GREENR, an online reference and research library on the environment, energy and natural resources is now available through the Needham Public Library.
How are we doing in recycling at our schools and our municipal buildings? See the results from the first year of the single-stream recycling program.
In 2009 Olin College decided to initiate a composting program to see if it could reduce its waste stream. This fall, Olin has already composted more than all of last year and is on pace to compost over 9,000 lbs by the end of the academic year.
Thinking of buying a new car? Want to learn more about what those fuel economy numbers really mean? The US EPA has recently released its 2011 Fuel Economy Guide for vehicles.
Needham family begins with mouse problem, ends with big savings and a neighborhood garden. Read this and our other “10% Challenge Success Stories”.
Massachusetts Green Communities receive $8.1 million in grants
The Needham Community Farm is one step closer to becoming a reality thanks to a recent vote by the Needham School Committee.
When Joanne Kneeland happened upon Green Needham Chairman Michael Greis talking about ways to save energy on the Needham Channel, she kept watching. The program sought to educate viewers about energy savings, rebates, and programs such as the HEAT Loan Program, which gives consumers a 0% loan to assist in the installation of qualified energy efficient home improvements. “That really piqued my interest,” Kneeland explained. “I found the show fascinating.”
Needham’s “North Hill,” a residential community for older adults, has taken up the cause of “green” living and sustainable practices in impressive fashion! Its commendable efforts provide a model for how an organization can green itself.
Last summer, at the Selectmen’s Goals Summit, I urged the board to make becoming a Massachusetts Green Community one of its goals. I pointed out that many of the Selectmen’s existing goals – financial sustainability, energy savings, effective use of resources, increasing town revenue, economic development, improving health and welfare, instituting environmentally sound practices – are Green Community goals. Meeting the requirements to become a Green Community would in fact advance those goals.