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.
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 is creating an on-line compendium of useful information and “green living” tips specific to Needham. Volunteers research topics such as Energy Conservation, Transportation, Recycling & Waste Reduction, Food, Enjoying Nature, and others
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.
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.
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.