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Did you know that Needham is one of the top three communities in the state for recycling? According to the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection (2008), no town in eastern Massachusetts has achieved what we have done in Needham, with a rate of 67% of our waste diverted for recycling.

The mission of the Green Needham Collaborative is to help Needham continue its drive toward excellence in recycling and sustainability.

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The Green Needham Collaborative is a community-based group bringing together people and organizations to build a more sustainable community through collaborative efforts on energy and the environment.
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We tend to think about energy - and the environment - most during summer and winter.  That's when the cost of heating or cooling, or worries about weather extremes are front and center.  But that's also the hardest time to make changes.  So take a moment to check out some news and ideas from Green Needham now, while the weather, if not the rest of our busy lives, is calmer.
Sept 2010 Meeting - Project Updates and Presentations

Green Needham's September, 2010 meeting took place at the Needham Public Library's Community room on Monday evening, September 20th.

Following an update on sustainability initiatives in Needham - "Needham 1,000", Green Communities and Wind & Solar power feasibility studies - the meeting featured a presentation on solar energy options available to homeowners by Needham resident Chris Robinson of Sunlight Solar Energy, followed by a Q&A session.

On our web site, you'll find the slides for both the Green Needham Project Updates and the Sunlight Solar presentation.

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First Parish receives EPA national Energy Star Congregations Award

Needham's First Parish Unitarian Universalist has been named one of nine national winners of an EPA 2010 Energy Star Small Business and Congregations Award. This is just the latest, but arguably the most prestigious, recognition First Parish has received for the energy savings it achieved while undertaking a major renovation and expansion of its facilities.

Earth25 Walking Incentive Program Kicked-Off

Broadmeadow, Hillside and Newman elementary schools are all participating in the pilot of the new website,, which was developed by two Needham mothers as a way to motive kids to walk or bike instead of riding in a carbon producing car.

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To paraphrase a former mayor of New York - "how're we doing?". Send us your thoughts and suggestions via e-mail or on our blog.
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Michael Greis, Chair
Green Needham Collaborative