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Archive of entries posted on October 2011

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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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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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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Some “essential questions” to open the conversation How might we reduce energy stresses on commercial and residential building? Should we consider building more compactly, and what are the pluses and minuses? increase in density easier to get to transportation easier for elderly to navigate and stay in homes cost of transportation in town….i.e. shuttle 128 …read more

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Post Summit Comments – The Green Economy

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