Green Acton is a group of volunteers working to conserve local resources and protect our environment for future generations. Through education and advocacy, we aim to:
• reduce, reuse, and recycle energy and materials
• promote sustainable, environmentally sound practices
• support local food production and consumption
The group that became Green Acton was first convened by Ann Sussman in 2008 following a request from Lauren Rosenzweig (then chair of the Acton Board of Selectmen) to gather a team to advise the Selectmen on environmental priorities. Attendees at those first few meetings included Town staff, Selectmen, and activists from the Environment Team of the Acton-Area League of Women Voters (AA-LWV), Acton Citizens for Environmental Safety (ACES), the Acton Climate Action Team (ACAT), and the Outdoor Lighting Education Committee (OLEC).
Acton Citizens for Environmental Safety (ACES)
Decades before Green Acton launched, another Acton environmental group had formed — Acton Citizens for Environmental Safety (ACES) — to watchdog the WR Grace Superfund process with Acton’s well-being in mind. ACES did yeoman work over the years to protect the health of residents and of our environment. In 2014, Green Acton and remaining ACES members began discussion about a merger, the legal work of that merger was undertaken in 2015, and completed in 2016. Green Acton inherits the legacy of ACES’ critical work on ensuring the safety of Acton’s water supply, and has increased its focus on this issue. Here is more about ACES.
Minutes / Agendas / Announcements / Discussions
Find recent Green Acton minutes on the Green Acton Announcements Google Group; to join, click on that link and get new minutes and agendas as they are posted.
More-detailed discussions happen at our monthly meetings, and sometimes on the Green Acton Discussion Google Group, on our Facebook page, and in the comments to our web pages.
In 2016 Green Acton became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation. This represents an evolution from Green Acton’s early years as an unincorporated association with a small Steering Committee as the only formal governance structure, and was accomplished via a merger with Acton Citizens for Environmental Safety, Inc.
Click this link to see a list of Green Acton’s accomplishments over the years (listed from most recent to oldest).