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Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Kick the Disposable Battery Habit
Greentips: August 2009
Americans buy about three billion household batteries (about 10 per person) annually, according to the Environmental Protection Agency—and nearly all of them end up in landfills. The next time you need to power up your gadgets, choose rechargeable batteries instead. Unlike disposable alkaline batteries, rechargeable batteries can be reused hundreds of times, which not only saves money and resources, but also reduces global warming pollution associated with battery manufacturing and transport. An independent study conducted for battery manufacturer UNIROSS estimates that using a disposable battery to create 1 kilowatt-hour of electricity has a global warming impact equivalent to driving a car 283 miles; using a rechargeable battery is equivalent to driving 10 miles.
Rechargeable battery technology continues to evolve, but there are only a few types widely available today:
Nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) is the most common rechargeable battery type. Like their nickel-cadmium predecessors (see below), NiMH batteries come in standard sizes (AAA, A, C, D, and 9V) but are considered less toxic and offer superior performance. New “low-self-drain” (or “hybrid”) NiMH batteries come fully charged, like alkaline batteries, and stay charged longer, making them good for slow-drain gadgets like remote controls.
Nickel-cadmium (NiCad or NiCd) batteries have fallen from favor in recent years because they contain cadmium, a carcinogen. However, older handheld tools may still run on NiCads, and they are still sold in stores.
Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are mostly used in high-end electronics like laptops and cell phones, as the battery’s light weight and high storage capacity help improve gadgets’ portability. They are more expensive than other rechargeable batteries, however, due to their advanced circuitry, and are currently unavailable in standard sizes.
No matter which type of rechargeable batteries you use, you can make them even greener using these strategies:
Choose an energy-efficient charger. Energy Star-rated models use 35 percent less energy than standard chargers, while solar-powered battery chargers use no electricity at all. For further energy savings, look for a “smart” charger that shuts off when the batteries are fully charged (overcharging shortens battery life). Regardless of charger type, unplug it when it is not being used as it will continue to draw electricity even when not charging.
Care for idle batteries. Do not leave batteries uncharged or unused for long periods, which can shorten their life. Remove batteries from infrequently used devices and store away from heat and moisture.
Dispose of batteries properly. Rechargeable batteries contain toxic materials and should not be thrown out with regular trash. When purchasing batteries, ask the retailer whether it takes them back for recycling; if it does not, you may be able to bring them to your municipal hazardous waste facility or a local recycling center (see the Related Resources).
Related Resources (Note: go to original link listed above to access the below resources)
Bio Intelligence Service—Ditch the Disposable Lifestyle (pdf)
California Integrated Waste Management Board—Rechargeable Batteries and Chargers
Energy Star—Battery charging systems
Earth 911—Battery Recycling Locations
The Dolbeare Elementary School’s celebration of International Walk to School day on Wednesday, October 7 was a resounding success! About a hundred children and their parents took to the rainy streets to celebrate the day. Walkers joined the Dolbeare Walking School Bus and made their way to school where they were cheered on by pom pom waving teachers Anne Corbett, Jen Gallant, Suzie Harte and Andrea Cosentino and rewarded with Safe Routes to School pencils, ‘Livestrong’ bracelets and sneaker shapes to hang on the ‘Walking Wall’ in the gym.
Superintendent Joan Landers stopped by to express her support. Principal Phyllis Dubina, PE teacher/ facilitator Maria Caruso, Art teacher Meg Klee, custodian Ken Malonson and Walking Bus leaders Linda Powers and Sherri Carlson are among the many staff, parents and community members who collaborated to help improve student health and the environment.
The Dolbeare Walking School Bus successfully piloted in fall 2008 and during spring 2009 received a great deal of publicity from the Boston Globe, Fox 25 News and Good Morning America. This year the program has thus far expanded to the Woodville and Greenwood elementary schools who have formally partnered with MassRIDES to roll out walking programs. Next potential partners are the Walton Elementary School and Galvin Middle School. See past WCAP Walking School Bus blog posts for further information and news links.
Here are the links:
Fox 25 news:
Good Morning America:
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
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Friday, June 12, 2009
For the 3rd year in a row, Wakefield Climate Action Project had a display at the Festival by the Lake on the Lower Common in Wakefield MA, this year on June 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Along with our trademark WCAP Poster, we had a display showing what can and cannot be recycled via our town's recycling program, with actual sample items. In addition, there was information about our Library Lecture Series, the Walking Bus program, and actions/petitions you can sign to help combat climate change. Our sister project, the new Wakefield Famer's Market, was also featured at the Festival. They ran out of the 400 fliers they had printed up!
Many folks interested in signing up for the DPW rain barrel lottery approached the WCAP display seeking information. Along with directing them to the DPW display, we let folks know that our website will soon have contact info to purchase similarly priced rain barrels for those who didn’t get one of the 24 that our town has available for sale. (Rain Barrel Info Coming Soon - after July 4th weekend!)
The following organizations were publicized at our display and links to all are listed on our website: 350.org, Strengtheniup.org, 1Sky, Food and Water Watch, MassRecycle, MassRides, Walking School Bus, Mass Anti-Idling, and Mass Climate Action Project.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
58 gallon sealed-top barrel with brass valve, leaf guard and screen.
* Classic Rainwater Barrel with overflow - $60/each
58 gallon sealed barrel with brass valve, overflow port, leaf guard and screen.
Expandable barrels have ports on the sides that allow them to be connected to an overflow pipe or interconnected with other Expandable barrels for greater storage. Expandable barrels can be made in blue or black. They have a top that can be removed which helps if storing the barrel inside for the winter. If you know from the start that you want to interconnect several barrels at one location, you can order an Expanded Set for $125 (set of two) and if you want a third (three barrels interconnected) we can add it for an additional $50.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Sat. March 28 at 8:30 p.m.
The Wakefield Climate Action Project (WCAP) invites all individuals, schools, businesses and organizations in Wakefield to join millions of people around the world to switch off lights for one hour—Earth Hour—at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 and send a powerful global message that we care enough about climate change to take action. The Earth Hour event is hosted by World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
From Amman to Warsaw, city skylines will go dark for one hour as individuals, businesses, government buildings, schools and major landmarks turn off non-essential lighting in what will be the largest climate event in history. The list of participating cities in the US includes Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and Nashville with more signing up every day.
“As lights go out in cities around the U.S. and the world on March 28th, Earth Hour will provide world leaders with an unmistakable mandate to negotiate a new international climate change agreement,” said WWF President and CEO Carter Roberts. “The climate crisis threatens the ability of our planet to support its inhabitants, and it has never been more urgent that the voice of the people be heard on this issue. Earth Hour not only focuses global attention on the need to find solutions to climate change, but demonstrates the power that each of us has to make a difference in the future of our planet.”
During Earth Hour 2008, more than 50 million people in 400 cities on all seven continents turned off their lights as major icons also went dark, including the Sydney Opera House, the Coliseum in Rome, Stockholm’s Royal Castle, the Empire State Building and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Google turned its homepage black for an entire day in tribute.
WWF says per capita emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels in the U.S. are more than four times the world average and are increasing steadily. WWF says “Earth Hour may be just an hour, but it’s also an opportunity to make resolutions to reduce your carbon footprint—and put them into action. Every action you take to lower your emissions helps.”
WWF gives these action tips to save energy and help prevent climate change: 1) Turn down the thermostat on your water heater and central heating. 2) Conduct an audit. Look around your home for opportunities to insulate spaces and eliminate drafts. 3) Plant native deciduous trees on the south side of your house to shade it and reduce air conditioning use. 3) Replace incandescent with fluorescent bulbs. Remember to turn off when not in use! 4) Unplug electronics such as TVs, computers, stereos and even cell phone chargers when not in use. They still use energy if they are plugged in when turned off. 5) Contact your utility company and sign up for “green power”—electricity generated by sources with low or no routine CO2 emissions. 6) Replace old appliances with high-efficiency models. 7) Install low-flow showerheads—less hot water means less energy use. 8) Drive less. Resolve to use public transportation, join a car pool, ride your bike or walk.
What will your family do for one hour in the dark? This is a chance to shut off the TV and computer and do something different. Some ideas are to have a “lights-out” party, take the dog for a night walk, have a treasure hunt, tell stories, read or play games by candlelight, or check out the night sky. Take photos and share what you did at www.earthhourus.org .
Be flexible to make Earth Hour work for you. Families with young children should feel free to turn their lights off earlier than 8:30 p.m. and for those having too much fun in the dark during the hour, don’t feel you have to limit yourself to one hour and switch back on at 9:30 p.m. If you are already committed to another worthwhile event that night such as Blossoms at the Beebe, pick a different night to enjoy ‘lights out’ with friends and family.
Join this global effort to make an impact on climate change. Visit www.earthhour.org to register and see the difference you can make. Turn off your lights, celebrate the planet, enjoy the moment and cast your vote for Earth. For a fun challenge, check out www.carbonrally.com .
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Here are some more resources to help you find ways to reduce your energy use.
Heating and Cooling:
- Weatherstrip and caulk your windows and doors
- Seal and insulate your home
- Consider installing a Geothermal Heat Pump to heat and cool your home, save up to 70% on your heating and cooling costs.
- Clean your furnace's filter monthly
- Consider buying an ENERGY STAR furnace or air conditioner, insulating and sealing ducts and relocating heating and air conditioning vents.
- Cover your hot water heater with an insulation blanket
- Consider installing energy efficient windows or storm windows
- Reduce the temperature of your hot water heater to 120F or less (or until using little to no cold water in the bath/shower)
- Install a low flow shower head (there are some nice ones out now-a-days)
- Solar hot water heaters can reduce your hot water heating bill
- Wash clothes in cold water
- Run full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher
- If available, use the energy savings settings on your dishwasher and washing machine
- Consider air drying your clothes. saves energy, money and keeps your clothes lasting longer.
- Take a shorter shower
- Learn how to set power management on your computer
- Download the Google Desktop Power Management Gadget
- Buy a Climate Savers certified energy efficient computer
- Plug your computer peripherals (printer, scanner, speakers, fax machine) into a powerstrip and power down when not in use.
Electronics and Home Appliances:
- Turn down the brightness on your TV and computer monitor
- Look for and purchase ENERGY STAR appliances and electronics
- Consider replacing that old, second refrigerator in the basement - This calculator determines how much energy your refrigerator is using
- Plug home electronics into a powerstrip and turn off when not in use. Or unplug appliances that you rarely use - when was the last time you used that VCR?
- Don't keep your refrigerator and freezer too cold. Set temperature between 36-38 degrees F and freezers at 0-5 degrees.
Other Energy-saving Tips:
- Grist: 7 ways to cut your energy use
- Alliance to Save Energy: No-Cost Low-Cost Tips for Saving Money & Energy
- Department of Energy: Additional No-Cost / Low Cost Tips to Save Energy
- Carbon footprint calculator
- ACEEE: Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings
- Home Energy Savers: Calculate your home's energy footprint
- Get a home energy audit
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Beyond Pesticides Group
PAN North America Pesticide Action Network
Center for Food Safety; trying to eliminate unsafe food production practices
True Food Network
Pesticide Free Dandelion Eradication
Northwest Coalition for Alternative to Pesticides
Toxics Action Center of Massachusetts
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Innovations, Development and Investments
in (trans) Portable Applications
New energy storage technologies, entrepreneurship and investing will be the focus of the next MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Innovation Series program on Tuesday, March 17th.
Join us for this exciting program featuring Disruptive Energy Storage (trans) Portable Applications— innovations which are essential to meeting the needs of new, power-intensive applications in hand-held electronics, electric vehicles and other types of transportable energy consuming devices. This program will focus on the rapid evolution of new battery, ultracapacitor and other storage technologies that are enabling new applications and devices while thrusting the doors open to new markets.
This Innovation Series has assembled an expert panel of entrepreneurs, corporate innovators and investors who are ready to share, explore, and reveal the opportunities, drivers and obstacles to development and scaling of new energy storage technologies.
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The event will take place at MIT’s Kirsch Auditorium in the Stata Center, 32-123, Cambridge, MA, on Tuesday, March 17th, at 6:15pm
Moderator: Douglas Banks, Editor, Mass High TechPanel:
Mouli Ramani, Vice President of Business Development, Lilliputian
Nick Sugimoto, Principal, Honda Strategic Venturing
Kef Kasdin, General Partners, Battelle Ventures; co-founder, Planar Energy Devices
Jeff Chamberlain, Argonne Labs
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
note prize for best environmental float!
Floats information and general rules:
*Non-profit: Groups or committees classified as "non-profit " by state and federal government.
*No Floats will advertise for any political Candidate
There is no fee for a float entry from a non-profit group.
The float coordinator reserves the right to remove any float that the Committee considers inappropriate or a danger to spectators.
No food, water, candy or any other item may be thrown off any float...for safety reasons. No alcoholic beverages will be allowed on any float or in any other vehicle on the parade route.
Please No Throwing Candy from Floats, No Passing out of any flyers or Advertising materials,
No Fundraising -
No fundraising or political soliciting by any organization will be allowed
All floats must assemble at 3:00 pm SHARP at Quannapowitt Parkway and North Avenue, judging of eligible floats will be conducted at this time. All persons, decorations and equipment that are part of the float must be ready for judging at this time. Due to the overall Parade schedule, floats must be on time. Any float not ready at 3:00 pm will absolutely not be judged.
Float drivers must be in float driving vehicles 30 minutes before the start of the parade. Please be ready promptly at 4:30 pm.
Floats will be assigned a place in the Parade’s line of march by a Parade Coordinator.
Two sponsor signs, naming non-profit group entering float will be displayed, one on each side of float (supplied by float builders)
Theme competition for float decorating
Only non-profit groups are eligible for awarding of prizes.
There are two float divisions: Large: 20 feet or more. Small: under 20 feet.
Prizes to be announced before parade so that floats may travel in Parade with award recognition.
Small float division: 1st $600.00
Large float division: 1st $600.00
Best use of theme prize: $300.00
Judges prize: $100.00
The Spaulding Award: Commemorative plaque…. given for the float that best depicts environmental or conservation awareness.
Annual Mike LeDoux Memorial Award: Commemorative plaque
Parade will take place RAIN OR SHINE
Monday, March 2, 2009
he Galvin Middle School PTO is collecting cell phones in a recycling effort to raise money for the school. They are working with the Race to Recycle Program by Motorola. This is a simple program that works on a couple of levels. First, community members can get rid of all the old cell phones they have. Second, cell phones contain mercury, lead and cadmium, and must be disposed of properly. Community residents can drop off cell phones in the collection boxes at the Galvin Middle School office or at Town Hall. Third, the school will be rewarded every time someone donates an intact cell phone that is sent to Motorola.
Reduce ... reuse ... recycle! That's the message students at the Greenwood School heard during the Wakefield Department of Public Works (DPW) recycling education program. During the classroom presentation, the students received materials to share at home with their families.
Greenwood School third graders also sang about the clean up of Boston Harbor during the recycling education program. The annual program teaches children about recycling at an early age and the importance of recycling on the environment.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
PLANT SALE 2010
OPEN WHEN PLANTS START TO EMERGE IN MAR/APR TO WHEN I CAN'T DIG ANYMORE
FREE advice when purchasing plants, other times by appointment
SEEDS AVAILABLE: Purple cone flowers, Black eye Susans, Anise Hyssop, Angelica, Garlic Chives, and more that can be put in early spring $2 per (snack baggie size) seed pkg.
http://www.amherstma.gov/departments/Conservation/CAP_9-27-05_FINAL-cover1.pdf Amherst, MA
http://www.ci.worcester.ma.us/reports/ClimateActionPlan.pdf Worcester, MA
http://wakefieldcrf.wdfiles.com/local--files/online-resources/brooklineSustainabilityInventory.pdf Brookline, MA
http://www.cambridgema.gov/cdd/et/climate/clim_plan/clim_plan_full.pdf Cambridge, MA
http://wakefieldcrf.wdfiles.com/local--files/online-resources/medfordcap.pdf Medford, MA
http://wakefieldcrf.wdfiles.com/local--files/online-resources/newton.pdf Newton, MA
http://wakefieldcrf.wdfiles.com/local--files/online-resources/SomervilleActionPlan.pdf Somerville, MA
http://www.burlingtonelectric.com/SpecialTopics/Reportmain.htm Burlington, VT
http://www.ci.wellesley.ma.us/Pages/WellesleyMA_DPW/rdf/index Wellesely, MA
Town of Wakefield
Wakefield Public Schools
Wakefield Police Department
Wakefield Fire Department
Wakefield Public Library
Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department
Wakefield Recycling Calendar
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
The Wakefield Initiative, in cooperation with the Wakefield Climate Action Project, is planning a weekly farmer’s market at Hall Park on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm, beginning July 11th through October 17th 2009. A successful farmers market would be a valuable asset to Wakefield, enhancing the local sense of community and the local economy as well as creating an opportunity for residents of other towns to discover Wakefield. Farmer’s markets are not only a great way to buy locally grown products and produce from Massachusetts, but are also used by towns and cites to draw attention and activity to a particular area and/or business.
We plan to have a diverse selection of products brought to you by a wonderful group of reputable vendors from Massachusetts. A few of our potential vendors include:
Farmer Dave’s at Brox Farm, high-quality produce (Dracut)
Giovanna Gelato (Newton) amazing gelato
Petsi’s Pies (Somerville and Cambridge), sweet and savory pies
Swiss Bakers (Reading) unbelievable pastries and coffee
Gone to the Dogs (Wakefield) our own unique dog boutique on Albion
Flowers by Melinda (Wakefield), also on Albion, creative flowers by (talented) Melinda
Silver Clay (Wakefield) Main St. gem, unique gifts that are never boring!
Jamspot (Wakefield) Robert Wass will be joining us for part of the season to provide the market with live music. His recording/practice studio is located on Teal Rd.
Coutts Specialty Foods (Boxborough) “Mothers” jams and jellies
You can access more information at our website (still a work in progress) at www.wakefieldfarmersmarket.com. If you have any questions or wish to sponsor the market, please contact Kelli Stromski, Market Manager, at 781-246-9449. We hope to see you in July 2009!
Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department (WMGLD)
Check out their Energy Tips, Light Program, and RCS Program links to learn how to save money and energy
For Massachusetts Residents:
Division of Energy Resources (DOER)
This site has MANY resources for individuals and municipalities, from home and driving energy-saving tips, to in-depth reports on state energy activities and policies.
Compact Florescent Light Bulbs: Change a Light Bulb and Change the World
This is a great site from About.com. It provides basic info and links to everything, from a how-to site from the Environmental Defense Fund that helps you pick the type of CFL you need for specific applications, to wide-ranging globalization issues.
Energy Star Lights (for New England Residents)
Discount prices for bulbs and fixtures.
WMGLD, NSTAR, and other New England residents are eligible!
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
CFL Bulb Sources
Energy Star Lights
Also, Home Depot and Lowe's often have "in-store" specials.
Through their national program, Call2Recycle™, the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) can help you recycle your used portable rechargeable batteries and old cell phones. Click HERE to find local merchants who accept rechargeable batteries for recycling. Hint, use the zip code and "within miles" search option. For Wakefield residents: Hart's Hardware in Wakefield, Radio Shack in Stoneham, and Home Depot all accept rechargeable batteries.
What if there was a way to energize your day, get fit and combat childhood obesity, talk and connect with your child and neighbors, save money on gas, avoid traffic jams and help the environment—all at the same time? The simple act of walking your child to school can accomplish that and more. Many people remember a time when walking or biking to school was the norm rather than the exception. Factors such as concern for safety and lack of time have caused a steady decline to a current low of about 10 percent.
The innovative concept of a walking school bus addresses such issues. A walking school bus is a group of children accompanied by one or more adults on the walk to or from school. The group may meet at one place and walk together or children may be “picked up” at their homes or at spots along the way.
Wakefield Climate Action Project (WCAP) Transportation Action Team will meet on Tuesday, August 26 at 7pm in the downstairs Lecture Hall of the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library to plan a pilot elementary level walking program, possibly at the Dolbeare beginning this fall. Parents, caregivers and concerned citizens are welcome to attend. Contact Sherri Carlson at email@example.com or (781) 246-2106 with any questions or if you cannot attend the meeting but would like to help.
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