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Green Needham Update:
January, 2018   
Upcoming Events 
Mon. March 19th
7-8:30 p.m.
Needham High School-Room 206
609 Webster St.

Thurs. Apr 26th 7-8:30 p.m.
Needham High School-Room 206
609 Webster St.



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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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Dear  , "Fossil Free Fast" Watch Party at First Parish in Needham
Join us on Wednesday, January 31 for a live-streamed viewing of's "Fossil Free Fast" event. The "Watch Party" will take place at First Parish in Needham, 23 Dedham Ave. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the video will start at 8 p.m.  The live-streamed event will be viewed by people across the country and will feature Sen. Bernie Sanders, co-founder Bill McKibben, and other community organizers and climate movement leaders who will lay out a plan to address the climate crisis.  

Meet others who want to organize to build local power and take climate action to end the use of fossil fuels and transition our world to 100% renewable energy. Find out what you can do to begin to build the Fossil Free future we need.  

The Watch Party is sponsored locally by the First Parish Green Congregation Committee, the Green Needham Collaborative and the Needham League of Women Voters.

Can you join us? Please RVSP to this free event so we can send you updates and last minute details.
Click here for details and to RSVP.    
Needham streets may soon be illuminated by new LED streetlights

After conducting a study, the Department of Public Works has listed a streetlight conversion project as part of its capital plan for FY19. A new project, the conversion has been listed as Tier 2 - to be funded if additional capital becomes available. Significant annual savings - $94,578 - work in its favor, and a funding request for the project may go before Town Meeting in the spring, according to Carys Lustig, Supervisor of Administration for the DPW.

Lustig recently updated Green Needham on the details of the project and the feedback the town received from residents.  Read more...

Top 10 Recycling Challenges at the Needham RTS

At Green Needham's November 29th " Toward Zero Waste" event, Greg Smith (Needham's Superintendent of Recycling and Solid Waste) presented his list of Needham's top 10 recycling challenges:
  1. Keep plastic wrap and bags out of the recycling containers.
  2. Keep trash out of the recycling containers.
  3. Ensure that all containers put in the recycling containers are rinsed out and clean.
  4. Educate residents about placing cardboard in the cardboard recycling bin, not the paper recycling containers.
  5. Educate residents about where to dispose of bulky rigid plastics.
  6. Make residents aware of good recycling practices.
  7. Increasing Needham's recycling rates.
  8. Not enough staff to adequately fulfill all requirements at the RTS, given the level of service provided.
  9. Keeping the organics (composting) area free of non-organic matter.
  10. The RTS is a large facility, but has very limited space to expand services.   Read more ...



Michael Greis
Green Needham Collaborative