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Statement on new school building location

At the December 11, 2018, Green Acton meeting, this statement on the new school building location was agreed to:

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Green Acton Position on Town Meeting Article 26: Great Road Water Supply

Article 26 for Acton Town Meeting 2018 is a non-binding resolution which asks Town Meeting to approve an inter-municipal agreement between Acton and Concord.  In this agreement, Concord agrees to continue to provide water service to customers along Great Road (Rt 2A) in Acton.  In return, Acton agrees to allow Concord to build their proposed Water Treatment Plant on Nagog Pond, and to forebear from efforts to secure water from Nagog for Acton or to limit Concord’s Nagog withdrawals.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Acton’s Proposed Bag Ban

1. Will this ban hurt our local businesses?    No

  • Local grocers spend $.02 to $.05 per bag and give out 10,000+ /week.  They’ll save money if customers bring their own reusable bags.
  • Many local retailers have already voluntarily stopped using plastic checkout bags.
  • Local retailers can advertise and collect revenue through the sale of reusable bags.
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Reasons to Ban Plastic Bags

Plastic bags:

pollute our land and water. Because they are so lightweight, plastic bags can travel long distances by wind and water. They litter our landscapes, get caught in fences and trees, float around in waterways, and can eventually make their way into the world’s oceans.

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Green Acton supports the Environmental Justice Bill

At our December 2017 meeting, Green Acton signed on to the letter below in support of the Environmental Justice Act (H.2913 / S.426). And here is a link to a one-pager explaining this proposed legislation.

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30th Annual Local Environmental Action conference: Sunday, March 5th at Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Local Environmental Acton conference poster30th Annual Local Environmental Action conference: Sunday, March 5th at Northeastern University, Boston, MA

  • Great way to connect with other towns and see what they are working on, and gain exposure to new ideas and information on climate / clean energy issues
  • Nearly 20 workshops that cover a range of issues and skills – from the future of energy in New England, to organizing in the age of Trump, to the health impacts of fracked gas well-heads to your kitchen stove
  • Recognize our many victories over the year and be inspired to go back and continue the fight to protect the health and safety of our communities, our environment, and our climate

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

  • Kandi Mossett
    Kandi Mossett is a powerful Indigenous leader and environmental justice hero on the frontlines of the fight to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. A member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, Kandi is the Indigenous Environmental Network’s Extreme Energy & Just Transition Campaign Coordinator, leading the fight to raise awareness about the environmentally & socially devastating effects of hydraulic fracturing on tribal lands. We’re so honored to have her joining us to share lessons from NoDAPL and her international and national climate advocacy work.
  • Lois GibbsLois Gibbs is known by many as the mother of the anti-toxics movement and the federal Superfund program. Lois was a housewife living in Niagara Falls, New York in 1978 when she learned that her neighborhood, Love Canal, was built on top of 21,000 tons of hazardous chemical waste. After successfully organizing her neighbors to win the evacuation and cleanup of Love Canal, Lois went on to found the Center for Health, Environment & Justice and has helped communities across the country fight to protect themselves from toxic exposures. Most recently, Lois has been working on the ground in Flint, Michigan.

Register online here and read up on the conference agenda information here.  Breakfast and lunch are included in all tickets.  Cohosted by the Massachusetts Climate Action Network and the Toxics Action Center.

2016 Green Acton comments on WR Grace cleanup plan

Below is the text of Green Acton’s 2016 letter to the EPA about the Grace cleanup site. A PDF is available here Continue reading

Six zero-waste initiatives for Acton

In 2013, Green Acton presented six ideas to the Board of Selectmen on the next best steps on how to reduce material waste in Acton, and thus move the town towards a zero-waste vision.

  1. Swap Shed,
  2. Recycling at Recreation Areas
  3. Better Communications about Recycling
  4. Require Private Haulers to Report Tonnages,
  5. Explore Trash Pricing Options
  6. Extended Producer Responsibility Resolution

Here’s what the selectmen decided in 2013 about these initiatives.

Planting Plan and Volunteer Opportunities

The garden design seeks to create a sustainable tribute to Charlotte, with:

  • flower/foliage characteristics that include drought tolerance;
  • use of native plants, herbs, daisies, groundcovers, bulbs and wildflowers;
  • easy care;
  • fragrant tall plants along the sidewalk to provide screening, and between the children’s library windows;
  • spring to fall continuum of bloom; and a
  • tapestry of varied foliage.

See the planting recommendations for a plant list, volunteer contact info, photos, and other details.

Volunteers are needed to help with:

What: Ongoing garden maintenance— (weeding, watering when needed, etc.),
When: Any two weeks over the summer and fall. Two 1-2 hour visits each week are recommended.
How: Instructions will be supplied.

Acton Climate Action Team

This now-defunct group worked on education and advocacy around climate issues. Continue reading