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Green Needham Update:
December, 2015    
Upcoming Events
Wellesley Free Library - Wakelin Room
Dec. 8, 6:30-9 PM
Sustainable Wellesley Program: Global Warming - What Can You Do
Pinefield Garden Club
St. Andrew's Church
3 Maple St.
Framingham, MA
Dec. 9, 7 - 8:30 PM

Boston Common-Parkman Bandstand
Dec. 12, 1-3 PM

Location: TBA
Dec. 14, 7-8:30 PM


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Mark your calendar for the food waste documentary file, Just Eat It, co-sponsored by many local organizations, including Green Needham, coming up on 12/8.  And if you missed Green Needham's Oct. 22nd program on food waste, you can read about it and even watch it.

And read about how local houses of worship are taking action to fight climate change.

Film Showing and Presentation About Food Rescue Organization
Wellesley Free Library
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Americans are wasting more than $165 billion worth of food every year according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Green Needham's October 22nd program on Food Waste  was a first step to bring together the Needham community to take action locally.  But Needham is far from alone in this effort.  This summer, Green Needham joined with  Wellesley's 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) committee to bring together representatives from area communities for a Food Waste summit.

Now, as a follow-up to our October 22nd educational program, Green Needham is pleased to be a supporting co-sponsor of  a film showing and presentation organized by the Wellesley 3R committee.
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"GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT: Solutions for Reducing Food Waste" will be held Tuesday, December 8th from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Wakelin Room of the Wellesley Free Library.  The program will explore possible options for food recycling and recovery, and will feature a screening of the food waste documentary, Just Eat It, inspired by Wellesley High School graduate Jonathan Bloom's book, American Wasteland.

Houses of Worship Take Climate Action
Faith communities in Massachusetts are intensifying their efforts to respond to the climate crisis.

Locally, members of First Parish in Needham Unitarian Universalist voted on November 8, with a resounding and unanimous "yes," to endorse an initiative responding to climate change. The decision to endorse the Unitarian Universalist "Commit2Respond" initiative is a pledge to work to reduce carbon emissions and to promote environmental justice by partnering with vulnerable communities that are hit hardest by climate change.
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Missed Green Needham's Oct. 22nd Program on Reducing Food Waste in Needham? Here's a Recap
An engaged audience and lively discussion at the Green Needham program on reducing food waste marked the beginning of efforts to address the issue in our own town. The October 22 presentation, co-sponsored by the Needham League of Women Voters, not only opened the conversation on what can be done to reduce food waste but also identified people interested in getting together to explore solutions that can be implemented locally.

Green Needham is already working with Wellesley's 3R group and our respective municipal organizations, and together we have built connections to other neighboring communities. Anyone interested in learning more or joining the effort in Needham should contact Green Needham at

The statistics on food waste are shocking. At a time when many Americans suffer from hunger, up to 40% of food of the food in the U.S. goes uneaten - culled as imperfect and unsalable by producers, discarded by grocery stores, uneaten by restaurant & cafeteria customers, and (accounting for 23% of the waste) thrown away in people's homes. The EPA estimates that in 2013, 95% of the 37 million tons of food waste went either to incinerators to be burned, or into landfills, where it rots and produces methane gas, a much stronger greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide of the food waste is sent.
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Michael Greis
Green Needham Collaborative

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