Town of Needham
- Public Services Administration Building uses geothermal technology, a source of heating and cooling not based on fossil fuels.
- Single stream recycling is offered in all town buildings.
- Energy efficient upgrades were done on air conditioners, lighting, and windows at various schools and public buildings.
- Vendor misers were installed on all soda vending machines.
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
42% reduction in annual energy consumption over the last 6 years: Cost savings of $2 million and 5,200 metric tons of carbon emissions avoided.
- Artificial lighting is automatically reduced during the daylight hours and increased during the evening hours.
- No trays in the cafeteria — saved energy and water on the washing, reduced food waste as diners can carry only so much at a time.
- Variable speed drives were installed on HVAC motors.
- Co-generator generates electricity and uses waste heat to heat water for the main kitchen and the laundry facility.
- Computer software shuts down every third hallway light at night.
- Ozone technology in its laundry enhances cleaning power and decreases water usage by 40%.
First Parish in Needham, Unitarian Universalist
- Renovations including high efficiency HVAC equipment, insulation, efficient lighting, and separate heating zones led to its being the first church in New England to receive EnergyStar rating for low energy use.
- A total of 97 of the congregation’s households took Green Needham’s 10% Energy Challenge.
- Installed two-curtain system on roof for heat and energy retention.
- Micro-drip emitters on each hanging plant deliver the proper amount of water to each pot and minimize overflow/waste.
- Installed 10,000 gallon rainwater collection tank used to water all the plants on the farm.
KoKo Fit Club
- Precor Self Powered Elliptical Cross Trainers transfer energy from pedaling into power that lights up the screen. The machine itself uses no energy from the grid.
- Energy efficient lighting and sophisticated timers reduce electrical use.
- Timers on shop air compressors.
- Vending machines with energy-saving VendingMisers.
- New spray booths with energy efficient exhaust motors, heating units, and bulbs.
- Tinted windows, reflective silver paint on roof to keep heat off.
Needham Community Council
- Reuse of an existing building, with green renovations, including window replacement, thermal heat pump system, new insulation, energy efficient lighting, and occupancy sensors.
Petit Robert Bistro
- Took advantage of NSTAR Direct Install for Small Business program to reduce energy use including: complete retrofit of lighting to low power consumption and special electronic control on their walk-in refrigerator, eliminating continuous operation.
- Established a Sustainability Committee.
- Installed parking garage and stairwell energy efficient lighting retrofits.
- Initiated composting of cafeteria food waste and containers/utensils.
- A total of 66 individuals from the staff of Century 21 Commonwealth, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Louise Condon Realty, and Prudential Advantage Real Estate completed Green Needham’s 10% Energy Challenge.
The Congregational Church of Needham, Temple Aliyah, Temple Beth Shalom of Needham, Wellesley Monthly Meeting of Friends.
- Energy efficiency retrofits to buildings.
- 10% Challenge Campaigns.
Stone Hearth Pizza
- All the lights are either CFL or LED lights.
- Over 50% of food and beverage spending is sourced within 400 miles of the store.
Additional Thak You’s
Green Needham thanks the 894 households that took the 10% Energy Challenge and honors the organizations that encouraged their members and staff to take the Challenge’s pledge to reduce energy use.
- Broadmeadow, Eliot, Hillside, Mitchell, Newman Elementary Schools, Pollard Middle School, St. Joseph Elementary.
- Kalmia Garden Club, League of Women Voters of Needham, Needham Community Farm Board of Directors, Needham Public Health, Needham Science Center, Needham Women’s Club, Rotary Club of Needham.