Category Archives: Resources

Metropolitan Area Plannning Council

http://www.mapc.org/
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is chartered to distribute Federal planning money, and to assist towns in cities in their 101-city region to cooperate in planning. They’ve done a lot of helpful work on regional environmental issues, and they are a good source for regional data and analysis.

Acton 2020

acton2020.info/goals
Acton’s current community plan was developed under the name “The Acton 2020 Comprehensive Community Plan”. The site has the plan and a lot of supporting material. Of particular interest to Green Acton is the material under Goal 2: Ensure Environmental Sustainability.

Acton Water District

http://actonwater.com
The Acton Water District is a state-chartered governmental entity, separate from the Town of Acton, responsible for providing adequate amounts of safe clean water to the District’s business, residential, and municipal customers. They have a lot of useful educational and technical material on their website about Acton’s water supply.

Useful Links

Water

Recycling, Low-Impact Living, Toolkits, Products, and Rebates

  • The Town of Acton Recycling Guidelines categorizes recycling materials, explains how to prepare recyclable goods and lists what not to include when recycling at the Acton Transfer Station.
  • Earth 911.com/recycling gives recycling basics including Recycling 101, a Recyclo-pedia and a search engine for finding local recycling centers.
  • Acton FreeCycle is a nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and keeping good stuff out of landfills.
  • Concord Conserves is a handbook for low impact living. This online resource deals with combating climate change and environmental degradation.
  • Natural Resources Defense Council provides how-to guides and a Green Living Toolkit.

Sustainable Gardening, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) & Local Farms

  • Organic Land Care, a division of NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) provides information about organic lawns, finding organic landscapers, and how-to guides.
  • The future of sustainable food and farming in New England is a great primer that’s informed by (and extends) the broader goals embedded in the notions of relocalization and local resilience.
  • The Climate-Friendly Gardener is a Guide to Combating Global Warming from the Ground Up.
  • Acton-Boxborough Farmers Market is held each Sunday from 10am to 1pm, mid-June through late October, on Pearl street in West Acton Village.
  • Local Harvest tells you everything you need to know about supporting local food production and consumption including a searchable list of local farms and farmer’s markets, harvest dates, forums, blogs, newsletters, and recipes.
  • Gardens.com lists links and directions to Massachusetts CSA farms.
  • Eat Well Guide is a search engine for finding good food—local, sustainable, organic. Find stores, bakeries, online shopping, CSAs, butchers, restaurants, farmer’s market, and more.
  • ATTRA is the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, an agency that helps agricultural producers connect with customers by compiling directories.

BuildingS

  • U. S. Green Building Council provides details about the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System and describes LEED certification.

Releases of Hazardous Materials

Pesticides

Local Interest

General Environmental and Public Health

Organic Lawn Care

Massachusetts Climate Action Network

 

Green Acton is the local chapter of the Mass Climate Action Network.

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350.org

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Background: Acton-Boxborough Farmers Market

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Acton Green Advisory Board

http://www.acton-ma.gov/index.aspx?NID=100 Continue reading

Outdoor Lighting Education Committee

This town committee did public education on outdoor lighting, Acton’s outdoor lighting bylaw,  and how to preserve the night sky. Continue reading

Acton Area League of Women Voters

http://www.lwv-aa.org/home
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