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.
For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or join us at our next meeting.
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:
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). You can follow or join this campaign at our website ActonTrash.info.
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.
Another projects is to help launch a permanent Drop & Swap location at the Transfer Station. This is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2015.
The Solarize Acton Community Team, staffed by Green Acton members, wishes to thank 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.
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
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 boston.com article. Find out more.
Recycling at the Acton Transfer Station
Now that the Town is headed toward a Pay As You Throw program, Green Acton has turned its focus to education. In order to get the best and clearest information to residents, we’ll need to research the answers to people’s important recycling questions. Write to us with all your questions about recycling at the Transfer Station at email@example.com, and we’ll do the research to get you correct and up-to-date answers. One place to begin is the information on the Town’s website: Read the Town’s Guidelines. See anything missing there? We’ve started filling in the gaps in this recycling document.
Acton 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.
Time Trade Circle
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
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
The Great Acton Energy Challenge
Sign up and your Acton household can geta free thermal image!
Every house leaks energy. But 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.
Acton-Boxborough Farmers Market 2014: June 15–Oct. 26
Updated: November 23, 2014
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