Energy efficiency and energy conservation are highly effective means of reducing CO2 emissions and saving money on utility bills. The HES team promotes no-cost energy assessments, encourages the completion of energy assessment follow-up work, and provides information about weatherization, energy equipment rebates, high efficiency appliances, and energy conservation measures.
How can I reduce the amount of energy I use in my home? Where can I get information about Electric Vehicles (EVs)? Where can I donate a used bicycle? How do I get a commuter rail ticket? Where can I buy locally grown food? The Living Green team has created an on-line compendium of useful information and “green living” tips specific to Needham. Volunteers research topics such as Energy at Home, “Greening” Your Electricity, Recycling & Waste Reduction, Food/Diet, Enjoying Nature, and others. Contact Eleanor Rosellini to find out how you can help.
The Solar Team continues to look for ways to utilize the tremendous potential for solar power in Needham. Building on our success with the RTS Solar project and Solarize Needham, the Team promotes residential, business, and municipal solar. With over 250 residential installations, and 11,780 panels producing over 4 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year on our closed landfill, Needham is leading by example.
Green Needham Collaborative has joined with the League of Women Voters of Needham and the Needham Community Farm to launch Meatless Monday Needham. Adopting the model of the internationally recognized Meatless Monday movement, Meatless Monday Needham aims to inspire people to decrease consumption of meat and eat more healthy plant-based meals by taking a pledge to eat meatless, healthy, plant-based meals on Mondays for 12 weeks.
Green Needham’s “Toward Zero Waste” initiative aims to use the four R’s – reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink – to address problems of waste. We are focused initially on two areas we believe can have the greatest impact and benefit locally – food and community-wide recycling.
One component of Green Needham’s “Toward Zero Waste” is to educate the public about ways to donate and repurpose unneeded, but perfectly usable household items, so that they are kept out of the trash. Recyclopedia Needham is our resource that supports that effort. We need volunteers to help us keep our Recyclopedia up-to-date. Contact Eleanor Rosellini to find out how you can help.
Green Needham provides information about environmental issues and legislation through our website, newsletter and blog. We also organize presentations and film showings, appear at community events, and support programs in the Needham Public Schools. In Nov. 2018, we hosted a well attended “Go Green Needham” Expo.
Green Needham recognizes the vital role of forward-looking legislation and policy in responding to climate change. We work with other local organizations to educate and influence decision-makers. Contact Eleanor Rosellini to find out how you can help.