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).
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.
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.