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Our resource page is a reference to help you live greener. Please let us know if you would like us to add a resource.

Tip: Recycle your compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) at the local Acton Ace Hardware.

Tip: Reduce junkmail; stop delivery of phone directories at www.yellowpagesgoesgreen.org.

Tip: The Acton Memorial Library has three Kill-A-Watt electric usage meters for loan to Acton residents. The meters plug into a wall socket and an appliance to assess how efficiently the appliance works by displaying the power consumption in kilowatt-hour. For info, call the Reference Desk (978-264-9641 option 3).

Households

Recycling, Low Impact Living, Toolkits, Products and Rebates

  • The Town of Acton Recycling Guidelines categorizes recycling materials, explains how to prepare recyclable goods and lists what not to include when recycling at the Acton Transfer Station.
  • The Acton Water District provides information on water conservation for Acton residents; they sell rain barrels in the spring.
  • Earth 911.com/recycling gives recycling basics including Recycling 101, a Recyclo-pedia and a search engine for finding local recycling centers.
  • Acton FreeCycle is a nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and keeping good stuff out of landfills.
  • Campaign Earth offers simple solutions to today's most pressing environmental issue, climate change. See straightforward actions that help everyone make a difference.
  • Concord Conserves is a handbook for low impact living. This online resource deals with combating climate change and environmental degradation.
  • Natural Resources Defense Council provides how-to guides and a Green Living Toolkit.
  • Green Peony is a daily website for people who want to live a happy, healthy, and green lifestyle.
  • Healthy Lawns for Families offers alternatives to pesticides for lawn care.

Horticulture and Agriculture

Sustainable Gardening, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) & Local Farms

  • Organic Land Care, a division of NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) provides information about organic lawns, finding organic landscapers, and how-to guides. new!
  • The future of sustainable food and farming in New England is a great primer that's informed by (and extends) the broader goals embedded in the notions of relocalization and local resilience.
  • The Climate-Friendly Gardener is a Guide to Combating Global Warming from the Ground Up.
  • Safe Lawns brings organic products and service suppliers together with organic consumers.
  • Acton Boxborough Farmer's Market is held each Sunday from 10am to 1pm, July 12 through November 1, in West Acton Village.
  • Local Harvest tells you everything you need to know about supporting local food production and consumption including a searchable list of local farms and farmer's markets, harvest dates, forums, blogs, newsletters, and recipes.
  • Gardens.com lists links and directions to Massachusetts CSA farms.
  • Eat Well Guide is a search engine for finding good food—local, sustainable, organic. Find stores, bakeries, online shopping, CSAs, butchers, restaurants, farmer's market, and more.
  • ATTRA is the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, an agency that helps agricultural producers connect with customers by compiling directories.

Businesses

Green Travel Choices and Building Guidelines

  • Bartlett Greenhouse offers business-oriented links, for example, green hotels, rental cars and airlines.
  • U. S. Green Building Council provides details about the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System and describes LEED certification.