. Anthony Brooks, veteran NPR reporter and co-host of WBUR’s Radio Boston, opened the session by leading a discussion with Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia and Green Needham Chair Michael Greis on …read more

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Get paid to get rid of that second refrigerator

That second refrigerator you barely use is costing you money. Even a five to ten year old model can cost $75 – $100 each year in electricity to run. You could be spending $150 every year or more, if that second fridge is older. If you’ve thought about disposing of that spare refrigerator, but just …read more

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Post Summit Comments – Transportation

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Breakout Group Basics

Some “essential questions” to open the conversation Automobiles are by far the most widely-used form of transportation in Needham. We have commuter rail, nearby access to light rail (Green Line) and one public bus line. Some parts of town are more walkable than others and bicycle usage is increasing. What transportation options might enhance the …read more

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Post Summit Comments – Water

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Some “essential questions” to open the conversation With two sources of water – local wells and the MWRA – Needham very rarely encounters water shortages. But there are water supply challenges in our region, and certainly beyond. Should we be more focused on conserving water (and reducing our consumption) even though we have enough for …read more

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Post Summit Comments – Food

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Breakout Group Basics

Some “essential questions” to open the conversation Would we like to see much greater availability of locally produced food? Would we want more space in Needham devoted to local agriculture? Should we collaborate with nearby communities? Facilitators Elsa Cutter, Olin College Harrison Smith, Needham High School Resources Debbie Schmill – Needham Community Farm Ruth Griffin …read more

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Post Summit Comments – Development

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