Green Decade:  August 2008 E-bulletin
This Green Decade message has been sent by the Green Decade Coalition/Newton to members and friends to update you on current events, environmental opportunities, and issues.

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1.  Wind Power for Your Home:  NSTAR Green

2.  August Environment Show: "North of Quabbin - Lessons in Land Protection" with Allen Young 

3.  GDC at the Farmers Market

4.  Newton Organic Garden Tour: Sept. 14
 
5.  Join GDC

6.  Other:  Hemlock Gorge Picnic & Concert; Composting Workshop; Angino Farm Tour and Farm Sprouts Programs; Swiss Style Swimming in the Charles River

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1.  WIND POWER FOR YOUR HOME: NSTAR GREEN

As of July 1, Newton homeowners can switch your electricity from conventional fuels (coal, oil, gas and nuclear) to wind power -- no more greenhouse gases, completely renewable!  NSTAR, has just been licensed by the Mass.  Dept. of Public Utilities for a 10-year contract with the Maple Ridge Wind Farm in upper New York State.  By choosing NSTAR Green, you can designate 50% or 100% of your electricity to come from this wind farm.

By switching to wind power, you will be helping wind farms succeed and expand, which will eventually lead to lower prices.  Right now wind power is slightly more expensive than conventional fuels, so switching to 100% wind power will add 6.2% to your electricity bill.  If your average bill is $50, it will go to $53; if it�s $80, it will go to $85.  If you�re not completely happy, you can switch back at any time.  And it takes just 60 seconds to switch!

For more information and to enroll go to NSTAR Green.  Click �enroll in NStar Green� and follow the directions.

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2.  AUGUST ENVIRONMENT SHOW: "NORTH OF QUABBIN - LESSONS IN LAND PROTECTION" WITH ALLEN YOUNG 

Newton Conservators Spring Lecture 2008 (Part 2)
Throughout the month of August

Newton's pure water originates in the Quabbin Reservoir in central Massachusetts, yet the area around Quabbin is unfamiliar to most residents except for perhaps birding and fishing enthusiasts.  Allen Young, land protection advocate and author of North of Quabbin Revisited: A Guide to Nine Towns North of the Quabbin Reservoir, is the featured speaker for the Newton Conservators Spring Lecture.  He will talk about exciting and sometimes difficult land protection and recreational opportunities there, which has relevance for the people of Newton who may appreciate the concept of saving the rural parts of the Commonwealth that are under so much development pressure. (Part 1 was shown in June.)
 
The Environment Show is broadcast on the NewTV Blue channel (Comcast Chan. 10, RCN Chan. 15, Verizon Chan. 34):
Mondays      3:00 p.m.
Tuesdays      1:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 11:30 a.m.
Thursdays:    12:00, 4:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays:    10:00 a.m.

Videos of previous Environment Show programs are now available for viewing online at the GDC website.  This monthly show is produced alternatively by the Green Decade and the Newton Conservators.

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3.  GDC AT THE  NEWTON FARMERS MARKET!

Tuesdays 1:30-6 pm at Cold Spring Park, Beacon St.
Fridays 1:30-6 pm at Post 440, California St., Nonantum
Sponsored by the Newton Parks & Recreation Department

Join us for another great season at the 29th Newton Farmers Market! The Green Decade will have our information and resource table under the red tent at both locations -- volunteers of all ages are welcome to join us, as always.  Back again this year by popular demand are the "Magic Energy Bike" and the giant caterpillars along with our new student volunteers!  Our friends from the Newton Angino Community Farm will also be at both markets this year, so stop by and see us both.

The Newton Farmers Markets are held twice weekly from July through October.  If you'd like to volunteer for a couple of hours at either location, please contact Margaret Ford, Community Outreach Coordinator, at mford@greendecade.org or 617-964-0606.

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4. GDC's NEWTON ORGANIC GARDEN TOUR IN SEPTEMBER

NEWTON ORGANIC GARDEN & LANDSCAPE TOUR
Sunday, September 14, 2008 1-5 pm
Meet at Newton City Hall at 12:30 pm
$20 per person, $15 for Green Decade members
Sponsored by the Green Decade Coalition/Newton

Join us for an afternoon guided tour of 4-5 organic gardens in Newton, featuring ornamental and edible gardens -- even an organically maintained lawn or two!  Each site will highlight a specific aspect of organic gardening, such as composting, watering techniques or plant selection. Learn more about organic gardening and tips for making your garden (or lawn) grow, with alternatives to invasive species and without chemical pesticides! The tour is limited to 25 people; we will meet at City Hall at 12:30 pm and car-pool to the gardens.

For additional information or advance ticket purchase, visit our website. Questions/information: contact Sunwoo Kahng, tour co-chair. �Sneak peeks" of the gardens will be available soon!

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5. JOIN THE GREEN DECADE NOW
Join the Green Decade, for as little as $25 for an individual/family membership!, $50 for a business membership or for students, only $10 for the year!   This year, new and renewing members will also receive a reusable shopping bag as our thank-you for joining the Green Decade!

Join or renew on-line and pay by credit card or download the membership form and mail with your check made out to GDC/N, to PO Box 590242, Newton, MA 02466.  Membership forms are also available in each issue of the Green News. For more information, contact 617-965-1995 or e-mail membership@greendecade.org.

As always, members receive discounts at GDC events and sponsoring businesses, plus the Green News newsletter, published 6 times each year and mailed to our members.  If you prefer to receive the Green News on-line, you will help save paper and postage costs. E-mail us at contact@greendecade.org and be sure to include your name and e-mail, along with Green News Online in the subject line
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6.  OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL EVENTS

Hemlock Gorge Reservation Free Outdoor Picnic and Concert
August 12, 6:00pm to Dusk
(Rain Date: August 19)
Hamilton Place, Needham, MA 
(located Central Avenue/Elliot Street)
Open to the public

Join the Friends of Hemlock Gorge for our Annual Summer Picnic and Free Outdoor Concert. Bring a picnic supper, your chair or blanket.  Grill will be provided.   Kick back and enjoy the country, rock, pop and folk music featuring Jenn Bostic and Kenny Silva.  Special Memorial Presentation for Hank Lysaght.  For more information and map, go to http://www.hemlockgorge.org.
 
The picnic/concert is a joint project of the Friends of Hemlock Gorge Reservation and the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation, the owner of the Hemlock Gorge Reservation.

Composting Workshop
Tuesday, August 19 at 6 pm
City of Newton Dept. of Environmental Affairs
110 Crafts Street

If you�re a beginner or still have questions, this workshop is for you! Learn the basics of how to compost and how to solve problems from Angie Sottile, Solid Waste Manager, and Sally Zuar, intern with GDC and the Environmental Affairs department.  Contact Angie Sottile to reserve a place or for questions:  617-796-1471 or asottile@newtonma.gov.

Farm Sprouts Programs for Kids and Parents
July 25, Aug. 1, Aug. 22, Sept 5, Sept. 19
Newton Angino Community Farm
303 Nahanton St., Newton
This summer bring your family to the farm for a farm-based story and activity. These one hour sessions are for 3 to 5 year olds and a parent to enjoy the fun of the farm.

Time: All sessions will be from 10:30 � 11:30am
Limit: 10 pairs of child and adult
Cost: $2.00 per session.
Please register at education@newtoncommunityfarm.org

Additional information:  617/916-9655 or www.newtoncommunityfarm.org

Guided Tours of the Newton Community Farm
Thursday August 28, 7-8 pm

Join a guided tour of the Newton Community Farm. Stroll through the Farm on a cool evening and enjoy its summer glory. The one-hour tour touches on the many facets of the Farm: its organic farming methods, its 300-year history as a family farm, and the life of the previous owners, the Anginos, who were a large Italian immigrant family. Take a look at the barn restoration that's in the first stage of becoming an educational space. Walk through the fields and learn what's growing well this year, visit the experimental orchard, and see the beehives and the teaching garden. The tour is led by Lucy Caldwell-Stair, an early promoter of the farm's acquisition by the City, and by farm manager Greg Maslowe.

Reservations/information: please contact Lucy Caldwell-Stair at newtoncommunityfarm@comcast.net.

Swiss Beach Day at the Charles
Sunday, September 7, 2:00-5:00 pm

Weeks Footbridge, Cambridge
Sponsored by the Charles River Conservancy and swissnex Boston

In a joint effort to bring swimming back to the Charles River, swissnex Boston is partnering with the Charles River Conservancy for an exhibit coming soon: "Think Swim, Think Swiss: Bringing Swiss Style Swimming to the Charles River". As the water quality of the Charles River continues to improve, it is time to make river swimming in the United States a reality as well. The exhibition, consisting of three dimensional Swiss cross kaleidoscopes, will display examples of Swiss bathing structures to explore the technological, environmental and cultural context of river swimming.

Registration and further information: http://www.thinkswiss.org/thinkswim.html

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