Archive of posts filed under the Municipal category.

Needham Talks about Solar

There was a lot to say about solar at Green Needham’s “Let’s Talk About Solar” program on March 15th.  Almost 50 people came to Broadmeadow School and learned about the new solar project at the RTS, as well as other solar efforts in town. After years of discussion and planning, the solar arrays at the …read more

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Needham Parks & Rec Town-Wide Cleanup Day: Sat. April 2nd

Help Beautify and Sustain Needham On the Park and Rec’s Clean-Up Day! On the morning of Saturday, April 2, 2016 you can be part of a town-wide effort to keep Needham clean and beautiful.  That’s the day of the Needham Park and Recreation’s semi-annual Clean-Up Day.  All you have to do is show up at the …read more

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Let’s Talk About Solar: The RTS and Beyond

This coming Tuesday, March 15th, Green Needham is sponsoring an informational session on the solar project at the Needham RTS, as well as projects at homes and institutions around Town. at 7:30 pm at the Broadmeadow School’s auditorium. Come hear how the project at the RTS (“the dump”) will soon start providing thirty percent of …read more

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What you didn’t know about Recycling at the Needham RTS

Think you know everything about recycling at the Needham RTS?  Maybe, maybe not – read on, you may learn something new! Some Surprising Recycling Facts: Sure, they’re plastic, but …. do not recycle plastic bags of any kind at the RTS – these cause serious problems at recycling facilities, jamming equipment as they getting wrapped around the …read more

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Have You had your No-cost Home Energy Assessment?

With the support of local businesses around Needham, Green Needham and our Mass Save partner, Next Step Living, have signed up dozens of electric customers for no-cost home energy assessments at “tabling events” around town this summer. It is not actually “free” – we all pay a small “conservation” charge on our Eversource (formerly NSTAR) bills …read more

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Update on the Solar PV project at the Needham RTS

Although there aren’t any visible indications yet, the project to install a 3.7 Megawatt solar PV system on the closed landfill at the Needham RTS continues to move forward. The Town and the project developer, Brightfields, are working through the final details of a service agreement with the financing provider for the project. The Town …read more

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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 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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Downtown Streetscapes Working Group

The Downtown Streetscape Committee was formed in December 2012 to provide guidance and make recommendations to the Needham Board of Selectmen regarding improvements and changes to the streetscape in Needham Center. The overall goal is to improve the logistics of downtown vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and to make the street-level experience in the downtown more …read more

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Recycling results for school and town buildings – 2011-12

Needham is in its fourth year of single-stream recycling in schools and town buildings. How are we doing? Not as well as we could be. The total amount of recycling was about the same in 2011-12 (3rd year) as it was in 2009-10 (the first year), so we haven’t improved. That’s disappointing because you would …read more

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