Greening Our Community: Little Changes: Tales of a Reluctant Home Eco-Momics Pioneer
GREENING OUR COMMUNITY SERIES
Monday, January 6, 2014
Co-sponsored by Green Decade/Newton and the Newton Free Library
Join author Kristi Marsh for the kick-off of the Green Decade/Newton's Greening Our Community Speaker Series.
Kristi Marsh is the founder of ChooseWiser.com, the author of Little Changes, a breast cancer survivor, and an inspiring advocate for safer products, smarter laws, and healthier families. Kristi was a happily married mom of three young children when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Like all newly diagnosed cancer patients she began seriously reading and researching. She soon learned how little she knew about the hidden dangers in her personal care products and the sweet-smelling products on store shelves. She began a journey to become an educated consumer.
Her curiosity and courage led her to meet other like-minded people and health advocates — breast cancer patients, families fighting asthma and autism, women with reproductive issues and endometriosis, and supportive doctors and nurses. She discovered the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the Environmental Working Group and the Massachusetts Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow. Her passion to share her knowledge transformed her from an everyday-me to becoming a Mom on a Mission. Now she is a nationally celebrated speaker at conferences, book clubs, and legislative hearings, gifted at inspiring and empowering others to join the movement for healthier homes and safer communities.
Elizabeth Saunders will join the Q&A following Kristi's talk. Saunders is Director of Clean Water Action/Massachusetts, (www.cleanwateraction.org/ma) and Coordinator of the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow (AHT), a coalition of citizens and scientists working to correct fundamental flaws in government policies that allow harm to our health and environment. (www.healthytomorrow.org)
A book signing will follow the program
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or 617-964-0606.
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!