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Green Needham Collaborative Newsletter
November 2009

In This Issue
Carter Scott at next Green Needham meeting - Nov. 16th ...................
Home Depot makes trade-ins eco-friendly ....................
Best Buy will recycle your unwanted electronics
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Saturday Oct. 24th, Needham was one of over 5,200 communities in 181 countries that held events to mark the International Climate Day of Action.  Groups from several Needham Houses of Worship and from Green Needham fanned out to carry out carbon emission reduction and energy saving projects across town. 

We've assembled a summary of the day's events, along with a video from the Needham Channel News, on the Green Needham wiki

Carter Scott at next Green Needham meeting - Nov. 16th
       The next Green Needham meeting, Nov. 16th  (7-9pm) at Olin College in room AC 109, will feature Carter Scott, President of  Transformations, Inc.  He builds affordable zero net energy homes. 
        Transformations, Inc was one of the participants in a Zero Energy Challenge competition funded by the state's utilities. This article from Solar Today details the home they built - the "Needham" (they name their designs after Massachusetts towns) - a 1,232 square foot affordable home, sold for $195,200 with a HERS rating of -3. 
         He will also incorporate the stretrch energy code into this talk showing that it is very achievable, even easy, to meet.  Carter will also be speaking at the MCAN Conference on November 15th.  
Home Depot puts an eco-friendly twist on trade-ins for holiday shopping

The hardware chain announced on Friday that from Nov. 5 to 15, customers can bring in old strings of lights and get a $3 off coupon for new LED lights -- which use 80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs.

Through Nov. 8, you can trade in old or broken drills for a 15 percent discount on new drills with lithium-ion batteries, which are supposed to be more energy-efficient and less polluting. Home Depot says it will recycle the old drills.

Best Buy will recycle your unwanted electronics

Best Buy will take just about anything electronic, including TVs, DVD players, computer monitors, cell phones and more. You can bring in up to two items a day, per household, and most things are absolutely free. However, there is a $10 charge for TVs 32" and under, CRTs, monitors and laptops - but they'll give you a $10 Best Buy gift card to offset that cost.
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If you have any questions or suggestions, or if you want to get involved and can't get to our next meeting, please e-mail me.

Updates on meetings and other news can be found on both our
web site and our wiki
Dedham Grant 2008-08
Michael Greis, Chair
Green Needham Collaborative
The Green Needham Collaborative brings together Needham resdients and organizations who share a common interest in building a more sutainable community through collaborative efforts on energy and the environment.