Category Archives: Background

Background: Water in Acton

Water flows into Acton from rain and groundwater, and from a few small streams that flow into Acton. Continue reading

Background: Community Choice Aggregation

Community Choice Aggregation or CCA is a relatively new way for communities to bring the financial and environmental advantages of bidding for alternate electrical suppliers to homeowners and local businesses.  Continue reading

Background: Climate Change

Earth’s climate has gone through many changes.

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Background: the Nuclear Metals Superfund Site

From the EPA Superfund information site for Nuclear Metals

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Background: Acton-Boxborough Farmers Market Continue reading

Background: How to Measure a Town’s Carbon Footprint (Marlborough model)

In 2007, Jennifer Boudrie released a 65 page report entitled “Energy and Environmental Inventory For Marlborough, Massachusetts“. She shows how to use EPA formulas and data from utilities and the municipality to create a detailed carbon emissions inventory. The carefully documented details in the report give an excellent starting point for creating and updating an inventory for other towns such as Acton.

Background: Good Neighbor Outdoor Lighting

Light pollution from excess artificial light causes problems for people and wildlife. Sometimes we cannot even see the stars because of unnecessary artificial lights shining upward.

We can reduce the problem through community awareness, legislation (for example, requiring shielding on outdoor lights), and improved lighting technology. Continue reading

Background: Kinder-Morgan Pipeline

This text was sent to the Acton Beacon by Green Acton when the Beacon asked for some background information on the Kinder Morgan/TGP pipeline:

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Background: Swap Shop

People in Acton often have items, which they no longer want or need, that are in fine shape for someone else to use. Imagine a space at the Transfer Station where people could leave such items, and perhaps find other items they might want to take!

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Background: Private Hauler regulations

solid.wasteHere’s the brief prepared by Doug Halley  (Health Director) and Jim Snyder-Grant (Green Acton) for the Board of Health: Continue reading