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Green needham meeting 2010 01-21

  1. 1. Green Needham Meeting January 21st, 2010 Welcome… Please sign in
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>3:35 - Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>3:40 – What’s under the Umbrella? </li></ul><ul><li>4:15 – Questions </li></ul><ul><li>4:30 – Needham in Motion </li></ul>
  3. 3. RTS Solar Photovoltaic <ul><li>Preliminary site survey shows potential to install 1 MW of solar PV </li></ul>2009: 2010: <ul><li>Completed feasibility study </li></ul><ul><li>Financing plan and options </li></ul><ul><li>Develop actionable plan through feasibility study ($5,000) </li></ul><ul><li>Secure community commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate financing options (public, private, incentives) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Wind Feasibility Study <ul><li>Town Commitment </li></ul><ul><li>$24,000 raised </li></ul>2009: 2010: <ul><li>Tower installed and measurements underway </li></ul><ul><li>Zoning by-law (May Town Meeting) </li></ul><ul><li>Finalized installation plan (plus any additional fundraising needed) </li></ul><ul><li>Active high school project </li></ul>
  5. 5. HEEI - Home Energy Efficiency Improvements <ul><li>Homeowner seminar developed and piloted </li></ul>2009: 2010: <ul><li>Five or more seminars hosted by new community partners </li></ul><ul><li>Published success stories </li></ul><ul><li>Recruit partner organizations and volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Bring on additional domain experts </li></ul><ul><li>Solicit external support </li></ul>
  6. 6. Green Community <ul><li>Put Green Community on the radar of key stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Developed plan for each required community commitment </li></ul>2009: 2010: <ul><li>Needham commits to achieving Green Community status </li></ul><ul><li>Municipal energy use reduction and commitment to energy-efficient vehicles </li></ul><ul><li>Siting for renewable energy R&D, generation or manufacturing </li></ul><ul><li>Stretch energy building code </li></ul>
  7. 7. Houses of Worship <ul><li>Environmental Stewardship Workshop attended by 8 Needham Houses of Worship </li></ul><ul><li>Publication of 3 Mass Interfaith Power & Light case studies </li></ul>2009: 2010: <ul><li>Houses of Worship host HEEI workshops (2 – 3) </li></ul><ul><li>Houses of Worship participation in “Needham in Motion” </li></ul>
  8. 8. 10% Energy Challenge <ul><li>Taken by 464 households </li></ul><ul><li>Commitments removing 4 million pounds of CO 2 from the atmosphere each year </li></ul>2009: 2010: <ul><li>Double the number of households taking the challenge – reach 1,000 </li></ul><ul><li>More contact with those who’ve taken the challenge – information, prizes </li></ul><ul><li>March: Coordinate with Needham Unplugged - reduce phantom energy </li></ul><ul><li>July: Coordinate with Community Farm – local produce </li></ul><ul><li>October: Weatherization Month </li></ul>
  9. 9. Needham Friends of Woods and Waters <ul><li>Proposals for community improvements submitted proposals to Park & Recreation Commission and the Planning Board </li></ul><ul><li>Sunday afternoon guided walks through town’s open spaces </li></ul>2009: 2010: <ul><li>Continue expert-led walks through the town. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a companion booklet to our 2008 &quot;Ferns & Fins Guide to Sidewalk Journeys through Needham&quot; </li></ul>
  10. 10. Green Kids <ul><li>Earth Day Celebrations </li></ul><ul><li>Green Kids Clubs </li></ul><ul><li>No Idling Campaigns </li></ul>All: By School: <ul><li>Safe Route to School Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Recycling Efforts - Nike Program, Cell phones </li></ul><ul><li>Tap Water Project </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse Project </li></ul><ul><li>Letter Writing - Hasbro, Dunkin Donuts </li></ul>PTC-run groups at Needham Elementary Schools
  11. 11. Pollard Environmental Action Team <ul><li>Junk Mail elimination project </li></ul><ul><li>Pollard Paper Recycling and planning for conversion to single stream </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with custodians and food service </li></ul>2009: 2010: <ul><li>Classroom impact for worm composting project </li></ul><ul><li>Web site </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing projects </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse projects - Passive Solar Heating Panel Demo, CSL Reports </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Turn 'em Off!&quot; light switch cover decorating contest </li></ul><ul><li>CFL sales to staff </li></ul>Umbrella for “All things green” at High Rock and Pollard
  12. 12. High School Environmental Club <ul><li>In-school improvements – more trash & recycling bins in hallways, cafeteria </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness – Club forums, NHS Student News </li></ul><ul><li>Events – Maple Syrup Fundraiser, PTC Craft Fair </li></ul>2009: 2010: <ul><li>Successful Stream Recycling at NHS </li></ul><ul><li>Open an environmentally friendly school store </li></ul><ul><li>In-school improvements - r educe hallway and classroom light usage, recyclable cafeteria trays </li></ul><ul><li>4 th Annual Maple Syrup Fundraiser </li></ul><ul><li>4 th Annual Faculty Appreciation Pancake Breakfast </li></ul><ul><li>Field trip to newly built energy efficient home in Norfolk </li></ul>
  13. 13. Grow – Olin Student Sustainability Team <ul><li>Formed as an organization </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrated charcoal burn technique for developing countries </li></ul>2009: 2010: <ul><li>Demonstrate wind-belt technology </li></ul><ul><li>Train students to run home energy audits </li></ul><ul><li>Join Massachusetts Power Shift and participate in events with Wellesley College </li></ul>
  14. 14. Needham Community Farm <ul><li>Educational/Community Offerings, Food Pantry donations </li></ul><ul><li>Community Farming Forum </li></ul><ul><li>School Collaborations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mitchell “Food for Thought” Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliot & Broadmeadow planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EPA Grant Application for Teacher Training Program </li></ul></ul>2009: 2010: <ul><li>Obtain use of Brewster Drive location to expand production and educational offerings </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with Olin College to build “Living Lab” </li></ul><ul><li>Upcoming Event: Sustainable Harvest: Local Food Initiatives in Needham </li></ul>
  15. 15. Needham Bikes <ul><li>Needham Bikes formed & web site created </li></ul><ul><li>Over 230 members signed up </li></ul><ul><li>Two Family Fun Rides, with over 80 riders total </li></ul><ul><li>Town approval to implement first phase of bicycle plan </li></ul>2009: 2010: <ul><li>Non-profit corporation with 501c3 status </li></ul><ul><li>Complete phase 1 – installation of bike signs </li></ul><ul><li>Drive awareness and participation through events such as Needham Bike Week and Tour de Needham </li></ul>
  16. 16. with your participation now…in 2010 Needham will be a sustainability leader as we celebrate our 300 th year in 2011
  17. 17. <ul><li>Green Needham Collaborative: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.GreenNeedham.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Green Needham Collaborative Wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>wiki.GreenNeedham.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>10% Energy Challenge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>challenge.GreenNeedham.org </li></ul></ul>

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