Annual Green Newton Environmental Awards


Green Newton awards this distinction to individuals, community groups, and local businesses in recognition of their work in striving for a better environment.


  • Karen Bray – Newton Safe & Sound (Individual)
  • Jenny Horsburgh – Student, Newton North High School (Individual)
  • Friends of Austin Street (Group)
  • YMCA (Business)


  • Alison Leary – Councilor, City of Newton (Individual)
  • Environmental Science Program for Kids (Group)
  • Power House Dynamics (Business)
  • At GN’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, our Louise Bruyn Environmental Leadership Awards were given to Newton City Councilor Deb Crossley and Brandeis Professor Eric Olson


  • Nathan Phillips – Professor of Earth and Environment at Boston University (Individual)
  • High Performance Building Coalition (Group)
  • Boston College (Business)


  • Kay Khan – MA State Representative (Individual)
  • Crystal Lake Conservancy (Group)
  • Big Belly Solar (Business)






  • Dirk Detlefsen – Countryside Elementary School Teacher, 5th Grade (Individual)
  • Newton/San Juan del Sur Sister City Project (Group)
  • Chapman Construction & Design (Business)





  • David Tannozzini – Electrical Engineer, City of Newton (Individual)
  • GreenCAP (Group)
  • (Not established until 2005)

Other Green Decade Newton Initiatives

Green Newton’s Transportation Committee is working to reduce our carbon footprint, conserve natural resources, and create a more sustainable community by expanding Newton’s transportation options. We encourage walking, bicycling and transit use and want to reduce the number of Vehicle … Read More

Students for a Greener World (SGW) is a dedicated group of middle and high school students whose goal is to reach out to kids of all ages and to help them learn and practice environmentally friendly actions at home, school … Read 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 More

Working with the City of Newton in 2015, Green Newton donated stickers with information on acceptable and unacceptable materials for recycling. Volunteers labeled 28,000 recycling bins around the city, helping residents better understand recycling procedures.

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 More