Newtonville Village Day
Sunday, September 28, Noon – 5pm
This event will feature a Jazz Festival and dance performances all day on two sound stages and fun activities for kids. Food galore, face painting, roaming railroad and local merchants & promotions! And be sure to stop by Green Decade’s booth!
Endocrine Disruptors in Household Products
Sunday, September 28, 11:45am –2pm
Endocrine disruptors are chemicals found in household products including soup can linings, shampoos, cosmetics, flame retardants, and pesticides. Research suggests adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological consequences from endocrine disruptors and they are linked to breast cancer, prostate cancer, and other hormonal cancers. They may also pose great risk during prenatal and early postnatal development when organ and neural systems are forming.An expert panel will include:
- Julie Brody, PhD, Executive Director of Silent Spring Institute.
- Doris Lewis, PhD, Professor Emerita, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Suffolk University,
- Laura Hake, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, Boston College.
Newton Community Farm Fall Festival
Enjoy live music, farm tours, children’s activities, farm produce, baked goods, delicious food, and more. Free admission, purchase tickets at entrance for food and some activities
Pie Judging Contest:
Bake your best apple pie and enter it in our first pie judging contest. Pies must be delivered to the farm between 9-10am on the day of the event. Judging will be at 1:30pm by small group of local “celebrity” judges. After pies are judged, they will be sold at the bake sale.
Prized Vegetable Contest:
Enter a tomato, an eggplant, and/or a squash grown in your home garden. Vegetables will be judged by Farmer Greg and other farm “experts”. Bring to the farm 9-10am on 9/28. Vegetables and ribbons can be picked up at the end of the event.
For more info contact: Mara at email@example.com
EcoBoston Sustainable Foods Event
Wednesday October 1, 6 - 9 pm
District Hall, Boston
Network with eco-minded professionals from the Boston area who are passionate about healthy, sustainable living, while enjoying the water views from District Hall, Boston’s newest community space for collaboration and innovation.
GREEN SOLUTIONS EXPO
This year’s Newton/Needham Chamber of Commerce EXPO showcases solutions you can use to reduce your carbon footprint and over 50 exhibitors in one area. Come enjoy the Newton Harvest Fair which also features continuous entertainment, food and games for the kids. Get tips on how to live a “green” life style. See exhibitors with green products, services and ideas. See how far electric cars can take you before you have to switch to gasoline. See the advanced Tesla electric car. Find out how you can convert to solar electricity and reduce your electric bills without spending thousands. Have a green lawn all summer without watering and only cut once a month. This year’s EXPO will include games and activities for kids.
Solar Flair Energy, Inc. is the first sponsor to sign up for this year’s EXPO. Solar Flair is a Massachusetts based company that was selected for the Solarize Mass Newton program by the City.
Wild Plants I Have Known and Eaten
Tuesday October 21, 7 pm
Newton Free LIbrary
Cosponsored by Green Decade/Newton and the Newton Conservators.
The area in and around Newton is home to over 70 species of edible wild plants, some of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts, and species of edible mushrooms. Join expert forager Russ Cohen for an illustrated talk that will cover over 40 of the tastiest species the region has to offer—from plants everyone knows like daisies and dandelions, to plants many have never have heard of like calamus and carrion flower. Learn about local mushroom species including morels in the spring, black chanterelles in the summer and hen of the woods mushrooms in the fall. Russ, author of “Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten,” will present information on identification tips, edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and preparation methods, along with general guidelines for safe and environmentally-responsible foraging. Russ will also bring foraged goodies for people to taste.
Food Day Celebration!
Friday October 24, 5:00 - 6:30pm
Whole Foods Market
916 Walnut Street, Newton
Food Day is a national celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food. To honor the occasion, Whole Foods Market (on the corner of Walnut and Beacon Streets) is generously hosting a special celebration, including free pizza and other refreshments. If interested, please R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trade and Recycle Day
Newton Recycling Committee's Trade & Recycle Day
Free! Bring/Take good household items, bicycles, books, CD/DVDs, clothing, useable building materials. Drop-off items (8a-1p) for Newton residents only (ID required) - No non-working items, No Junk! All regular recycling items accepted: paper, plastic, glass, metal, rechargeable batteries, fluorescent bulbs, print cartridges. No paint or hazardous waste. Anyone can take items from 8am-2pm.
Energy Smart Newton Challenge offers incentives!
The goal: 500 no-cost home energy assessments and 120 heating and cooling assessments by 12/31/13. Green Decade’s partner group, Next Step Living provides $10 and $25 gift certificates to Newton residents to use at one of six restaurants after completing a Mass Save home energy assessment or heating and cooling assessment with Next Step Living by the deadline. Participating restaurants include O’Hara’s, Paddy’s, Rox’s Diner, Terry O’Reilly’s Pub, Cabot’s Ice Cream and Restaurant and The Local.
Next Step Living will also:
- Contribute $400 to support Green Decade’s education projects and award a $100 Whole Foods raffle prize for every 100 Newton home energy assessments completed by 12/31/13.
- Contribute an additional $400 to Green Decade and another $100 raffle prize to use at Whole Foods for every 50 Newton heating and cooling system assessments completed during the Challenge.
Visit nextsteplivinginc.com/gdn or call 866-867-8729. Please mention Green Decade Newton!
Newton Farmers Market —
Sponsored by the Newton Parks & Recreation Department
Join us at both Newton Farmers Markets this year We have information on green living, the Caterpillar Club, the Magic Energy Bike and more! Volunteers of all ages also welcome: contact email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-964-0606.
Recycling Sticker Project
Green Decade and Newton's Dept. of Public Works are seeking volunteers to walk around our neighborhoods to place "recycling education stickers" onto all residential green bins. The "Recycle Sticker Project" will help remind everyone of what may or may not be placed in our green bins. Funding for printing the stickers has been provided by Green Decade, Whole Foods Markets Newton and Waste Management with a goal to raise awareness about recycling not only to benefit our environment, but to also reap substantial financial savings on the cost of disposing the City's trash.
Please sign-up here.
Newton Eco-Team Project
Eco-Teams, groups of 5-8 people from different households, meet three or four times to work through a fun, easy-to-use workbook called The Low Carbon Diet, which shows, step-by-step, how to dramatically reduce CO2 output in just a month's time. You learn to:
- Calculate your CO2 footprint with an easy-to-use online carbon calculator.
- Create cool household systems that save the earth while saving you money.
- Take on cool lifestyle practices to reduce CO2 emissions.
Form an Eco-Team with friends, neighbors, colleagues, or your faith community! With simple changes to actions you take every day, you’ll learn how to reduce your annual household CO2 output by 25%.
Visit the Newton Eco-Team Project website for more information on the project, to see the list of participating partners/organizations and more!