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Archive of entries posted on January 2011

Eighteen more towns designated as Green Communities

Eighteen Massachusetts communities officially became Massachusetts Green Communities in December, joining the thirty-five communities receiving the designation in May, 2010. Included in this group were three more of Needham’s “comparable communities” – Dedham, Wayland and Winchester. That brings to six the number of Needham’s comparable communities having already become Green Communities. Also becoming Green Communities …read more

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It’s All Local – Energy Efficiency and Home Energy Audits

An energy audit is the first step to saving energy and money at home, and you are eligible for a free energy audit yearly. Michael Greis of Green Needham joined Gabe Shapiro of Next Step Living on The Needham Channel’s “It’s all Local” program recently to talk about energy audits and energy efficiency at home. …read more

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Needham 1,000 Update

The Green Needham Collaborative is focused on helping residents cut their energy use. Our primary initiative in this regard is the 10% Energy Challenge.  Over 500 families  have taken the 10% Energy Challenge so far, which represents pledges of energy-saving actions that would keep over 4 million pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere! This …read more

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Recycling results for school and town buildings

How are we doing in recycling at our schools and our municipal buildings? See the results from the first year of the single-stream recycling program.

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Interested in Taking Greener Trips? Check out NuRide

NuRide, from MassRIDES. NuRide is the nation’s largest rewards program for individuals who take greener trips. “Greener trip takers” can earn points for tracking their trips and can redeem those points for rewards, like restaurant coupons or discounts at local and national retailers. MassRIDES is the Massachusetts statewide travel options program that provides information about carpooling, …read more

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Keeping Warm This Winter

Adding a sweater and keeping your thermostat set a couple degrees cooler are smart ways to save some energy. Here are two other ways to save energy that will conserve resources and save you money. Install a programmable thermostat. Being able to turn down the heat for large chunks of time, such as at night …read more

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