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MBTA Proposing to Eliminate Several Newton Bus Routes

Greening our Community Series: For Cod and Country 6th Annual

Environmental Art Contest for Students

Winter Classes at Newton Community Farm

New England Wildflower Society Volunteer Fair

Blue Revolution - a Water Ethic for America

Environmental Action 2012

Greening our Community Series: Growing Green - Ask the Expert About Organic Gardening and Landscaping

Newton Unplugged and Connected 2012 - Events for Kids and Families

Special Offer for Newton Residents: Sign up for NSTAR home energy audit at no cost Please

Join/Renew your Green Decade Membership

MBTA Proposing to Eliminate Several Newton Bus Routes.

The routes include bus 52 (Centre Parker to Dedham); bus 170 (Waltham to W. Newton to Boston) and express buses 500, 554, and 555.  All Newton bus routes are under consideration for reduction or elimination.  These changes would put more cars on our roads, increasing traffic congestion, air pollution, and noise (road traffic is the most important single source of noise in urban environments).
Green Decade/Newton believes good public transit system is crucial to the livability of our villages and vital to the economic, social and environmental health of our region.  We urge the MBTA to look for other alternatives that will encourage and strengthen public transit.
You have until March 1 to tell the MBTA what you think by e-mail to; by regular mail to MBTA attn:  Fare Proposal Com., 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116; by phone 617-222-3200/TTY 617-222-5146.

Greening our Community Series: For Cod and Country

Feb. 27 (Mon.) – 7 pm at the Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium, 330 Homer St, Newton 02459

Barton Seaver, chef, author, speaker and National Geographic Fellow will talk about his mission to restore our relationships with the ocean, the land and each other—through dinner. Seaver, known for his devotion to quality, culinary innovation and sustainability, offers healthful plant friendly recipes in his book, For Cod & Country (Sterling Epicure, 2011). He has hosted the National Geographic web series Cook-Wise and the Ovation TV series In Search of Food. In 2008, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington honored him as a Seafood Champion and as Rising Culinary Star of the Year. The author will have copies of his book For Cod and Country for sale and inscription.
Barton Seaver,was featured in the Boston Globe’s Lifestyle section

6th Annual Environmental Art Contest for Students

Green Decade’s Environmental Art Contest is open to students in grades K-5 who live or attend school in Newton. Since 2012 is an election year, the theme is “If I were President, I would ________ to make America greener.”

Enter as an individual or in teams of 2, 3 or 4 students and using recycled materials is recommended, but not required, to create one of the following:

  • 2-dimensional posters (11”x17” max)
  • Sculptures (1 cubic foot -- 12” x 12” x12” max)
  • iMovies (3 minutes max)

Entries are due February 27 and the awards ceremony will be held Thursday, April 5 at the Newton Cultural Center. Green Medalists (first place) will receive a basket of eco-friendly art supplies andall participants will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony.  Each student will receive a certificate of participation and all participants names will be entered in a raffle for a basket of art supplies, valued at $35, to be drawn at the awards ceremony. Entries will be judged together in the same grade level. An additional prize will be awarded in the new afterschool program category.

The Newton Cultural Center will display the contest art in April. 
Students must register on-line to participate in this year’s contest at Contest details are on the Green Decade/Newton website, along with the Contest Registration Form.   Questions or information: 617-965-1995 or

Winter Classes at Newton Community Farm

For more info, visit    
Feb. 11, 9:30-11:30am- Walking in a Winter Wonderland, Marc Welch, Newton’s official arborist will lead a guided winter tree walk. 

New England Wildflower Society Volunteer Fair
Feb. 28 (Tues) 10-11:30 am the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd, Framingham 

New England Wild Flower Society seeks volunteers for a variety of capacities at Garden in the Woods and at other locations. There will be a brief presentation about volunteer opportunities, followed by refreshments and a tour of the facilities. Contact Bonnie Drexler, Education Director,, to register. For more information, visit or call Bonnie at 508-877-7630 Ext. 3302.

Blue Revolution - A Water Ethic for America
March 5 (Mon) 7pm at the Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium, 330 Homer St, Newton 02459 

Join award-winning journalist Cynthia Barnett as she describes an illusion of water abundance that has encouraged everyone, from homeowners to farmers to utilities, to tap more and more. She proposes the most important part of the solution is also the simplest and least expensive: a shared water ethic among citizens, government and major water users. Blue Revolution was recently named by the Boston Globe one of the best science books of 2011; her previous book, Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S., won the gold medal for best nonfiction in the Florida Book Awards. Co-sponsored by Green Decade, Newton Conservators, MWRA (Massachusetts Water Resources Authority) and the Waterworks Museum in Brookline. 

Environmental Action 2012
March 3, 9 am to 5 pm

Celebrate 25 years of environmental organizing victories with the Toxics Action Center at Northeastern University, Boston. Speakers include Jan Schlichtmann, the attorney who represented families in the 1980s in Woburn, MA where W. R. Grace and Company contaminated the drinking water with carcinogenic chemicals. The story was chronicled in the book and movie A Civil Action. Another featured speaker is Lois Gibbs, Executive Director of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ).  Her successful efforts to evacuate over 800 families and clean up the Love Canal neighborhood led to the creation of the federal Superfund program.  Individual Registration is $35 (includes lunch).  More information ( Questions:

Greening Our Community Series: Growing Green - Ask the Experts About Organic Gardening and Landscaping
March 26 (Mon) – 7 pm, at the Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium, 330 Homer St, Newton 02459

Expert landscape gardeners Risa Edelstein, Jessica Banhazi and Sarah Little will share secrets for creating ecological, edible, and beautiful yards and gardens. They will explain how to promote soil fertility and conserve water and energy, while treating pest problems and invasive plants without harmful chemicals. Risa Edelstein,President of the Ecological Landscaping Associationis a NOFA organic land care professional with a certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and Design. Jessica Banhazlfrom GreenCity Growers, oversees the installation and maintenance of organic vegetable gardens and has installed over 350 raised-beds. Sarah Little, Ph.D., is a Toxics Use Reduction Consultant working with the Northeast Organic Farming Association's (NOFA) organic landscaping training program and is the author of Introduction to Organic Lawns and Yards. Co-sponsored by Newton Community Farm.

March 30-31 The 30th National Pesticide Forum:Healthy Communities: Green solutions for safe environments at Kroon Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT, sponsored by Beyond Pesticides.  Speakers include David Hackenberg, the beekeeper featured in the film Vanishing of the Bees who first discovered Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and Gary Hirshberg, chairman and co-founder of Stonyfield Farm. See updated speakers list:  The conference site, Kroon Hall, ( is a showcase of the latest in green building technology and a beautiful healthy building.  Green Decade/Newton is a cosponsor. Register online:

Newton Unplugged and Connected 2012 - Events for Kids and Families 

Friday, March 23, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Saturday, March 24, 1 - 3pm
Thursday, March 29, 4 - 5pm
Various locations

Newton Unplugged & Connected is sponsored annually by the Child Abuse Prevention Program at the Newton Community Service Center. Visit for the full calendar of events during March.

“Spring in My Backyard” Workshop 3:30 pm
Celebrate Spring with us in the Art Room by planting seedlings, making a bird feeder from pinecones and discovering how to compost with wriggling red earthworms and may even have bunny rabbits as our special guests!. Ages 5 and up.
 — Newton Cultural Center, 225 Nevada Street, Newtonville
Co-sponsored by the Green Decade, Newton Community Farm and the Newton Pride Committee 

Family Bike Ride 1-3 pm
Details including route and meeting place to be announced
Co-sponsored by Bike Newton and the Green Decade. 

Magic Recycled Box Workshop 4 - 5 pm
What can you make from a box? A fort, a train, a robot? Bring your imagination and your friends and see what you can create from recycled materials. Ages 4 and up.
— Druker Auditorium, Newton Free Library
Co-sponsored by the Green Decade and the Newton Free Library

Special Offer for Newton Residents: Sign up for NSTAR home energy audit at no cost

The Mass Save Home Energy Services Program is providing special money and energy saving opportunities…

  • No-cost Home Energy Assessment to identify energy savings improvements
  • No-cost compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) to start saving energy immediately
  • 75% up to $2000 towards the installation of approved insulation improvements
  • Generous rebates for high efficiency heating and hot water equipment
  • 0% financing on eligible energy efficiency improvements
  • Sign up for a no cost assessment at or call 866-867-8729and mention Green Decade Newton

Please Join/Renew Your Green Decade Membership

Your membership will support our efforts to address issues of climate change and natural resource protection. We work to increase recycling, energy efficiency, bike lanes and the use of safe alternatives to toxic chemicals. 

The following is partial list of programs sponsored by Green Decade:

  • Newton Elementary School Environmental Art Contest
  • Newton Eco-team Projectto help reduce residential carbon emissions
  • Green Solutions Expopromoting green business practices
  • Greening Our Community Series(Environmental Speaker Series) and educational forums at the Library

Green Decade will continue our programs and activities into 2012 with your help:


Become a Green Decade/Newton member for as little as $25 for an individual/family membership, $50 for a business membership or for students, only $10 for the year! 

Join or renew on-line at or visit our membership page to print the membership form and mail with your check made out to GD/N, to PO Box 590242, Newton, MA 02466.  For more information, contact 617-965-1995 or e-mail

Members receive discounts at GD/N events and sponsoring businesses, plus the Green News newsletter, published 6 times each year and mailed to our members. If you prefer to receive it on-line, you will help save paper and postage costs. E-mail us at and be sure to include your name and e-mail, along with Green News on-line in the subject line. Remember, ONLY Green Decade members get the Green News sent to them! 

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