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Archive of entries posted in the year 2013

Needham is a Solarize community!

Green Needham Chair Michael Greis, Solar Coach Artie Crocker and Municipal Representative Tatiana Swanson traveled to Amherst on Monday, December 2nd for the formal announcement that Needham is one of the communities selected to participate in the second round of the 2013 Solarize Massachusetts program. Solarize Mass® is a community-focused, grassroots solar energy marketing, education …read more

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Needham High School’s Environmental Club Focuses on Recycling

Needham High School’s Environmental Club is a small, yet committed group of students working towards making the high school and the community more environmentally conscious.  In the 2013-2014 school year, the agenda revolves around the central issue of recycling.  Back in 2011, the club implemented a recycling program, (which was previously non-existent), in the high …read more

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Needham RTS Superintendent Ann Dorfman Talks About Recycling at the Climate Cafe

At the Needham Congregational Church’s Climate Café on Sunday, Oct. 27th, Needham RTS Superintendent Ann Dorfman spoke to an enthusiastic group of 30 people about recycling.  Ann, who became Needham’s RTS Superintendent in Sept. 2012, has worked in the recycling field for over 15 years.  After a quick review or her background, Ann showed the …read more

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Economic Growth: Problem or Panacea

  Have we outgrown the planet? Is there an alternative to perpetual economic and population growth?  The film “Growthbusters: Hooked on Growth” will be shown at First Parish in Needham, 23 Dedham Ave., on Sunday, November 17 at 7 p.m. This thought-provoking documentary challenges our beliefs linking growth with prosperity and fulfillment.  Interspersing interviews of …read more

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Green Kids at Newman & Eliot Schools Adopt “Eating Green” Theme for New School Year

We are excited to begin the 7th year of “Green Kids” at the Eliot and Newman Schools this month!  The kids are already busy recycling and are looking forward to this year’s projects, including the annual creation of a “No Idling, Please” sign and the collection of worn out sneakers for Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program, where …read more

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It’s Been 30 Years – Let’s Update the Bottle Bill

We need your help collecting signatures to put the updated bottle deposit question on the ballot in November 2014. The 68,911 required Massachusetts registered voter signatures must be obtained by late November. The updated Bottle Bill will require deposits on water, sports drinks, flavored teas, juices, and other on-the-go beverages which were not included in …read more

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Boston mayoral candidates express strong support for and creative proposals to meet climate and energy goals

Needham residents who attended Green Needham’s May meeting featuring Brian Swett, Chief of Energy an Environment for the City of Boston, came away impressed by the leadership, commitment and results being achieved by the city towards its energy and climate goals. Although we in Needham won’t be faced with the challenge of sorting through the …read more

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Volante Farms recognized as Green Business of the Year by Newton-Needham Chamber

Needham’s Volante Farms, Kingsbury Homes and North Hill were the Needham businesses recognized at the Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce’s Green Business Awards Breakfast. Close to 200 business and civic leaders gathered on June 26th along the banks of the Charles River at the Newton Marriott Hotel’s outdoor pavilion to discuss and celebrate the economic …read more

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Climate change science for the rest of us

The basic process of scientific research underlies just about everything we depend on in our world – medicine, agriculture, transportation, energy, technology and more. We all learned it in school – if not in college science courses, in high school or even earlier. Scientists make hypotheses, test them against facts and observations, submit the results …read more

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Turning Food Waste Into Energy – an Exciting New State Initiative

Organic matter makes up one-quarter of our waste; it is currently being landfilled or incinerated.  Here’s a new alternative for this waste: anaerobic digestion.  Anaerobic digestion is a technology that produces biogas from organic matter, which can then be used to generate electricity. New state regulations, which take effect next July, ban hospitals, universities, hotels, …read more

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