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Environmental Speaker Series

Green Decade Events

Other Events April

2011 Edition of GreenBin

See the Problem of Plastic Debris

Join the Green Decade for 2011

Remembering Steve Barry

Celebration of life

April 9 (Saturday) 1 pm In the Shea Room of Boston College

Friends and family will honor the memory of Steve Barry,  
Green Decade's highly regarded Board member, who unexpectedly passed away on March 13, 2011.

A special Green Decade Fund has been established in memory of Steve. Contributions may be mailed to Green Decade/Newton P.O. Box 590242, Newton Centre, MA 02459

Environmental Speaker Series

At the Newton Free Library

April 11 (Monday) 7:00 pm

Best selling author and Boston College Professor, Juliet B. Schor, will talk on her most recent book, Plentitude: The New Economics of True Wealth. The book reveals how amajor shift to new sources of wealth, green technologies, and different ways of living, individuals and the country as a whole, can actually be better-off and more economically secure. Co-sponsored by the Newton Free Library.

Other Green Decade Events

Please join us!

April 1 (Friday) 6:30pm
Join us for EnviroJam in Little Theatre at NNHS!
Back for the 4th year! Featuring the musical talents of Newton North High School students and teachers. All proceeds go to Green Decade Newton for renewable energy development, and disaster relief in Japan.  Tickets $5.00 (available at NNHS). Visit Green Decade’s events page listings for more information.
April 6 (Wednesday) 6:30pm
Student Environmental Art Contest Awards
Newton Cultural Center, 225 Nevada St, Newtonville.
We had a record high of 175 students participating! See an exhibit of contest art at Newton City Hall from April 11-22. Go to for more information.
April 7 (Thursday) 7:15pm
Safe Alternatives Workshop
Green Decade member, Ronda Jacobson, invites Newton residents to attend a workshop in her Newton Centre home to provide practical tips for using safe alternatives to toxic chemicals at home and in our community. Elizabeth Saunders from The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow will present the information. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to
April 22 (Friday)Celebrate Earth Day
with Green Decade at Whole Foods Markets, where information will be provided to residents on safe lawns, ways to reduce home energy usage, and how to save on utility bills. Whole Foods will generously provide an assortment of tasty refreshments as part of the celebration. Volunteers are needed to staff each of the tables in pairs, so if you would like to volunteer to help in this way for only an hour or two, please contact
For more information see

Other Events
That you may find of interest.

April 5 (Tuesday) 8:30-noon
Protecting Watershed Resources in a Changing Climate
Sheraton Colonial Hotel North Conference,One Audubon Rd, Wakefield
Sponsored by the Saugus River Watershed Council, this free event will provide an excellent opportunity for learning about protecting watershed resources and local infrastructure while dealing with heavy rainstorms, extended dry periods, sea level rise, and other environmental challenges associated with climate change.  Topics include: low impact development, climate change in New England, green design - LEED, stormwater controls, and guidance for DEP's new stormwater management. For more info, click here.
April 7 & 9 - NOFA/Mass Statewide Organic Lawn Days; “Organic Lawns for Homeowners”
Come learn about organic lawn care methods and maintenance by attending one of a dozen statewide organic lawn care workshops. Registration is required. Workshop fee $25.For more information, visit
April 14 (Thursday) 8:30am - 4:30pm
Toxics Use Reduction Community Conference (TURI)
Marriott Newton,2345 Commonwealth Ave., Newton, MA
The TURI Community Program provides grants and assistance to communities to tackle toxics issues. The goal of this conference is to share successful TUR models and inspire and encourage future grantees and others to replicate and expand on previously executed projects. The cost of the all-day conference and lunch is $35 – registration info is available at  Sponsored by the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute.
April 15 (Friday) 8:00am-4:00pm
The First Annual Massachusetts Sustainable Communities Conference
Bringing together peers and experts at Holiday Inn Marlborough, MA. Registration required. For conference details visit
April 15 (Friday)
“Something in the Air: Climate Change, Science and Policy”
Radcliffe Gymnasium,10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard, 617-495-8600
This science symposium will take a cross-disciplinary approach to the topic of climate and policy. Atmospheric and environmental scientists, engineers, archaeologists, and scholars of public health, economics, and government will come together to address and debate topics fundamental to our understanding of the science of climate change and the policies that result. These issues will be considered in relation to the recent UN Climate Change Conferences and the worldwide economic downturn. Registration (free) is required by April 8. 
To register, click here.
April 16 (Saturday) 9:00am  
Spring walk bird walk on the upriver trails of the Charles between Waltham and Auburndale.
Meet at the Watch Factory Parking Lot on Curve Street.
This event is sponsored by the Newton Conservators and the Waltham Land Trust. Trip Leaders: Alison Leary Mooradian and Ted Kuklinski from the Newton Conservators. For more information visit, or contact trip leader at 617-821-5619
April 21st (Thursday) 11:00am-2:00pm
Lobby at the State House for the Environment
Join us at the State House for an Earth day celebration and Lobby Day. Visit with your legislators to push for passage of important environmental bills, like the Safer Alternatives Bill, and Plastic bag reduction bills, and full funding for environmental programs. Meet at the Grand Staircase (2nd floor), The State House Boston. For more information email
April 21 (Thursday), 7:30pm
Solar Energy Info Seminar
NewtonCultural Center, 225 Nevada St., Newtonville
Sunlight Solar Energy will host an info seminar on solar energy and incentives that make solar more affordable.  The presentation will provide an overview of solar technology, how to avoid rising utility rates and reduce energy consumption. This event is free and open to the public; food and drink will be provided. To pre-register call 617-332-1870 or email

April 2011 Edition of GreenBin
Quarterly e-newsletter of the Newton DPW Division of Environmental Affairs  

Click here to view it on-line.


  • Yard Waste Collections begin the week of 4/11
  • Purchase a Rain Barrel
  • Hazardous Waste Collections  

See the Problem of Plastic Debris
One Sea Turtle's Worth of Plastic

Click here for the full article .

According to a 2006 report from the U.N. Environment Programme, every pound of plankton in the central Pacific Ocean is offset by about 6 pounds of litter. The report adds that every square mile of ocean is home to nearly 50,000 pieces of litter, much of which tends to harm or kill wildlife that either ingests the plastic or gets trapped in discarded netting

Join the Green Decade for 2011

Join the Green Decade now for 2011! 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 and pay by credit card or visit our Membership page to download the membership form and mail with your check made out to GD/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

As always, 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.

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