Green Acton








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Green Acton is a group of volunteers working to conserve resources and encourage sustainability in Acton, Massachusetts. More


Let's make Acton a better place to live—for current residents and future generations. Please join us.


Green Acton meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, except August, in one of the Acton Memorial Library meeting rooms from 7:00pm-8:50pm. All are welcome! For more details, see the calendar.


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For more information, please email: or join us at our next meeting.

Upcoming Events

Acton Solar Seminar, Tuesday March 22, 7 PM

Green Acton teams up with the Acton Green Advisory Board to bring you up-to-date and unbiased information on how you can get solar electricity into your home. For More Information

Acton Cleanup Day, Saturday April 30, 10 AM

Join Friends and neighbors in taking care of Acton. You can make  difference in a neighborhood, or along a street.  For More Information

Ongoing Initiatives

Zero Waste Research and Advocacy

The Drop & Swap and Acton Clean-up Day teams are working on a new project—to understand the flow of stuff through Acton and to reduce the amounts that are thrown out. We have started looking at how to:

Increase recycling & composting
Get gently used items into the hands of people that want them
Make this all happen in Acton where we have both private haulers and a town transfer station.

Pay As You Throw at the Transfer Station

Our major project right now is supporting the Town Transfer Station staff in designing and implementing a trash pricing sytem that will drastically reduce trash and greatly increase recycling. This system is known as SMART PAYT (Save Money and Reduce Trash: Pay As You Throw).

On Tuesday April 7, 2015, Town meeting voters approved Article 22, a recommendation to the Selectmen to implement a Pay As You Throw system at the transfer station.

The latest information on this program, which launched September 1, 2015 is at

Another project is to help launch a permanent Drop & Swap location at the Transfer Station: It is now open on Fridays and Saturdays until the end of October, and will open up again in the Spring

Solarize Acton

The Solarize Acton Community Team, staffed by Green Acton members, wishes to thank Solarize Acton logo everyone involved. Acton will have 179,122 new watts of solar photovoltaic (PV) power and 200 square feet of new solar hot water panels, for a total equivalent to 188,232 Watts from 34 PV and 3 hot water contracts with 35 households and one business. We reached Tier 4 pricing, bringing the basic price per watt down from $4.89 to $4.14. New England Clean Energy, the hardworking company chosen as Solarize Acton's installer, has finished two of the installations already, and will be busy over the next 12 months finishing all the others.

Nearly 500 households asked for solar power assessments, and many more learned about solar power. By October, almost every Acton resident we asked had heard of Solarize Acton. Some households that couldn't be served by New England Clean Energy because of the specific terms of the Solarize Acton contract found other installers, and other households are in ongoing conversations with New England Clean Energy about future installations when trees get cut down or when financial circumstances change. The impact of the momentum we created together will continue for years into the future. Well done!

Acton Transition Study Group

Local Residence & Relocalization

The idea of Transition movement is to help communities find ways to deal with the large and layered challenges of peak oil, climate change, and the economic crisis. Find out more about Acton's Transition Study Group.

Rail Shuttle and Dial-a-Ride

The Town of Acton started two new shuttle bus services that benefit commuters and help the environment. Read the Beacon article.

South Acton train station The MinuteVan Commuter Shuttle helps alleviate parking problems at the South Acton train station. The van runs from the West Acton Fire Station on Central Street to the MBTA Commuter Rail Station from 6:45–9:25am and 5:10–7:30pm.

The MinuteVan Dial-A-Ride Shuttle takes residents anywhere within Acton and to a few locations in Concord, Boxborough and Maynard. The service runs from 8:00–11:00 AM and 3:15–8:15 PM Monday through Friday. Call 24 hours in advance to book your trip.

Outdoor Lighting

Light pollution from excess articial light causes problems for people and wildlife. Sometimes we cannot even see the stars because of unnecessary artificial lights shining upward. We can reduce the problem through community awareness, legislation (for example, requiring shielding on outdoor lights), and improved lighting technology. Read about Good Neighbor Outdoor Lighting.

In the News

Green Schools

Siemen's "We Can Change The World" Challenge

The Planet Chillers team from RJ Grey Junior High School taught Green Acton about the impact of Livestock Farming. Please take a minute to review their material and then fill out a brief 6-question survey.

Green Ribbon Award to ABRSD-APS

The Acton-Boxborough Regional School District (ABRSD) and the Acton Public Schools (APS) were awarded the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award (ED-GRS). The ED-GRS award honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs, improving the health and wellness of students and staff, and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways. ABRSD-APS is one of only fourteen US school districts to receive this honor in 2013. Read the article. Find out more.

Green Ribbon Award

Community Projects

Recycling at the Acton Transfer Station

Now that the Town has started the Pay As You Throw program as of Sep 1, 2015, Green Acton has turned its focus to education. In order to get the best and clearest information to residents, we've prepared a two-page recycling guide with the latest verified information about recycling at the Transfer Station Write to us with all your questions about recycling at the Transfer Station at, and we’ll do the research to get you correct and up-to-date answers.

Solar Installations

Solar in ActonActon has been adding PV solar to our energy supply since 2007 when AB PIP STEM and the schools collaborated to install a 2kW demonstration array on top of the snack shack at the football field. Since that time, much progress has been made on installing solar to supply school and municipal use.

These arrays have all been accomplished at zero cost to the schools and town, and provide electricity at a substantial discount below that purchased from NSTAR.
100 kW array on the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School roof
100 kW array on the R. J. Grey Junior High roof
80 kW array on the Douglas Elementary School roof
80 kW array on the DPW roof
1,590 kW array on the municipal landfill site currently under construction.
In addition, Acton participated in the "Solarize Mass" program in 2012 resulting in the installation of 35 residential systems totaling 179 kW.

Time Trade Circle

Bartering System

Consider joining Time Trade Circle, a barter system where neighbors help neighbors. When you spend an hour of your time performing a service for somebody, you get a credit of one Timebank Hour. Whether you give a music lesson, take care of someone's pet, volunteer at a community center, or help someone get to a doctor's appointment, one actual hour equals one Timebank Hour. Find out more.

ABRHS Green Flag Award Ceremony

Green Flag Award Acton-Boxborough Regional High School won the prestigious international Green Flag award. ABRHS was the 4th school in the United States to receive this honor! The award recognized significant success in energy conservation and other green initiatives. See the ABRHS sustainability website, and this coverage in the Acton Patch, and an article and photos in the Beacon.

Acton Clean-up Day Recap

Thanks to all who participated in the 17th annual Acton Clean-up Day from 10am to 4pm. Green Acton and AB PIP STEM donated compostable cups for the event. Special thanks to those local businesses who picked up trash near their workplace.

Green Acton's Drop & Swap

Thanks for attending Green Acton's 3rd annual Drop & Swap at Conant School on Saturday, May 5. This FREE EVENT was an opportunity for the community to recycle and repurpose usable items.

2011 Drop/Swap Event

The Great Acton Energy Challenge

Sign up and your Acton household can geta free thermal image!

Every house leaks energy. Home Energy AuditBut where, and how much? That's your money radiating away from your home. Green Acton,Town of Acton and AB PIP STEM teamed with Sagewell, Inc. to offer a FREE, non-intrusive Energy Analysis to Acton homeowners. More than 600 households have joined. Find out more or sign up for The Great Acton Energy Challenge! Watch the The Great Acton Energy Challenge video.

Local Events

Acton-Boxborough Farmers Market 2014: June 15–Oct. 26

Acton Farmer's Market
The 2014 vendor lineup is terrific — many veterans are returning, and some great new producers will bring, among other items, goat milk products, mushrooms, organic pasta and sauces, Ayrshire cheeses, honey, and an even broader array of farm-fresh veggies.

The 2014 ABFM season runs every Sunday, 10am to 1pm, from June 15 through October 26. Visit

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