Green Newton Wins 2015 EPA Merit Award
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Support Newton’s Proposed Ordinance on Leaf Blowers
New Rules Would Help Reduce Noise and Air Pollution
Newton Solar Challenge Extended through 2015
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GN Supports the Austin Street Development
Project Is a Good Example of 'Smart Growth'
When Newton's Board of Aldermen unanimously passed this ordinance back in January 2015, they considered the millions of animals that are killed or mutilated by ingesting or becoming entangled in plastic bags every year. The bags are so aerodynamic that they frequently blow away and become litter that does not biodegrade; instead they slowly fragment into tiny bits that can then contaminate soil, waterways, and our oceans. These small bits, known as micro-plastics, displace food supplies and threaten the survival of a broad range of sea life.
In Massachusetts, 15 communities have now passed bans; Brookline, Cambridge, Concord, Falmouth, Great Barrington, Harwich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Nantucket, Newton, Newburyport, Northhampton, Provincetown, Wellfleet and Williamstown. Nationally hundreds of communities have passed bans including the entire states of California and Hawaii.
Shaw's no longer offers plastic bags, so if you shop there, remember to bring your own re-usable bags or you will be charged 10 cents for each paper bag. Green Newton asks you to bring your re-usable bags every time you shop, even if it means trekking back to your car to get them.
Dr. Eric Olson (pictured above left with GN President Marcia Cooper and GN Vice President Jim Purdy) was awarded the 2015 Green Newton Bruyn Award for Environmental Leadership along with Alderwoman Deborah Crossley. Dr. Olson, Senior Lecturer at Brandeis University’s Heller School, … Read MoreRead More
The School Outreach Committee brings parents and educators of Newton together to share ideas about promoting energy and resource conservation in Newton schools. Past projects implemented at schools include: Classroom and Cafeteria recycling and composting Zero Waste Days and Green … Read MoreLearn More
One of Green Newton’s missions is to protect people and the environment by promoting alternatives to toxic landscape chemicals and pesticides (i.e., herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides and fungicides) through public education campaigns and community action. community resource and clearinghouse for information, referrals … Read MoreLearn More
In our efforts to offset Global Warming, Green Newton´s Energy Committee educates residents, business people, and institutions about wise energy use, energy efficiency and renewable energy. We educate the community about renewable energy and energy efficiency through designing, financing, installing, … Read MoreLearn More