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Needham 1,000 wrap-up and recognition

Green Needham’s October Needham 1,000 Plaque Presentation at Powers Hall wrapped up several years of community accomplishment on the 10% Energy Challenge. The organization and the community’s efforts were subsequently recognized in a citation presented to Green Needham by State Representative Denise Garlick

During the Needham 1,000 campaign, over 900 local households took the Challenge, pledging to implement energy-saving actions that would keep over 7 million pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere each year. The wrap-up also recognized multiple businesses and community organizations that helped recruit families to take the challenge or made significant improvements in their organization’s use of energy.

Green Needham Chair Michael Greis opened the presentation ceremony by positioning the importance of the efforts of people and organizations throughout Needham in promoting a more sustainable future for Needham.

Following the completion of this campaign, Green Needham was honored to be recognized by State Representative Denise Garlick for its accomplishments.

At a subsequent Green Needham meeting, Representative Garlick presented Green Needham with a Citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives commending the organization’s “outstanding commitment to reducing energy use”.

Accepting the citation for Green Needham, Chair Michael Greis noted it recognizes not just the hard work of many individuals in Green Needham, but a community-wide effort to make Needham an even better place to live and work.

That community-wide effort will continue in 2013. Green Needham has already announced the formation of its Home Energy Savings team to build on the success of the Community Energy Challenge and Needham 1,000 campaigns to help homeowners save energy and money, while reducing carbon emissions and increasing local economic activity.

The Needham 1,000 plaque, a poster presentation highlighting the energy-saving accomplishments of community businesses and organizations, and the Citation from the House of Representatives are now all on display on the first floor of Needham’s Town Hall.

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