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Upcoming Events Weekend of Action - Needham Town Common is promoting a Weekend of Action, asking local groups to organize vigils and gatherings in support of action on climate change as the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen gets underway.

  • Date: Saturday, December 12th
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm
  • Place: Needham Town Common

Susan Abbott is organizing a 15 minute gathering on the Needham Town Common this Saturday. She would like to get 350 people to gather for just 15 minutes in support of action on climate change as one of hoping to get 350 people. If you can come, or if you can come and recruit others, please email Susan or call her at 781 444-8275.

Green Your Holiday Season at NEXUS

NEXUS, the Resource Center of the Green Building Roundtable invites you to a special holiday event to learn how to green your holiday season! From sustainable food & restaurants to energy efficiency to wellness & nutrition to green cleaning, this is a major green event for the holiday season.

  • Date: Saturday, December 12th, 2009
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Place 7th Floor, 38 Chauncy St., Boston

Guest Presenters at this special holiday event are:

2pm- Jim Solomon, The Fireplace Restaurant-
3pm- Nina Manolson, Body Alive, Body Aware-
4pm- Mary Anne Clark, Wow Green-
5pm- Clayton Shuller, Next Step Living-

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Past Events

Below is an archive of events that took place earlier this year

Needham Community Ed: Understanding Sustainability

Benjamin Linder, Assistant Professor of Design and Mechanical Engineering at Olin College presents this session on Understanding Sustainability through Needham Community Education

  • Date: Tuesday, December 1st
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Place: Olin College Academic Denter Room 213
  • Cost: $10,
  • Register through Needham Community Education by calling 781 455-0400 x235
  • Or see the Fall 2009 Needham Adult Education catalog, mailed to every Needham household

With widespread environmental damage readily apparent, we know that we need to live more sustainably, and many are making important changes to reduce their environmental impacts. While these changes are buying society much needed time, especially regarding global warming, we need a more radical understanding of sustainability - one that transcends impact reduction. To this end, a perspective on deep sustainability will be presented in light of current sustainability practice.

"Life Cycle Thinking and Environmental Impact" (see previous item) is recommended as a companion workshop, but not required.

Home Energy Cafe

  • Date: Sunday, Nov. 22
  • Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Place: Needham Public Library Community Room

Drop in to our Home Energy Cafe at the Needham Public Library's Community room anytime between 1:30 and 3:30 pm. A representative from Next Step Living will be on hand to answer your questions about energy audits. You can play “It’s Your Planet,” a discussion about energy in the guise of a game show. There will be friendly Green Needham members with laptops who will gladly explain the 10% Energy Challenge and help you make a plan to reduce your home energy use. All this as you enjoy fair trade coffee and tea and sample whole food snacks. No charge.

For more information, or if you'd like to help, contact Susan McGarvey.

Needham Community Ed: Life Cycle Thinking and Environmental Impact

Benjamin Linder, Assistant Professor of Design and Mechanical Engineering at Olin College presents this workshop on Life Cycle Thinking and Environmental Impact through Needham Community Education

  • Date: Tuesday, November 17th
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Place: Olin College Academic Denter Room 213
  • Cost: $10,
  • Register through Needham Community Education by calling 781 455-0400 x235
  • Or see the Fall 2009 Needham Adult Education catalog, mailed to every Needham household

Life cycle thinking provides a systems thinking framework for understanding the environmental impacts associated with our personal and professional lives. We need ot think of the whole of the life cycle of a product, beasue products may have totally different environmental impacts during different stages of their cycle. This workshop introduces participants to life cycle thinking and impact assessment through the use of hands-on case studies. Participants will gain experience with this way of thinking and an ability to judge the environmental aspects of products and associated claims.

"Understanding Sustainability" (see next item) is recommended as a companion lecture, but not required.

Green Needham Meeting - November

  • Date: Monday, November 16th
  • Time: 7 pm - 9 pm
  • Place: Olin College, Academic Center Room 109

Join us for an exciting November Green Needham meeting. Our featured speaker will be Carter Scott, President of Transformations, Inc., a leader and innovator building zero net energy homes at affordable cost here in Massachusetts. Through design and construction choices that minimize energy use and generate renewable energy, zero net energy homes generate as much energy as they use, meaning the owner's utility costs are effectively zero over the course of a year.

Carter Scott and Transformations were one of the participants in a Zero Energy Challenge competition funded by the state's utilities. This article from Solar Today details the home they built - fittingly, the "Needham" (they name their designs after Massachusetts towns). It is a 1,232 square foot affordable home with a HERS rating of -3 that sold for $195,200. These techniques over incredible opportunities for all types of homes - from affordable to luxury housing. Carter will also talk about the new Stretch Energy code and how very achievable it is for builders here in Massachusetts to meet this code, saving their customers significant amounts of money.

Transformations is one of four firms chosen to compete for the right to build moderately priced single- and multi-family zero-net energy homes in Devens. They were also recognized with an achievement award at this year's Mass Energy Consumers Alliance annual meeting.

We'll also be planning the next phase of the 10% Energy Challenge and we'd like your ideas. Over 450 Needham households have already taken the 10% Challenge, so our next goal is to reach 1,000 households, which would be 10% of all the households in Needham.

MCAN's 2009 Climate Action Conference

Massachusetts Climate Action Network holds its annual conference at MIT. Details to follow. For updates, visit | MCAN.

  • Date: Sunday, Nov. 15
  • Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Place: Stata Center, MIT, Cambridge

Speakers: (Additional speakers TBD)

  • Gina McCarthy, EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation

  • Note that there is a discounted rate if at least 10 members from an MCAN chapter attend. Green Needham is an MCAN chapter, so we can qualify for the discounts if enough Green Needham members wish to attend

BU Presidential Sustainability Lecture - Steve Fludder, GE ecoimagination

  • Date: Wednesday, November 4th
  • Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Place: 8 Saint Mary's Street, Brookline - Photonics Building Room 206 Auditorium

“Green is Green: ecomagination at GE” - Steve Fludder, Vice President, ecomagination, GE

  • Steve Fludder leads GE's company-wide ecoimagination business strategy. He is a 25-year GE veteran who became head of ecoimagination in October, 2008.
  • He will discuss how GE is helping customers and society embrace a greener, prosperous future.

The BU Presidential lectures provide a forum to learn from leaders about best practices, leading edge research, and policy and market trends in the fields of clean technology and energy sustainability. They are hosted by the Boston University Clean Energy and Environmental Sustainability Initiative, a cross-university collaboration focused on the challenge of balancing energy needs with environmental and economic sustainability through research and academic activities in technology, policy, climate science, market economics, and systems integration.

Rev. Canon Sally Bingham to preach at Christ Church

  • Date: Sunday, November 1st
  • Time: 8 am and 10 am service
  • Place: Christ Episcopal Church, 1132 Highland Ave., Needham

All are welcome to hear environmental steward the Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham preach at the Sunday morning services at Christ Church Sunday, November 1st.

The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham serves as the Environmental Minister at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, San Francisco, and chairs the Commission on the Environment for the Diocese of California. Active in the environmental community for twenty-five years, Canon Bingham is the founder and president of The Regeneration Project, which is focused on its Interfaith Power and Light (IPL) campaign, a religious response to global warming.

The IPL campaign includes a national network of over 10,000 congregations with affiliated programs in 29 states, including the very active [http:/ Mass Interfaith Power and Light]. She has brought widespread recognition to the link between faith and the environment. As one of the first faith leaders to fully recognize global warming as a moral issue, she has mobilized thousands of religious people to put their faith into action through energy stewardship and advocacy.

Canon Bingham serves on the National Board of the Environmental Defense Fund; the Environmental Working Group; the U.S. Climate Action Network; as well as the national advisory board for the Union of Concerned Scientists. She recently joined the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and is a member of the Forum on Children and Nature.

The Interfaith Power and Light campaign and Canon Bingham have received numerous awards including:

  • the 2007 U.S. EPA Climate Protection Award
  • the Purpose Prize
  • the Energy Globe Award
  • recognition as a “sacred gift to the planet” by the World Wildlife Fund.

Canon Bingham was named one of the top fifteen green religious leaders by Grist magazine and received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, in October 2008. Canon Bingham is the lead author of Love God Heal Earth, a collection of 21 essays on environmental stewardship by herself and fellow religious leaders, published by St. Lynn’s Press in February 2009.

Green Mobility: A Roundtable Discussion On Alternative and Healthy Transportation in Needham

  • Date: Monday, October 26th
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Place: Needham Public Library, Community Room

Several Groups in Needham are working to improve the quality and safety of non-automotive transportation in town. This meeting is a chance for these groups to come together to highlight their priorities and current programs, and discuss their connections and inter-dependencies. Groups expected to participate include:

  • Bay Colony Rail Trail
  • Eat Well, Be Fit (Needham Health Commission)
  • Friends of Woods and Waters
  • Green Needham
  • Safe Routes to School
  • Needham Bikes
  • Needham Transportation Committee
  • Needham Trail Committee

Contact Tad Staley for more information. International Climate Day of Action

  • Date: Saturday, October 24th
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Place: First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 23 Dedham Ave., Needham

After a send-off at First Parish Unitarian Universalist church and a short vigil (with photo) on the Town Common, teams of 4-5 people will perform a carbon-reducing project, such as installing compact fluorescent light bulbs, helping to weatherize a house, preparing a backyard vegetable garden, etc. Houses of Worship, community organizations, and individuals are encouraged to participate.

Needham's event will be part of an international effort, sponsored by, to urge world leaders to take bold steps to fight global climate change. People in more than 100 nations will be participating. This day of action comes six weeks before a crucial UN meeting in Copenhagen, where efforts to forge a worldwide response to climate change will continue.

The idea of the October 24 events is to draw attention to the number 350, which represents 350 parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere – the level many scientists believe we must get back to in order to sustain life on Earth as we know it.

Contact Eleanor Rosellini for more information about how to participate in Needham's Climate Day of Action.

The Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) has information about other Boston-area events that day.

Past Event: Mass Energy Consumers Alliance Annual Meeting

  • Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009
  • Time: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Place: Sheraton Boston Hotel - 59 Dalton St., at the Prudential Center

Featuring hors d'oeuvres, networking, award presentations and keynote speakerPhil Giudice, commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

RSVP to by Wednesday, October 14

Further information about Mass Energy is available at their website.

Past Event: Green Films Screening

Green Guild and Kohler Co. present a screening of Green Films at the Coolidge Corner Theatre

  • Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
  • Time: 7 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Place: Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline
  • Price: $9.75

This event features screenings of four independent flimmakers:

  • The Muddy River Chronicles
  • The Carbon Footprint
  • Bag It!
  • One Home at a Time

Past Event: Needham League of Women Voters Fall Forum: Envisioning a Sustainable Needham

  • Date: Monday, October 19, 2009
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Place: Newman School Auditorium

What might Needham look like in the future? This year's fall forum, co-sponsored by Green Needham, will feature award-winning architect and urban planner Paul Lukez, who will inspire us with ideas and examples of how suburbs can thrive in the 21st Century. An accompanying environmental fair with town planners and community groups will display exciting plans for Needham, including bike paths, nature trails, and "smart growth" in Needham center. The event is free and open to the public. Eco-friendly door prizes will be awarded.

This year's speaker, Paul Lukez, is the author of Suburban Transformations

Contact Eleanor Rosellini for more information.

Past Event: Moving Together 2009: Massachusetts Bicycle & Pedestrian Conference

  • Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2009
  • Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Place: Courtyard Boston Hotel, 275 Tremont St., Boston
  • Cost: $50 in advance, $60 at door

Bicycling and walking are becoming increasingly visible and important across the Commonwealth and across the country. Come join us for workshops and exhibits that feature up-to-date information to improve bicycling and walking conditions locally, regionally and statewide.

Sponsored by various Massachusetts state agencies and the US Department of Transportation

Past Event: BASEA Forum: The New Economy of Energy and Climate

  • Date: Thursday, October 8, 2009
  • Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Place: First Parish in Cambridge, 3 Church St. Cambridge

Dr. Rachel Cleetus, Climate Economist with the Union of Concerned Scientists will speak on economic options for addressing climate change. At UCS, she designs and advocates for effective global warming policies at the regional, state, federal, and international levels. She also analyzes the economic costs of inaction on climate change. Rachel is a co-author of a recent UCS study analyzing U.S. options to cut global warming emissions: Climate 2030: A National Blueprint for a Clean Energy Economy.

Past Event: Home Energy Efficiency Improvement Seminar

  • Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009
  • Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Place: Broadmeadow School Peformance Center, 120 Broadmeadow Road

The Green Needham Collaborative, in cooperation with the League of Women Voters of Needham Climate Action Committee, the Needham Council on Aging, and Needham Opportunities, Inc., is offering a free, 90-minute seminar on improving home energy efficiency.

The seminar will feature presentations by local industry experts that will inform Needham residents on how to take advantage of the many opportunities now available to reduce their home energy use, save money, and increase their comfort and the value of their homes.

Detailed information on how to go about identifying and implementing appropriate home energy efficiency improvements will be offered. Topics will include:

  • Home energy audits and what they tell you
  • Home heating - when to replace older systems
  • Insulation & air sealing - deciding what you need
  • Financing - selecting among options
  • Incentive - taking advantage of energy efficiency improvement rebates and tax credits

An in-depth question and answer session will follow the presentations.

Light refreshments will be served.

To reserve a seat, please contact:

Katherine Herer
Needham Opportunities, Inc.
Phone: 781-559-0716

Past Event: Transportation Forum - Green Line Extension

  • Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2009
  • Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Place: First Parish, 23 Dedham Ave.

Green Needham and the Needham Heights Neighborhood Association present a Transportation Forum to discuss the 'Green Line Extension to Needham

Unlocking our economic development potential and enhancing our quality of life

Guest Speaker: Srdjan Nedeljkovic - Srdjan has done extensive research on the potential for extending the Green Line over the last several years. He is Vice President of the Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council and a member of the Comprehensive Planning Advisory Cmomittee in Newton.

Moderators: Michael Greis (Green Needham) and Matt Talcoff (Needham Heights Association)


  • Enhancing transportation options
  • Cost effective community oriented transit
  • Economic Development
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Access
  • Traffic and Parking

Past Event: Home Energy Efficiency Project Team Meeting - June

The Home Energy Efficiency Project team has its fourth meeting to continue work on developing a program focused on making it easier for Needham residents to identify and implement high-value home energy efficiency improvement upgrades.

  • Date: Friday, June 19, 2009
  • Time: 9 am - 11 am
  • Place: Dedham Savings Bank, 55 Elm Street, Dedham

Past Event: Environmental Film Series

The First Parish Church of Weston presents “Renewal – Stories from America’s Religious-Environmental Movement”, as part of its monthly environmental documentary series.

  • Date: Sunday, May 31, 2009
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Place: First Parish Church, 349 Boston Post Road, Weston

Home Energy Efficiency Project Team Meeting - May

The Home Energy Efficiency Project team has its third meeting to continue work on developing a program focused on making it easier for Needham residents to identify and implement high-value home energy efficiency improvement upgrades.

  • Date: Friday, May 29th
  • Time: 9 am - 11 am
  • Place: Dedham Savings Bank, 55 Elm Street, Dedham

Past Event: Green Needham Meeting - May, 2009

Becoming a Massachusetts Green Community

Please join us at our next Green Needham meeting on May 20th to hear about and discuss the opportunities for Needham through the Massachusetts Green Communities program.

Our featured speaker is Mark Sylvia, Director of the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts DoER (Department of Energy Resources). Mark is the former Town Manager in Plymouth, so he brings to the position a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing towns like ours.

  • Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2009
  • Time: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Place: Olin College, Academic Center Room 109

Under the landmark Green Communities Act passed last year, towns and cities that choose to become Green Communities are eligible for grants and technical assistance to support their efforts to reduce municipal energy use, generate power from alternative sources, reduce their carbon footprint and establish themselves as sustainability leaders.

We'll also provide an update on the 10% Challenge and this month's promotion of the challenge through Needham schools. And we'll discuss recent events including our Earth Day recognition event and Energy Stewardship Workshop as well as the many other projects underway to create a more sustainable Needham.

Past Event: Green Business Expo

The 2009 Green Business Expo will take place on Tuesday, May 19 at the Newton Marriott Hotel from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Jim Gordon, President of Cape Wind, will be the keynote luncheon speaker. Cape Wind is in the process of seeking approvals to build a renewable energy wind farm in Nantucket Sound off Cape Cod.

For Information on Sponsorship or exhibiting at the event, please contact email Tom O'Rourke or call him at 617-244-5300.

  • Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2009
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Place: Newton Marriott Hotel

Pasat Event: Efficient Cooling Strategies

The Green Roundtable presents tips for saving on your summer cooling bills, including lifestyle choices, products, and design strategies. RSVP to Aaron at or 617-374-3740 x127 with the number of people you’re bringing. Groups of five or more can receive a tour of the NEXUS before or after the event. Visit Nexus for details.

  • Date: Saturday, May 9, 2009
  • Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Place: NEXUS, 38 Chauncy St, 7th Floor, Boston

Shredding & recycling electronics event

Looking to get rid of an old TV or computer monitor? Do you have batches of old financial documents that need shredding? The Needham Community Council and Rotary Club are sponsoring this fund-raising event. Visit our website at [1] for details and to schedule a home pick-up on Sat. May 9th.

  • Date: Saturday, May 9, 2009
  • Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for electronic recycling; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for paper shredding
  • Place: Memorial Field Parking Lot (across from Sudbury Farms), Highland Ave., Needham
  • Fees: $20 per car for paper shredding; visit our website for electronic recycling fees

Past Event: Environmental Stewardship Workshop

Needham houses of worship are invited to a free two-hour workshop on cutting energy costs through environmental stewardship. Dr. Thomas Nutt-Powell, president and co-founder of Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light, will share success stories, suggest resources, and lay out action plans. A panel of representatives from Needham congregations will discuss their energy-saving efforts. Sponsored by Green Needham Collaborative in cooperation with the Needham Clergy Association. To RSVP or ask questions, e-mail or call Michael Greis (781-559-4623) or Eleanor Rosellini(781-453-9526).

  • Date: Sunday, May 3, 2009
  • Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Place: First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 23 Dedham Ave., Needham

Past Event: Weatherization workshop

The Massachusetts Municipal Association presents this free workshop on reducing your household utility bills and energy footprint. Clayton Shuller, a director of the Builder's Association of Greater Boston and founder of its Sustainable Building Committee, will offer do-it-yourself solutions, tips on hiring a contractor, and information about rebates and financing options. Representatives of various town departments and community organizations will be present with displays and information. Refreshments at 6 followed by the workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  • Date: Thursday, April 30, 2009
  • Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Place: Broadmeadow Elementary School (Performance Center), 120 Broad Meadow Rd. Needham.

Past Event: Environmental Film Series

The First Parish Church of Weston presents “The Eleventh Hour”, as part of its monthly environmental documentary series.

  • Date: Sunday, April 26, 2009
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Place: First Parish Church, 349 Boston Post Road, Weston

Past Event: Earth Day Event - 10 Percent Challenge Awards Announcement

Join us as Green Needham marks Earth Daywith a short awards ceremony to salute Needham's community-wide commitment to the 10% Challenge and reducing energy use.

We'll recognize the groups that have reached Gold, Silver and Bronze status in the 10% Challenge, and hear from Needham Public Schools Superintendent Dan Gutekanst, Selecteman Jerry Wasserman and Director of Public Facilities Chip Laffey on what the Schools and Town are doing to reduce energy usage.

  • Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2009
  • Time: 4 p.m.
  • Place: Town Hall, Highland Ave., Needham

Past Event: Eco-nomics: Going Green Makes Local Cents

Leadership MetroWest hosts this forum on how households, businesses, and municipalities can combat tough economic times and go green. Register here.

  • Date: Thursday, April 16,2009
  • Time: 7:15-8:15 a.m. (networking and breakfast); 8:15-10:15 a.m. (program)
  • Place: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Natick
  • Fee: $30

Past Event: Putting a house to the leak test

The Green Guild of Massachusetts demonstrates its blower door test, which employs a special camera to detect air leaks in homes. The Brookline company, which does energy audits and weatherization, says by reducing leaks you can cut energy bills by 20 to 30 percent. RSVP to

  • Date: Sunday, March 29, 2009
  • Time: 1:30 p.m.
  • Place: 23 Carey Road, Needham

Environmental Film Series

The First Parish Church of Weston presents “Flow: For Love of Water”, as part of its monthly environmental documentary series.

  • Date: Sunday, March 29
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Place: First Parish Church, 349 Boston Post Road, Weston

Lights out to support the earth

Earth Hour 2009 aims to have millions of people worldwide show their support for action against global warming by shutting off their lights for an hour, starting 8:30 p.m. local time Saturday night. The event is sponsored by the WWF, the World Wildlife Fund. Register at Earth Hour's website.

  • Date: Saturday, March 28
  • Time: 8:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Place: Your house

“A Convenient Truth: Needham is a Great Place to Go Green”

Environmentalist Seth Bauer gives the keynote address at the Needham Community Council's 79th annual dinner. Bauer is director of East Coast operations for Cooler, Inc., a for-profit social venture that helps businesses and people to eliminate the global warming impact of their everyday purchases and activities. He is the founding editor of The Green Guide, a bimonthly newsletter and website for consumers interested in a green lifestyle that was acquired by National Geographic in 2007. For reservations, call 781-444-2415.

  • Date: Thursday, March 26
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Place: Needham Sheraton, 100 Cabot St., Needham
  • Cost: $45 per person"

Town Hall Meeting on Stimulus Package

State Senator Scott Brown and State Representative Lida Harkins discuss how the federal stimulus package will affect the state. The event is organized by Yes We Can Needham.

  • Date: Monday, March 23rd
  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Place: First Parish in Needham, Unitarian Universalist, 23 Dedham Ave.

Climate Leadership Workshop

Learn how to give your own presentation on the climate change crisis at this workshop sponsored by the Sustainability Institute and other environmental organizations. You will receive training, background information, and electronic access to a Sustainability Institute PowerPoint presentation that you incorporate in your own lectures. Space is limited. To register: e-mail or call 617-628-2571.

  • Date: Sunday, March 22
  • Time: 1-4 p.m.
  • Place: Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, 14th floor, Kendall Square, Cambridge
  • Suggested Donation: $15

Repower America Rally

Join state lawmakers and environmental activists in a rally on the Statehouse steps urging President Obama and Congress to set a goal of 100 percent clean electricity in 10 years. For details and to RSVP, contact Repower America.

  • Date: Saturday, March 14
  • Time: 3-4 p.m.
  • Where: South Steps of the Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St., Boston

Going Green Without Going Crazy

Parent Talk presents longtime Needham resident and environmentalist Seth Bauer, who dispels five common myths about the green movement and offers simples steps to help the earth. Bauer has edited Walking, Body+Soul, and the National Geographic Green Guide. Now he is helping to launch Cooler, Inc., which monitors carbon footprints. Bauer has served on the Needham Health and Wellness Committee and as president of the Needham Education Foundation. RSVP to As space is limited, preregistration is strongly encouraged. BYOW (Bring Your Own Water--in a reusable container).

  • Date: Thursday March 12
  • Time: 7 p.m., dessert; 7:30 p.m. lecture
  • Place: Broadmeadow School, 120 Broad Meadow Rd, Needham
  • Cost: Free to Parent Talk members; non-members, $20

Building Energy '09

More than 150 experts offer workshops and displays on climate change, carbon stabilization, high performance buildings, adaptive re-use, large-scale renewables, daylighting, near net-zero energy buildings, wind power, green design, integrated water systems, solar applications, financing green projects, and health issues. The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association is sponsoring the trade show, which it calls the largest green building products and services show in the region.

  • Date: Tuesday, March 10-Friday, March 13
  • Time: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Place: Seaport World Trade Center 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston

Is there a farm in Needham's future?

The Needham Community Farm Committee presents a forum on what a community farm would mean for the town. Guest speakers are Greg Maslowe of Newton Community Farm and Verena Wieloch of Gaining Ground Farm, Concord.

  • Date: Monday, March 2
  • Time: 7:30–9 p.m.
  • Place: Needham Public Library Community Room, 1139 Highland Ave., Needham

Environmental Film Series

The First Parish Church of Weston presents “Blue Vinyl”, as part of its monthly environmental documentary series.

  • Date: Sunday, Feb. 22
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Place: First Parish Church, 349 Boston Post Road, Weston

Watertown Home Energy Efficiency Fair

The Watertown Environment & Energy Efficiency Committee presents an afternoon of seminars: 1:30 p.m., Insulation, Lighting Systems, Solar Heating Systems and Our Atmosphere; 2:20 p.m.: Case Study on Living Greener and Home Solar Electricity Generation; 3:10 p.m.,Weatherstripping & Insulating; 4 p.m.: Micro-Combined Power and Heating (MicroCHP) and Other Home Energy Options.

  • Date: Sunday, Feb 8
  • Time: 1:30–5 p.m.
  • Place: Watertown Public Library, 123 Main St., Watertown

"Solar Sam" honored

Clyde “Solar Sam” Weihe, who has inspired scores of solar enthusiasts in Needham and beyond, receives the Patrick C. Forde Good Person Memorial Award from the Needham Youth Commission. For additional information, call 781-455-7518 x267 or visit the commission Web site.

  • Date: Monday, Jan. 26
  • Time: 5-6 p.m.
  • Place: Needham Public Library

Movie and Discussion: King Corn

The Needham League of Women Voters hosts a screening of the feature documentary King Corn and a discussion led by Professor Ben Linder of Olin College.

King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat and how we farm.

  • Date: Sunday, Jan. 18
  • Time: 2 p.m.
  • Place: Needham Public Library Community Room