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NSTAR Electric Bills Going Up by 30% for Needham Homeowners? What You Can Do to Reduce Your Bill.

NSTAR has requested a rate increase of 29% across their service area, which includes the town of Needham.  If approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, it will take effect on Jan. 1, 2015.  As recently reported in The Needham Times,(http://needham.wickedlocal.com/article/20141121/News/141129811), according to an NSTAR source, “The current spike in electricity prices stems from …read more

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Climate Change Cafe’s “A Green Walk Around Your Home”

The Environmental Ministries Team at the Congregational Church of Needham is presenting a “Climate Change Café” talk on “A Green Walk Around Your Home” with Leslie Reichert, the Martha Stewart of green cleaning, on Sunday, Oct. 19th, from 11:30 – 12:30 at the Church.  According to Leslie, ” the Toxic chemicals are everywhere in your home. …read more

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Garrett Graham, Owner of the Needham Garden Center, Talks About Organic Gardening

On Wednesday, April 16th, Garrett Graham, owner of the Needham Garden Center, generously took the time to put together and present a wonderful program about organic gardening to the Kalmia Garden Club at the Needham Library.  Garrett, who grew up in Needham, and lives here now with his family, has owned the Needham Garden Center since …read more

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Congregational Church’s Climate Café Encourages Selection of Native Trees and Shrubs

At the Congregational Church’s Climate Café on Sunday, March 30th,  Master Gardener Betty Sanders presented a great program, ‘Going Native: Low-Growing Trees and Shrubs,” to 27 attendees.  Betty explained how many non-native trees and shrubs require extra maintenance and water because they are often not well-adapted to our New England climate.  Also, they are not …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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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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Olin College Graduates Design an Eco-friendly Toothbrush

A recent article in the Boston Globe business section — Design Firm Looks to Reinvent Toothbrush — caught the eye of Green Needham members. The piece featured two recent graduates of Olin College of Engineering, Jake Felser and Ollie Haas, who have developed a more eco-friendly toothbrush. Green Needham is well aware of Ollie’s commitment …read more

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New Way to Reduce Energy Use

A month or so ago I was doing my laundry. Before putting my load into the dryer I had to take out a load of dry towels. I was in a hurry so not all of them made it out before I put my load of clothes in. Usually with a full load of laundry …read more

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Cruising into summer! Driving tips for fuel economy.

Summer is (nearly) upon us. Many of us will be spending a lot of time in the car, traveling to vacation spots, or getting the kids to and from camp. Keeping an eye on efficient fuel consumption is important for the environment, but really hits home when gas prices top $4.00. Here are some things …read more

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Green Tips (from Temple Aliyah newsletter)

Here are some Green Tips from the Temple Aliyah newsletter. For the energy saving veterans of GreenNeedham many will be obvious and old hat but for novices they are a place to start or add. I plan to add to them on a regular basis and welcome your feedback and suggestions to dbjanda@yahoo.com, as well as …read more

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