Brief History of the GG and the Greening Greenfield Campaign
2005: The Greenfield Energy Committee (GEC) was formed.
2007: We changed our name to Greening Greenfield Energy Committee (GGEC) to reflect our broader interests. We formed a partnership with Mayor Forgey and launched the Greening Greenfield Campaign.
Campaign Phase I, 2007
The goal of Phase I of the Greening Greenfield campaign was research our options, and to raise funds so that we could join ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection program and conduct a Greenfield Energy Audit, create a brochure, logo, and web site, and hold workshops and events.
We raised over $19,000 through an innovative matching grant from Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC), and investments by Greenfield residents in green electricity.
Phase II: 2007-2009
The goal of Phase II was to do a Town-wide energy audit – and set Community goals.
We kicked off Phase II in October 2007, at an Ice Cream Social hosted by Bart’s Homemade Ice Cream and Bart’s Café to thank Mayor Forgey and the many people who invested in the green electricity. We brainstormed what a more sustainable Greenfield could look like, and Carlyn Saltman, documentary videographer captured our ideas in an inspiring 3-minute video posted on EarthThrives web site.
We joined ICLEI Cities for Climate Protection program and researched and wrote the Greenfield Energy Audit, which is posted here.
Mayor Forgey set two important goals for 2050. 1) Keep 100% of our energy dollars in the region. 2) Cut climate change emissions by 80%.
We held numerous workshops for homeowners to help them find money to do energy upgrades to their homes, and explored other resources for our community. The Town applied and received FREE energy audits of over 15 of its buildings, and a follow-up grant of approximately $250,000 for energy upgrades. This was the start of many energy upgrades to our municipal buildings that are saving us $$ every day!
Phase III: 2009-2012
The goal of phase III was to move from “Energy Audit to Action.” The Greenfield Energy Audit motivated us to take the following steps.
1. In 2009 we created the Greenfield 10% Challenge. Our goal was to encourage 10% of the residents and businesses to reduce their energy use by 10% by the end of 2010, as a first step to our ultimate goals of reducing climate change emissions 80% by 2050, and keeping our energy dollar local! We achieved this, and are now continuing to encourage people to join. We achieved this goal, and are now working on the next 10% of the households. As of the summer of 2012, over 1300 households have joined!
2. The Town worked toward “Green Community,” designation – and in 2010 Greenfield was in the the first group of towns in the Massachusetts to be designated! One requirement is that the Town must reduce its municipal energy use by 20% by 2013. In 2012 the town brought a 2 Megawatt solar farm (photovoltaic) on line, which generates about 50% of our municipal electricity, and saves the town about $235,000 annually. To see daily, monthly, yearly production look for useful links on the Town web site www.greenfield-ma.gov. In 2011, GGEC and the Town received the Governor Patrick’s Leading by Example Award for our collaborative efforts. More
3. GGEC and the Town received a grant to launch its Energy Smart Home program, which offers residents support to find funds to do home energy upgrades. More
4. Collective learning. GGEC continues to bring informative and inspirational films, speakers and workshops to town to foster discussion and collective learning. Our spring film and discussion series has gained a reputation for quality.
5. Changing our name again. To more clearly reflect our broad interests in sustainability, the Greening Greenfield Energy Committee will now be known simply as Greening Greenfield.
Phase IV: 2012-2015
The goal of phase IV was to work with the Town to create a town-wide Plan & continue our work with collective learning and working with youth.
1. In early 2012, the Town Council created a Sustainability Advisory Committee.
2. Fall 2012 The Town committed to making its next Master Plan a Sustainability Master Plan, and infusing it with the principals of sustainability.
3. 2013-14-Many people in Town became engaged in a town-wide master planning process.
4. January 2015, Sustainable Greenfield, Greenfield's master Plan was published.
5. Sustainability Advisory Committees name was changed to the Sustainable Greenfield Implementation Committee
6. Collective learning and Youth programs continued
Phase V: 2016 onward
The goal of phase V is to work with everyone to move Sustainable Greenfield to reality & continue our work with collective learning and working with youth.
See "our Accomplishments" below for a LONG version of our activities including film and workshop topics and titles.
This is a LONG list of our history and accomplishments that includes details such as film and workshop titles as well as large things. For a short version see History.
You can also find anecdotal list of accomplishments in Greenfield that are leading the way toward sustainability, click here.
We also have a few annual reports from our earlier years
2011 report: click here
2010-11 annual report click here
2009-10 annual report click here
Greening Greenfield (GG) Campaign's Accomplishments
– 2006 –
Greening Greenfield Energy Committee (GGEC) formed
Mayor Forgey signs the Mayors for Climate Protection Agreement
– 2007 –
March - Greening Greenfield (GG) campaign launched (Collaborative agreement signed between GGEC and Mayor Forgey)
July - First Low Carbon Diet action study group held by GGEC
October - Ice Cream Social – 1st GG visioning meeting. Over 70 people who had signed on to the New England Wind Fund and helped raise $12,000 celebrated and shared their visions of a sustainable future.
November - Step It Up Campaign - Bill McKibbens first national grassroots climate change event. Over 50 attended an event at the Greenfield Solar Store.
December - MA Legislation celebrations! Global Warming Solutions Act; Green Communities Act; Green Jobs Bill and more passed! (GGEC advocated for the passing of this legislation)
– 2008 –
Commonwealth Solar Initiative announced, which changes the economics of installing PV!
GGEC promoted the idea of a PV Solar Park in the Greenfield Industrial Park.
GGEC worked with the Town and the Town applied for FREE building energy audits from MA Division of Energy Resources (DOER), making the town eligible for grants from the state for energy upgrades to town-owned buildings.
GG – Mayor Forgey passed a resolution making a commitment for the town to implement ICLEI Cities for Climate Protection program. 60 people attended.
March- Homeowner workshop offered for the first time by GGEC. Info on audits, financing etc gathered and distributed. 40 attended.
Town Council endorsed PVCEP (Pioneer Valley Clean Energy Plan)
Greening Greenfield logo, brochure, web site, and “Carbon pledge/save $” information unveiled
Turtle Island Medicine Show presented by GGEC, 600 attended giant puppet show
September - State, Town & GGEC launch Idle Reduction campaign
Two Low Carbon Diet groups meet in area churches organized by GGEC
Homeowner workshop held for the 2nd time by GGEC. Energy analysis sheet announced. 75 attended
GGEC worked with the Town, and the Town joined the Franklin Regional Council of Government’s effort to bring an Energy Service Company (ESCO) to Franklin County. The ESCO offers full service audit, recommendations, financing, construction and monitoring. There is no direct cost to the town. They are paid out of the energy savings.
Town Energy Audit, Part 1 (Municipal report) researched and written by GGEC & the Town, was presented to town staff, and Town Council
Greenfield receives $250,000 grant from MA DOER for building energy upgrades as a direct result of building energy audits secured in Jan 2008.
– 2009 –
We started our "Green Hero" series and a partnership with the Recorder - shining a light on people in our community who are inspiring us! Hit HOME for links to heroes.
Barak Obama sworn in as President of USA. Stimulus $$ for energy efficiency and renewables announced. More fuel efficient vehicles and more.
PV – new tax rebates from the Feds. 30% of the cost of a PV system, with no cap can be claimed. Rebate can be spread over two years.
Greenfield Energy Audit, Part I & II, which was researched and written by GGEC & the Town, was presented to the general public, and feedback collected.
2050 Goals set by Mayor Forgey 1) Reduce climate change emissions by 80%. 2) Zero dollars spent on energy leave the region.
Field Trip to McNeil Station in Burlington, a 50 MW biomass facility.
February - Homeowner Workshop offered for the 3rd time. Held at GCTV and taped. Capacity audience of 75. David Knowles and Marc Kaufmann, presenters.
February & March, 2009
STEM training – Savings Through Energy Management – in over ten churches. Organized by GGEC & Interfaith Council
Expanded Learning Time (ELT) program on climate change solutions at the Middle School. Eight weeks, three times per week. (Stein, Judy, Carol, Wisty)
March & April, 2009
Film & Discussion Series – GGEC offered 6-week series at the Greenfield Public Library!
GGEC co-sponsored two workshops for business people on resources to reduce energy use and save $. March – with CDC & CET. April with Rep. Kulik and DOER
Biomass 101, Why Wood? GGEC organized eventing workshop in collaboration with CET, FRCOG, Co-op Power, & PVPC. UMass professor and DCR staff spoke.
Greenfield 10% Challenge launched at the Green Fair! Partnership with the Recorder Green Pages set up. Logo and lawn signs created. Web updated.
Mayoral Debate on Sustainability, moderated by Bob Pacquette, WFCR Morning Edition host, organized by GGEC.
Four Rivers Energy Extravaganza (FREE) held by Four Rivers Charter School students. (10% Challenge Partner)
June - 10% Challenge for Greenfield businesses launched. New partners signed on to 10% Challenge: Community Action, Greenfield Business Association, YMCA, Greenfield Schools
July - Town signed on to ESCO program with Siemens Technologies – Invest Grade Audits commenced in August
August - One Gallon Challenge, GGEC hosted the start of 100-mile efficiency rally. Six cars drive from Greenfield to Boston GreenFest
Town applies for Green Communities Designation which would make the Town eligible for state funding and more.
GGEC-organized Seminar: Why is 350 the Most Important Number in the World? 350.org explains that scientists believe that if we do not reduce CO2 in our atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause catastrophic feedback loops to unstoppable climate change.
Homeowner workshop: Deep Energy Retrofits & Utility Programs offered by the Western Massachusetts Green Consortium, Beyond Green, and WMECO.
GGEC co-sponsored Climate Action Carnival, a 350.org event organized by Sandra Boston and area groups. Over 300 people attended.
Study Group launched to prepare for Greenfield Master Planning by reading 2008 Greenfield Energy Audit, ICLEI's Sustainability Planning Tool kit, and inviting planners from Keene and Easthampton to talk about what they did in their towns.
Greenfield Energy Audit posted on GGEC web site. Sustainable plan section of the web site updated and people invited to make comments, add resources etc.
News release about the posting of the Audit, and the commitment of Town to update its Master Plan soon, and infuse it with the concepts of sustainability. Master planning is a town-wide participatory process.
Workshop held for renters on how to save energy. Our Workshop was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Municipal Association.
December - Greenfield 10% Challenge reaches half-way mark. 400 households have signed up to reduce their energy use by 10% by the end of 2010.
– 2010 –
Greenfield 10% Challenge New Years Party! First held.
Greenfield Energy Audit Study Group begins to meet
GGEC receives grant from the Chorus Foundation via Center for Ecological Technology for its 10% Challenge efforts.
February - Awakening the Dreamer & Changing the Dream Symposium offered by GGEC and the Pachamama Alliance
March-April - Spring Film Series held at the YMCA with lots of partners, to discuss how we, as a community, can prepare for and celebrate the changes that will come with the end of cheap energy. Films included: A Convenient Truth; Dirt; and What's on Your Plate?
April - What is a Rain Garden? Workshop offered by Ed Himlan, Massachusetts Watershed Council, on rain gardens, low impact design, keeping our rivers clean and replenishing our water table and repairing the Earth. Partners included the Greenfield Library, several watershed councils and gardening clubs.
Greenfield designated a Green Community – first in the state!
Greenfield joined EPA’s New England Community Energy Challenge
84% of survey respondees say the 10% Challenge has helped them change their behavior and helped them reduce their energy use.
GGEC joins Transition Towns, an international grassroots movement
New businesses join our 10% Challenge. Major 10% Challenge Partners to date: Recorder, YMCA, Four Rivers School, Community Action, Greenfield Business Association (GBA), Town of Greenfield Schools, Sandri Companies, Greenfield Community College, Baystate Franklin Medical Center.
September - GGEC offers a workshop to members of the Landlords Business Association about how to find $$ to reduce energy use and upgrade their properties.
October - Greenfield receives Gov. Patrick's Leading by Example Award for its efforts to reduce energy use and move toward sustainability.
The Barr Foundation awards Greenfield and Serrafix Corp, an environmental consulting and venture capital firm, a grant so that they can work together to develop energy-saving strategies to achieve a 20% reducton in energy use in public, residential, and and commercial buildings by 2020.
GGEC co-sponsors event held by Just Roots to envision how people would like to see the Town Farm used, as a cornerstone of a sustainable food movement for Greenfield.
GGEC launches a Transition Town effort in Greenfield by hosting a discussion and movie called In Transition. The movie was produced by the Transition Towns movement, which aims to help communities transition to a fossil fuel free world. Over 80 attended.
10% Challenge Success! We exceed our goal of getting 10% of the households in Greenfield to pledge to cut their energy use by 10% by the end of 2010. 900 households signed up. The Recorder donates a free full page ad to celebrate!
Winsert Workshop. GGEC hosts its first hands-on workshop teaching people how to make insider storm windows called 'winserts." 2-page handout on how to do it, and where to find the materials, video of how to build the frame and more.
- 2011 -
February- Greenfield Energy Report Card published. It shows that Residents are saving $$ by reducing their energy use in their homes, and are helping us move toward achieving out 2050 goals.
Workshop: Greenfield's Past - Greenfield's Future. GGEC partners with Pioneer Valley Institute (PVI) to bring Dr. John Mullin, UMass Planner, to Greenfield to learn about our past, and vision/brainstorm our future.
GGEC partners with Town of Greenfield & FRCOG to bring Dr. David Cash, Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and the Environmental Affairs, to talk about Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020, which lays out how we will cut climate change emissions by 25% by 2020.
During our Spring Film Series we showed three movies and held discussions at the YMCA in Greenfield: “A Convenient Truth”, about ideas carried out in Curitiba, Brazil, to address myriad ecological problems present and future; “Dirt”, about how this vital resource can be nurtured; and “What’s on Your Plate,” where school children from the city learn how food is produced, both industrially and organically. A fourth gathering was a panel discussion with several of our co-sponsors. Over a hundred people attended one or more of the films.
April - Local Food: Building Our Delicious Future. GGEC partners with Pioneer Valley Institute (PVI) to bring John Waite, CDC director; Tom Clarke, Clarkdale Fruit Farms; Jason Dean, Foster's Super Market; and Glenn Brunetti, Chartwell's Food Services to Greenfield to talk about how we can create jobs and increase the amount of local food we eat from 5% to much more!
May - The Town receives an EPA Climate Showcase Community grant. This 3-year $160,900 grant aims to help residents find funds to do energy upgrades to their home. GGEC co-wrote the grant and is collaborating with the Town on this project called the Greenfield Energy Smart Home program.
Greenfield puts its Town Farm into APR (Agricultural Preservation Restriction) and Just Roots receives a 15-year contract to manage the 60-acre farm on Leyden Road.
Tropical storms, Irene and Lee drop over 16" of rain on the region causing floods that destroyed roads, bridges, and farmland, cuts off power to thousands of people for days, and caused sewage treatment plants to fail. The media tells us to expect more frequent severe storms like this as a consequence of global warming.
Energy Smart Home program's door-to-door canvassing began in Precinct 8.
November - GGEC holds its first community-wide forum called: Creating Greenfield's Future: Our Food, Economy, and Community. The over 130 attendees gave high marks to the event held at GCC new facility. The event was kicked off by Mayor Martin; Jim Barry, who represented Gov. Patrick's office; and Ben Hewitt, Author of The Town that Food Saved. Attendees then discussed our future in 10 workshops. A report on the ideas generated will be written and given to the Planning Board for consideration during our Master Planning process in 2012.
Winter/Spring Film & Discussion Series (Nov 2011-March 2012)
Gasland (November, 2011) Gasland explores the environmental impacts of fracking. more
A Sea Change (January, 2012) A grandfather and grandson explore the mystery and the beauty of our oceans and the changes being caused by climate change and what we can do. more
Carbon Nation (February, 2012) Carbon Nation is a climate change solutions movie that has played in mainline theaters across the nation. It offers inspiration and invites action. more
The Growing Edge (March, 2012) This film by Donna Read and Starhawk shows the many ways permaculture principles can be incorporated in our communities with concrete ideas that are exciting and attainable. The goal of permaculture is more than sustainability.
February - Annual Energy Use Report Card published. Our report card documents our average annual household energy use for heat and electricity as a way of assessing progress of our 10% Challenge as well as progress toward reducing our energy use by 80% by 2050. We are making progress in some areas, but not in others. Click for one-page report with graphs.
April 21-22 - Home Show & Green Fair –Display & Workshops. At the FC Chamber of Commerce's annual Home Show, we had an informational table on our 10% Challenge, and held two workshops with the Town of Greenfield to support our collaborative programs, Energy Smart Homes and Energy Smart Businesses, which aim to help people find funds to do energy upgrades to their homes or businesses
May 5 - Science & Sustainability Expo. 1st Annual: Over 150 children, parents, volunteers and visitors participated in our first Expo, which showcased the work of educators and youth in grades 4-12. Teams participated in the competitive KidWind Challenge, and the non-competitive Youth & Educator’s Showcase, and the Green “Dollhouse” Challenge. Photos and more
Other Collaborative efforts and co-sponsorships:
We worked with the Town of Greenfield on Energy Smart Homes, Energy Smart Businesses, the annual Home Show/Green Fair, the Main Street beautification project, and helped define and create a new Sustainablity Advisory Committee. We also co-sponsored numerous events such as the Emergency Preparedness Meetings, To Bee or Not to Bee puppet show, and readings organized by John Burkowitz
Winter/Spring Film & Discussion Series (Nov-April)
Save our Town, Save our Future (Wed, Nov 28, 2012) Explore the fate and potential of small towns in the US with Tom Hylton, reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner, as he revisits the towns he grew up in.
The Atomic States of America (January 30, 2013) This emotionally powerful documentary film is based on Kelly McMaster’s memoir about growing up in a nuclear reactor community in Shirley, Long Island. Through interviews with nuclear engineers, the NRC, citizens, doctors and employees of Entergy and Entergy, the film explores the risks and opportunities of the nuclear industry
Reclaiming Democracy (Feb. 27) An inspiring film with Thomas Linzey and Shannon Biggsabout how they have worked with more than 100 communitiesto take decision making out of the hands of corporations and bring it back to their communities.Their strategy is radical and empowering!
Fixing the Future (March 27) In this PBS film David Brancaccio examines how co-operatives across the country are building productive relationships between businesses, banks, farmers and residents. Co-operatives offer a hopeful opportunity for reclaiming our local economies.
April 6 - Creating Greenfield's Future: Visions for 2050 - GGEC's 2nd Creating Greenfield's Future event. A community conversation about what Greenfield and Franklin County may be like in 2050. Our planning today can shape our future!
Presenters to kick-off discussion: Food Security: Abrah Dresdale, Adjunct Faculty, Farm and Food Systems, Greenfield Community College.Buildings and Energy: Simi Hoque, Assistant Professor, Building Systems, University of Massachusetts Amherst.Schools and Education: Joshua Hornick, Teacher, Four Rivers Charter Public School.Health Services: Donna Stern, RN, Baystate Franklin Medical Center
April 13, 2013 - Science & Sustainability Expo,2nd Annual event for youth 3rd to 12th grades, parents, and general public. The Expo provides a place for students to display their sustainability-related projects. Participants can test their small-scale, working wind turbines in the KidWind competition, exhibit model sustainable homes or landscape in the Green Dollhouse Challenge, and display environmental, ecology, energy, and sustainability-related projects in the Sustainability Showcase. Click and scroll to 2013 Science & Sustainability Expo.
April 20-21, 2013 -Display & Workshops at Little e, the Franklin County Home Show & Green Fair –We had an informational table and organized 10 workshops that support our mission of working toward sustainability. Topics included topics from Save $ and Make your Home Cozy! to Reduce Your Lawn & Increase Your Leisure! For a full list click here
Other Collaborative efforts and co-sponsorships during 2013:
Several Greening Greenfield members were invited to sit on the Greenfield Sustainable Master Plan Advisory Committee! We continued to work with the Town of Greenfield on the Energy Smart Homes and Energy Smart Businesses efforts. We joined the Greenfield Business Association (GBA) to create the Rejuvenators, a downtown beautification project, and also worked with the GBA to enhance the “green” aspects of their spring Little e. We also co-sponsored numerous events such as the Arnie Gunderson on an updates on Fukushima, and Paul Cawood Hellmund, Director of The Conway School, Graduate Program in Sustainable Landscape Planning & Design, on Greenfield Revitalization & Beautification: Strategies for Ecological Resilience.
September 2013-June 2014
Film & Discussion Series: January-April - Our film and discussion series, which runs from fall through the winter, continued. Films shown included Genetic Roulette, Queen of the Sun, and a weekend of films focused on water including Flow; Tapped; and Liquid Assets. For short descriptions of these films click here.
Science & Sustainability Expo (March 1) - Our 4th annual event for youth 3rd to 12th grades, parents, and general public. The Expo provides an opportunity for students to display their sustainability-related projects, participate in the KidWind competition, and exhibit Green Dollhouse Challenge model homes. For more information http://www.greeninggreenfield.org/focus-on-youth and click on 2014 Science & Sustainability Expo
Greening Greenfield Workshops at the “Little e” April 26-27, in celebration of Earth Day. We offered eight workshops about “greening” our homes, yards, and gardens at the Franklin County’s annual home show. Topics ranged from asking the house doctor on how to save money on our utility bills to how to raise chickens and turkeys in your back yard. A full listing can be found here.
September 2014 – June 2015
Sustainable Greenfield adopted and SGIC formed - In January 2014, Greenfield adopted Sustainable Greenfield, its 10-year master plan, and formed a Town committee called Sustainable Greenfield Implementation Committee (SGIC) to ensure its implementation. This was a 2-year town-wide effort lead by the Greenfield Planning Board. Although this was not a GG-led activity, we were very involved and we want to congratulate Greenfield, and celebrate this important milestone! Link: Sustainable Greenfield
Film & Discussion Series: January-April - Our film and discussion series, which runs from fall through the winter, continued with our partner, the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice. Films shown included Bag-It; Open Sesame-The Story of Seeds; Gold Fever; and the Ethics of Fracking. For short descriptions of these films click here.
Science & Sustainability Expo (March 7) - Our 4th annual event for youth 3rd to 12th grades, parents, and general public. The Expo provides an opportunity for students to display their sustainability-related projects, participate in the KidWind competition, and exhibit Green Dollhouse Challenge model homes. For more information click Youth and then click on 2015 Youth
Greening Greenfield Workshops at the “Little e” April 18-19, in celebration of Earth Day. We offered eight workshops about “greening” our homes, yards, and gardens at the Franklin County’s annual home show. Topics ranged from Simple Living to Strategies for increasing access to healthy local food. A full listing can be found here.
September 2015 - June 2016
Film & Discussion Series, which runs from fall through the winter, continued with our partner, the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice. Films shown included Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, Pat Hynes showed her slide show called Renewables are Ready, Inhabit, and Return of the River. For short descriptions of these films click here.
NEW! Nature Walk series created in partnership with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Our goal is to offer people the opportunity to connect with the natural wonders of our world in our own backyard, with the recognition that people will protect what they love. Walks included such topics as Winter Tree ID in Highland Park: Signs of Spring at Bennett Meadow; Spring Ephemeral Flowers at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area; and Migrating Birds at Poet’s Seat.
Working with Youth – NEW Water Unit! As we put our Science and Sustainability Expo to bed, a new collaboration emerged with the Greenfield 5th graders. We collaborated with the 5th grade teachers and the Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC), and Friends of the Green River, to expand their unit on water to include the larger issues of sustainability and keeping our water clean. The 5-week program was kicked off by an assembly with CRWC and Green River folks followed by all 140 5th graders getting involved in the Green River Clean-up. They also learned about watersheds, measured water use at home, did artwork and much more!
Greening Greenfield Workshops at the Better Greener Living Show April 22-23, in celebration of Earth Day. We offered sixteen workshops on “greening” our homes, yards, and gardens. Topics ranged from building a Zero-Net Energy Home to Landscaping for Pollinators. A full listing can be found here
Greening Greenfield's 10th Anniversary Celebration! May 2 - We celebrated our 10th Anniversary at the Arts Block with food from local food vendors, a slide show of our activities and Green Heroes, and a presentation of three awards of people who have taken the ball and run with it! Carole Collins, Director of Greenfield’s Department of Energy and Sustainability; Amy Donovan, recycling and composting advocate extraordinaire at the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District; and Jessica Van Steensburg and Jay Lord at the Just Roots community farm. Anniversary news release, Recorder Article , Thank you My Turn, click for slide show of some of our accomplishments and Green Heroes over the past 10 years.
Composting in the Schools! After three years of effort and collaboration with the Greenfield Schools, the DPW, and Amy Donovan at the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District, the schools received a grant and composting has begun! Each school is collecting and sending food waste from their cafeterias to Martins Farm and reducing trash from the cafeteria by about 80%! Additionally styrofoam trays have been replaced with compostible paper trays. Many thanks to all!
Green Heroes: NEW parternship with GCTV on our Green Hero series. People can now get to meet people throughout the county who are insipring us through 5-10-minute video! Hit HOME for links to our Green Heroes.
SUCCESS!! Green Communities goal of reducing municipal energy use by 20% has been reached and exceeded by 2%!! Many thanks to Carole Collins, Greenfield Energy and Sustainable Coordinator for her persistence in seeking and securing grants, and working with Town staff to achieve this goal.
- FY 2017 -
September 2016 - June 2017
We continued to hold our popular film and discussion series, nature walks, and EcoLiving workshops; expanded our work with youth; and continued our work with the town to implement Sustainable Greenfield, as well as Massachusetts advocacy work. We also launched two new campaigns around stopping Natural Gas leaks and advocating for a Greenfield Skate Park, and supported Rights of Natures successful ban of Styrofoam take-out containers, and FRCOG’s Greenscape Challenge to reduce toxics that reach our storm water.
Our 10th Birthday Party! We celebrated our achievements since our beginnings, and we give awards to 3 of our partners.
Following are details about these efforts:
- Film & Discussion series with Traprock Center for Peace and Justice’s kicked off in the Fall with Michael Moore’s acclaimed Where to Invade Next. In the winter we held three films about FOOD! GLORIOUS FOOD! Films included Edible City, Food Chains, The Starfish Throwers.
- EcoLiving workshops We held 16 well-attended workshops again this year at the Franklin County Home Show, which is held the weekend near Earth Day. Half focused on home and energy, and the other half on yards and gardens.
- Our work with Youth continued to grow! During the 2nd year of our work with 5th graders 6-week unit on water, they continued participation in the Green River Cleanup and added reading a book, a Long Walk to Water, about a youth in Africa, and raised funds to build well. The 2nd year of a grant to introduce composting in the schools progressed as planned.
2 NEW CAMPAIGNS!
- Natural Gas leaks campaign. Working with HEET (Home Energy Efficiency Team), we hired Bob Ackley of Gas Safety USA to do town-wide audit of our gas leaks, held an informational meeting, and worked with Berkshire Gas and with the Greenfield DPW to expedite repair of natural gas leaks in our town for health and safety reasons, as well as to cut natural gas costs and importantly stop methane emissions, a greenhouse gas over 80 times as potent as CO2. Some progress was made, but more work needs to be done.
- Skate Park for Greenfield. We joined the Recreation’s effort to bring this dream to reality. Most importantly, the Town made a commitment to move this project forward, 10-years in the waiting, and found a location, a centrally-located piece of town-owned land, where it could be built. We then worked with the Town on a grant and a public meeting. While we did not get the grant, we feel confident that this project will move forward in the next few years.
GG’s 10th BIRTHDAY PARTY!
Over 150 people attended our celebration that honored three of our partners: Greenfield’s Energy and Sustainability Department’s work to move Greenfield to a fossil-fuel-free future; the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s role in introducing composting in our schools; and Just Roots farm’s efforts to increase access to healthy local food.
- FY 2018 -
September 2017-June 2018
Over the past 12 months, almost 1000 people have participated in one of our many events and programs that include films, nature walks, EcoLiving Workshops, advocacy, and working with 5th grade teachers. We also continue to support the composting in our schools, the third year of a 3-year grant; participated in the planning of town building projects, such as the Library, to ensure that they will be the greenest possible; and continued to participate in Sustainable Greenfield Implementation Committee to ensure that our master plan is implemented. We also launched a NEW effort to update our web site so that it is more engaging, and most importantly that it is compatible with new hand-held devices
Following are some details:
Film & Discussion series: Sensing a need to give people hope, in the fall we showed Breakthrough in Renewable Energy in the fall. For the rest of our series we chose Youth, Clean Energy and a Future of Hope as our theme. We showed films highlighting inspiring actions of the youth around the world including; Earth Guardians 3-films about groups of youngsters who are suing the federal government for failing to guarantee them a livable planet and future; Landfill Harmonics, amazing story of a youth orchestra using instruments made from things gleaned from the landfill prove that children who are given an opportunity for growth can exceed all expectations, even their own; 5-inspirational shorts about Youth; and Winds of Change, a documentary film of Block Island’s new wind farm made by Greenfield’s own Four Rivers Public Charter School students. We organized these films in collaboration with the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice.
Deepening our work with Youth:
- 5th grade teachers added the raising of brook trout with our financial support.
- We launched a NEW effort in the high school. We worked with the drama teacher and others on a theater project about climate change solutions.
- We continued to meet with the Greenfield Superintendent and others to identify steps needed to get our schools apply for Green Ribbon Schools recognition.
We continue to work toward clean energy, and climate change solutions in our town, our schools, and on state legislation.