Boston GreenFest 2014
Boston City Hall Plaza
15 - 17 August 2014
Starts at Noon on Friday
Organized by the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. As the region's largest multicultural environmental music festival, Boston GreenFest celebrates the many ways we can create a better world by greening our lives and our communities. There will be interactive exhibits and continuous live entertainment. Find out how to save money and make your home more energy efficient. Come and enjoy vendors of unique crafts and products, as well as EcoFashion, ecoArt, BostonGreenFilmfest, great activities for kids, delicious food and much more! Free.
More information: www.bostongreenfest.org
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.
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!