Phyllis Theermann

Bring the whole family to the GO GREEN Needham Expo at Needham Town Hall on Saturday, November 10th, from 10 AM to 4 PM. Find out how going green can help put money in your pocket and a smile on your face. There will be fun and inspiration for everyone!

-Learn how switching to renewable energy such as solar and geothermal will save you money

-Check out and test drive Electric Vehicle

-Take a ride on an Electric Bike

– Watch your kids build and race solar-powered cars

– Make music from junk

– Try the latest higher-powered yet quieter electric lawn mowers and leaf blowers

– Taste delicious food that’s healthier for you and the planet

-Listen to informative talks on climate change, statewide legislative efforts to address climate change, sustainable landscaping, and more

-Attend enlightening talks on a range of sustainability-related topics

– Learn about local outdoor hikes and activities right here in our backyard

– Talk to organizations who are working towards solutions to the climate crisis

– Learn sustainable gardening and the benefits of buying local food

Confirmed Exhibitors

Needham Community Farm
Growing fresh produce for those in need (in Needham, MA).

Green Energy Consumers Alliance
Enabling everyday people to make green choices in the most cost-effective, practical, and seamless ways possible.

Environment Massachusetts
Protecting the places we love, advancing the environmental values we share, and winning real results for our environment.

Home Works Energy
Energy Efficiency. Simplified. Our aim is to make it simple for you to have a greener home, and save some green too.

New England Solar Hot Water
Find out how easy it can be to switch to solar hot water, and how the benefits of renewable energy can help you save money and the environment.

Eastern Wind Power
Designing, building, and testing wind turbines mounted on high-rise buildings or pole mounted in open, high wind areas.

Needham Garden Center
Providing customers with higher quality products and services in a friendly, family-like atmosphere.

Volante Farms
A family run business passed down through four generations, Volante Farms is a place for all seasons.

Hartney Greymont
Our certified arborists take a holistic and environmentally-friendly approach to performing proven services that ensure the health and beauty of your trees for years to come.

Garden Mentor
Do you have a yard? A garden? A landscape? Whatever you call it, I can show you how to make it more beautiful and less work.

GeoOrbital Electric Wheel Company
Make your bike electric in 60 seconds.

Landry’s Bicycles
Founded in 1922, Landry’s Bicycles is collectively owned by our dedicated employees and rated as one of “America’s Best Bike Shops.”

MassBike
Promoting a bicycle-friendly environment and encouraging bicycling for fun, fitness, and transportation.

Charles River YMCA
Operating out of two locations in Needham, Charles River YMCA is one of the community’s leading social service providers.

Bash the Trash

For over 25 years Bash the Trash has been building, performing, and educating with musical instruments made from recycled and reused materials.

Needham Community Council
Supporting people in Needham who have under-met health, educational, and social needs.

Needham High School Environmental Club
We are a group of students dedicated to promoting a greener community and environmental awareness.

Mass Climate Action Network
MCAN works with more than 40 communities to help them take action against climate change.

City Compost
We make the best compost we can, so the healthiest, cleanest food can grow for you.

Needham Recycling & Transfer Station

Providing residents with recycling and waste disposal services at the town’s transfer station, a.k.a. “The Dump.”

Bootstrap Compost
Greater Boston’s premier year-round residential and commercial food scrap pickup service.

Boston Bee Company
Managing owned and borrowed hives and selling the perfect bee product for your home from our apiary.

MUZI Chevrolet
Providing the highest quality and customer service for every new and used Chevrolet buyer.

 #GOGREENNeedham

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Learn About Health Risks Associated with Pesticides

The Wellesley Board of Selectmen have designated May 27, 2018, as Rachel Carson Day to commemorate the birthday of the famous ecologist who launched the modern environmental movement with her book Silent Spring in 1962. In a proclamation released today, the Board of Selectmen call on fellow Wellesley citizens to remember Rachel Carson’s life and legacy, and to join together to strengthen the protections of our health and the sustainability of our homes, schools, neighborhoods, communities.

To launch this call to action, the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission is joining other town departments and community volunteer organizations to hold two health-focused events in May to promote the inspiring example set by Rachel Carson.

Carson’s book Silent Spring documented the environmental dangers of pesticide use and ultimately resulted in the banning of the pesticide DDT. Though many people sought to discredit her work, Carson continued to speak out against the dangers of pesticides and the largely unregulated chemical industry until her death in 1964. However, fifty-five years later, pesticides and herbicides are still used on lawns in Wellesley.

Last year, the NRC launched the Grow Green Wellesley initiative to alert residents to the dangers of using chemicals on their lawns and to encourage them to switch to organic methods. As part of the continuing Grow Green Wellesley initiative and using Rachel Carson Day as a springboard, the following FREE activities are planned for the month of May:

Movie Night: “A Chemical Reaction: The Story of True Green Revolution”
May 16 at 7 PM, Wakelin Room – Wellesley Free Library
A screening and discussion of this 2009 film about a Canadian community that banned lawn chemicals after a local dermatologist noticed a connection between her patients’ health and their exposure to pesticides and herbicides, and the tremendous legal battle waged by the big chemical industry. Information about organic landscape professionals and earth-friendly lawn and landscape techniques will be available. Birthday cake honoring Rachel Carson and popcorn will be provided. Sponsored by the NRC, Heath Department, Department of Public Works, Sustainable Wellesley, and Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project.

Celebrate Rachel Carson in the Wellesley Veterans’ Parade
Sunday, May 20 at 1 PM
The theme, “Your Lawn, Your Health” remembers Rachel Carson and includes the NRC, Sustainable Energy Committee (SEC), Sustainable Wellesley and other environmental groups marching together to encourage healthy lawn care and landscaping methods.

For more information, contact the Natural Resources Commission, nrc@wellesleyma.gov.

Phyllis Theermann

ecological landscape alliance

holistic orchard

The Orchard Ecosystem 

Presented by Michael Phillips
March 18, 2015  12:30pm – 3:30pm
Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
$45 ELA Members – $60 Non-member

Join ELA and our host, Wellesley College, for an in-depth discussion of the Orchard Ecosystem. Farmer, writer, and organic orchardist, Michael Phillips will discuss his holistic approach to growing healthy and wholesome tree fruit and berries in this three-hour seminar.

Learn More and Register Today!

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ELA Webinar: Low-Impact Construction for Living Landscapes 

Presented by Doug Nachtigall
March 25, 2015  5:30pm – 6:30pm EST
Free ELA Members – $10 Non-member

Doug Nachtigall’s presentation will feature low-impact construction techniques to minimize the negative impacts of landscape construction. With the right equipment and approach, landscape projects can be accomplished with minimal waste and ecological damage. With careful planning, landscapes can utilize nearly 90% reused material. Specialized equipment (such as flotation tires, conveyors, and on-site soil/aggregate screening) is available to tread lightly on the land during construction to minimize soil compaction.  Learn More and Register Today!