Green Newton Transportation Committee Missions & Goals

Initiative:

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 Trip Miles in Newton. We endorse “Complete Streets”, a policy to reverse decades of practices and policies that prioritize cars over all other types of transportation. We support programs and infrastructure designed to enhance safety while reducing traffic congestion and air pollution.

Transportation accounts for 1⁄3 of Newton’s carbon dioxide emissions, primarily from motor vehicles. The transportation sector is the fastest growing carbon dioxide source in the US, with emission rates rising 2% per year. More efficient fuels and “clean” vehicles won’t be enough to offset the 41% increase in emissions that will result from the projected 59% increase in driving by 2030.

Walking, bicycling and increased transit use also reap significant human health benefits, due to increased physical activity, while enhancing awareness of the natural world and promoting social interaction.

We support the creation of a Newton Transportation Department (now a division of DPW) to facilitate implementation of the Bicycle Network Plan (adopted in 2012) and the pending Pedestrian Plan, Transit Priority Plan and Parking Management Plan. We support the use of best practices and modern traffic calming approaches to enhance the safety of all road users. We are working to bring Hubway (Boston’s regional bicycle-sharing program) to Newton. We collaborate with Newton Safe Routes to School, and are working to expand safety education at all age levels, especially for children, with our partner organization Bike Newton. We support state legislation to lower the default speed limit and the city’s efforts to enforce better bike lane, path, and sidewalk snow removal.

Dedicating resources to active transportation creates a well-documented virtuous circle: better crosswalks and marked bike lanes make walking and biking safer, so that more people choose to walk and bike. As the numbers of bicyclists and pedestrians increase, crash rates are reduced significantly for all road users.

Other Green Decade Newton Initiatives

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.

Green Newton organizes an event on the Newton Centre green annually in October, bringing together sustainably focused business, community groups, and area residents for a day of fun and inspiration.

Green Newton educates residents, business people, and public institutions about wise energy use, energy efficiency and renewable energy. We feature the following energy saving initiatives: If you haven’t had a Mass Save Home Energy Assessment within the past two years, … 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

Green Newton leads a forum for Newton parents and teachers interested in promoting sustainability in the classroom and beyond. About once a month, the group offers a setting for sharing experiences and ideas as well as support in facing challenges … Read More

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