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As of May, 2009, all events and meetings have been combined and moved to 2009 Events

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Upcoming Events

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

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 vanessarule@gmail.com 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 lecture@parenttalk.info. 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

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 www.needhamrecycles.com [1] for details and to schedule a home pick-up on Sat. May 9th.

  • Date: Saturday, May 9
  • 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

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
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Place: Newton Marriott Hotel

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

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

Past Events

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

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 jeffpankin@gmail.com.

  • Date: Sunday, March 29
  • 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

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