March 2008 Minutes

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Meeting Notes from March 4, 2008

In Attendance:

I didn't have the names of all attendees, but here are some of them: Chuck Dowe, David Duehren, Tess Edmonds, Michael Greis, George Kinel, Eleanor Rosellini, Debbie Schmill, Wendy Surr...

Meeting Highlights from March 4, 2008

The Green Needham Collaborative hosted its 4th meeting of the 2007-2008 year on March 4, 2008 at Olin College. ??? individuals, including ??? Pollard Middle School students, attended. Participants included both continuing and new Green Needham members.

Needham High School Environmental Club

Pollard Environmental Action Team

Green Needham Membership Update

Update from Town of Needham-NeedEnergy Committee

Update from Wind Power Action Team

George Kinel reported that we have continued to focus on finding a way to collect wind data first-hand at the RTS to determine the strength of our wind resource.

Kim Legelis contacted American Tower to investigate the possibility of installing wind sensors on their cell tower near the RTS. They need to review the specs on the equipment we’d like to install in order to reach a decision. If they do allow us to use their tower, our (remaining) hardware costs (for the sensors, etc.) would likely drop to about $5000.

Our most critical need now is for funding to pursue the purchase of the meteorological equipment needed to assess our wind resource.


Wind Group Break Out Session Notes

Attendees: Jerry Wasserman, Martha Schleck, David Harris, Michael Greis, Darcy Ronan, Peter Kiefer, Bill Connors, Dave Duehren, George Kinel

The break out session focused almost entirely on brainstorming about funding sources for the Met Station. Several potential funding sources were identified, including the following:

  • Needham Education Foundation
  • Needham Science Center/PTCs
  • Dedham Savings Bank
  • Solar Challenge Matching Funds
  • WCVB
  • Town of Needham

The group decided to immediately pursue a grant from the NEF for the purchase of the Met Station, and the following action items emerged from the discussion:

  • Darcy and Peter will draft and submit the Grant Request. (Peter has evaluated several Grant Requests and is familiar with their form/content.)
  • Darcy and Peter will solicit support (for the Request) from other teachers at Needham High.
  • George will contact Carla Small (NEF Co-President) to inform her that an NEF Grant Request will be submitted by Darcy/Peter.
  • George will obtain formal vendor quotes for the met hardware.
  • Michael will contact Eleanor to find out how to access Solar Challenge Matching Funds.
  • Martha will contact David Brown at WCVB to try to engage him in our wind project. The thought is that if we can gain David’s support, perhaps he can help us seek funding and publicity from WCVB.
  • Team will attempt to leverage the NEF Grant Request to create and submit the Dedham Savings Bank Grant Request.


For a more detailed view of Wind project status and next steps, click the following link Wind Turbine Feasibility.


League of Women Voters Climate Action Committee

Tip of the Month, Legislative Updates, Green Kids and Transportation

Temple Beth Shalom Environmental Concerns Update

Mass Climate Action Network Conference

Other Updates and Discussion:

New England Wind Fund Solar Challenge

Small Group Discussions

Following updates, participants were encouraged to join one of three small group discussions:

  1. Wind Power in Needham
  2. Citizen Education-Climate Action Committee --Low Carbon Diet Teams Session Notes
  3. Needham Solar Challenge.


Small groups met for 25 minutes, highlights of these discussions, below. The full group reconvened for 10 minutes so each small group could report on highlights of their discussion.


Mark your Calendar!

Upcoming Green Needham Meeting Dates:

  • Wednesday, April 9, 2008, 3:30-5:00 p.m. Olin College “Big Conversations”
  • Evening Meeting Thursday, May 15, 2008 7-9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 3:30-5:30