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STEAM Family Science night in Needham – call for participation and volunteers

The Needham Science Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a STEAM family science night on March 19th.

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Energy Efficient Clothes Dryers now Available

Did you know that your clothes dryer may be one of the biggest energy hogs in your home? The average dryer uses 875 killowatt hours of electricity a year (calculate your dryer’s energy usage). But up until now, there were no models that were efficient enough to receive the EPA Energy Star Label. Well, that …read more

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Stuff

Stuff. We all have it, we might think we have too much (or at least the other people in our household have too much) and at the same time there’s always something else we want (ooh, look!) The poet William Wordsworth wrote “the world is too much with us” and more recently the B-52’s extolled …read more

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An Act Combating Climate Change – a Massachusetts Senate Bill to watch and support

Is it possible, with the stroke of a lawmaker’s pen, to cause a significant drop in carbon emissions in Massachusetts, with minimal or even positive effects on the state economy? This is exactly what backers of a revenue-neutral carbon fee say will happen. In January, 2015, Senator Mike Barrett filed a bill (SD 285) entitled: …read more

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Chamber seeks Needham nominees for 2015 Green Business Awards

The Newton-Needham Chamber is seeking nominations for its annual Green Business Awards. The awards recognize businesses that are at the forefront of the sustainable and environmentally-friendly business movement. To qualify a business must meet the following criteria: Located in Needham or Newton Has made significant progress in reducing energy or other environmental strategies toward sustainability, …read more

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Saving Money and Energy – Additional Tips and Ways to Save, Both at Home and in Your Car

So, you’ve already gotten a no-cost energy assessment, replaced your incandescent light bulbs with CFLs, and done follow-up insulation & weather-stripping work to improve your home’s energy efficiency.  And you either have solar already or are not a good candidate for it.  Can you do more?  Below are some great ideas that you may not have heard …read more

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Climate Change Presentation at Needham Library

“Climate Reality: Solutions Are Real And In Our Grasp” will be presented at the Needham Public Library Community Room on Monday, October 27 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Quentin Prideaux of The Climate Reality Project will give an informative and energizing presentation on the impacts and causes of climate change, the actions we need to take, and …read more

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How your refrigerator has kept its cool over 40 years of efficiency improvements

A great story about on perhaps the most indispensable item in our homes from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). One of the great inventions of our time – the modern refrigerator – will get an efficiency makeover when new national efficiency standards go into effect on September 15, reducing energy use …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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Solarize Needham exceeds expectations and is being extended to October 31st!

The Solarize Needham campaign has exceeded even our expectations. So far, 111 Needham households have chosen to Solarize their homes. Those homes will generate over 900,000 kWh of electricity yearly. Because of our success – and the continuing interest the program has received – our Solarize partner Astrum Solar has agreed to allow us to …read more

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