& GREEN: Reducing our Carbon Footprint
series on clean and green living and ways to reduce your carbon footprint.
This series is funded by the Chelmsford
Friends of the Library and from a grant from Constellation
programs filmed by Chelmsford TeleMedia (CTM) are available on DVDs in
the Library's collection and on the CTM website through video streaming.
Beat the Heat Climate Change Event
Did you know that UMass Lowell and the surrounding community are making strides to be greener to combat climate change? Join Student Environmental Alliance and find out how you can be a part of the transformation! Featuring guest speakers Mayor Murphy, Lowell Recycling Coordinator Gunther Wellenstein and more! Clubs and organizations that promote environmentally friendly practices will have booths to show how you can get involved. Free and open to the public.
When: Saturday April 27 from 12:30- 3p.m.
Where: UMass Lowell, East Campus, Campus Recreation Center lawn
Rain Date: April 28th
Free food, music, raffles and more!
Check out the Facebook page for more information and to see who is attending: https://www.facebook.com/events/497306833666737
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
at 7 p.m.
"Greening Your Holidays”
presented by Maria Bartlett
Save money, time and energy this holiday
season! Maria Bartlett will cover just about everything you need to know
about keeping your holidays green, simple and inexpensive. Maria’s
programs focus on basic, simple and easy ways to incorporate eco-friendly
ideas into busy lives. Some topics she'll cover include holiday decorating,
gifts (gifts of time, events, environmentally-friendly gifts), gift wrapping,
foods (healthy holiday eating), plants as gifts, cleaning for the holidays,
etc. Bring your own tips to help make the holidays green and to go smoothly!
Maria Bartlett is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Parenting Educator.
She received her B.S. from Cornell University, and a Masters in Public
Health from University California Berkeley. Maria is a current chair of
the Environmental Awareness Committee, Garden
Club Federation of Massachusetts and a Past President of League
of Women Voters in Andover/North Andover.
Maria worked for 25 years as a Nutrition Consultant in Pediatric Nutrition,
and for 7 years as a parenting educator. In addition she has volunteered
with the League of Women Voters and with Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts
with a focus on environmental issues for almost 20 years. Initially she
became involved around incinerator and power plant issues in the Merrimack
Valley. She is now involved with at the state, national and global levels
on many issues such as pesticide reduction and organic lawn care, home
composting, engaging children with nature and the environment, the Updated
Bottle Bill and Safer Alternatives legislation in MA, climate change and
& GREEN: Reducing our Carbon Footprint"
-- Related Programs and Resources:
photos of the Library's Solar Panels
being installed and view a graph showing the "real time"
electricity these panels generate at http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/library_info/solar.html
of Chelmsford's GCI Greener Chelmsford Initiative
Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute
(TURI) at UMass Lowell -http://www.turi.org
View of list of Green Resources [pdf], including books, databases
and websites that provide information on green living & technologies.
"Green Careers" presentation
by Jen Boudrie (2/23/2011)
& GREEN" PROGRAMS:
to Chelmsford TeleMedia for making many of these programs available on
DVD in the library's collection and through video streaming on their website.
Wednesday, Sept 19, 2012
(this workshop was not filmed)
“MassSave 101” - a mini workshop on making your home more
presented by Blair Kershaw of Next
Step Living and Tim D'Souza of Sagewell
A workshop on how your home loses energy and how you can access the
No-Cost Mass Save utility program to tap into rebates and incentives.
Presenters were Blair Kershaw of Next Step Living and Tim D'Souza of Sagewell.
Both companies have been working as Community Outreach Partners in Chelmsford
to promote energy efficiency by leveraging the Mass Save program on behalf
of homeowners. They outlined several
easy (and inexpensive) steps all homeowners can take toward a more energy
efficient home and save money and reduce our carbon footprint.
Benefits of the Mass Save assessment include, if eligible:
1. Free light bulbs, thermostats, refrigerator rebates
2. A combustion safety check
3. 75% off insulation up to $2,000
4. Additional generous rebates including heating systems and solar energy
Note: You have already paid for these benefits through
your utility bills.
May 23, 2012, at 7 p.m.
Lawns and Landscapes with Ann McGovern, Consumer
Waste Reduction Coordinator, Mass.
Dept. of Environmental Protection (click
here to see a bio on our speaker)
Ann returned to Chelmsford on May
23rd. Ann's May presentation focused
on the following topics:
- How to use finished compost;
* Health effects of pesticides;
* How to create healthy soil for lawns and landscapes;
* Management practices for healthy lawns;
* Management practices for other types of landscapes (flowers, shrubs,
* Alternatives to pesticides and chemical fertilizers;
* Resources for more information.
Developing healthy soil helps eliminate
the need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides in our lawns, gardens
and landscapes. Learn how to create healthy soil by using compost, mulch
and other practices. Learn what lawns need to grow well and what practices
you can use to establish and maintain a healthy lawn with minimal inputs
of chemicals, water, time and money. Many of these principles apply to
other landscape plants as well. The workshop will be tailored to the topics
of interest to the audience.
March 28th Clean and Green program presented a talk on Composting
with Ann McGovern, Consumer Waste
Reduction Coordinator, Mass. Dept.
of Environmental Protection. The Chelmsford
Recycling Committee gave away a few door prizes at this program - a composting
bin and two Fishbones gift certificates.
According to our speaker, one can reduce household
waste by up to 50% and create healthy soil by making and using compost.
Compost is the basis for healthy soil. Healthy soil grows healthy lawns
and gardens without the need for pesticides or chemical fertilizers. You
can have a beautiful yard without using chemicals that can harm children,
pets and the environment. Turn coffee grounds, tea bags, fruit and vegetable
scraps, egg shells, yard waste and even paper towels into black gold that
will transform your soil into rich, fertile earth.
Ann McGovern covered the basics of composting, different types of bins,
indoor worm composting for apartment-dwellers, and how compost can eliminate
the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides in your yard and garden.
Her workshop covered the basics of home composting.
• How to make compost easily;
• What can and cannot be composted;
• How to choose a compost bin;
• How to compost without a backyard using an indoor worm bin
Link here for some great resources on composting:
Your Home into the 21st Century" - a 2 part program - Sept 21 and
October 26, 2011
home consultant Rachel White and designer/builderPaul Eldrenkamp returned
for 2 talks on strategies for bringing your home into the 21st century.
As follow-up to the workshop that they gave last January, these 2 programs
provided more in-depth advice for efficient, durable, comfortable, resilient,
and sustainable remodeling. Whether you are passionate about environmental
stewardship or simply want to maintain the value of your primary investment,
you'll want to watch these programs for strategies, resources, and information
to realize meaningful and measurable improvements in your home's performance.
Rachel White, Ph.D. has trained and worked as a researcher and educator
for over 15 years. She received her doctorate in Religious Studies at
Brown University and is currently studying Sustainable Design at The Boston
Architectural College. As Principal of Greener Every Day LLC, Rachel helps
individuals create greener & healthier homes and lifestyles. She also
works with residential design/build professionals to incorporate sustainability
principles into their projects. Rachel speaks and teaches on a variety
of green living topics including sustainable consumption, environmental
health, and green home remodeling. You can learn more by visiting greenereverydayconsulting.com.
Eldrenkamp is owner and founder of Byggmeister,
Inc., a 27-year-old design-build remodeling firm based in Newton MA.
He has served on the boards of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association,
the Newton Historical Society, and the Green Decade Coalition. He was
also chair of the residential working group of the Governor’s Zero
Net Energy Buildings Task Force and the first Certified Passive House
Consultant in New England.
.Wed. June 22, 2011 - "Soil
Nutrition: Why the health
of your soil determines the success or failure of your vegetables and
your health" by Phil Jones of Jones Farm in Chelmsford.
Phil talked about bio nutrient dense farming and how to "read your
soil." There are many common sense ways to read your land before
you start to plant any seeds. He talked about some easy ways to improve
the soil in your garden plot. The secret to healthy vegetables is healthy
soil. Phil talked about some of the secrets farmers have used for generations.
"Bio nutrient-dense farming is the future of organic food."
he explains. "It's a measurable way to look at the quality of food."
Phil has been a local farmer for over 22 years.
May 25, 2011 "Beyond
Drew Grande of the Sierra
Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, showed “Coal Country,”
a film about modern coal mining. It introduces one to both coal miners
and activists. The Sierra Club’s "Beyond Coal" campaign,
strives to bring in higher standards of energy efficiency and more wind
and solar energy. The goal of the campaign is to stop polluters
and create healthy clean air while starting the green jobs revolution
in Massachusetts. Drew started with the Sierra Club on its "Beyond
Coal" campaign in September of 2010, after working as an organizer
with the Boy Scouts for 8 years. "In Massachusetts we are currently
organizing in Lowell, Worcester, Holyoke, Salem, and Boston to move beyond
the three coal plants in Salem, Holyoke, and Somerset and bring in higher
standards of energy efficiency and more wind and solar energy. The goal
of the campaign is too get stop polluters and create healthy clean air
while starting the green jobs revolution in Massachusetts." says
April 27, 2011: A talk on
"Invasive Species" was presented by speaker Kathi Gariepy
Kathi Gariep is past chairman of the Master Gardener Advisory Board, past
president of the Attleboro Garden Club and past chair of the Garden Club
Federation of Massachusetts' Gardening Study School. Kathi is Landscape
Design Consultant and on the Gardening Study Council. She has worked with
the Master Gardener training program and the Caterpillar Club, as well
as being an active member of the Mass Master Gardeners Speakers; Bureau
and the Massachusetts Horticultural
Society. Kathi lives in an old farmhouse with perennial borders, herb
gardens, a vegetable garden,grapes, blueberries, raspberries and some
very old apple trees that are still producing. She is a member of the
Massachusetts Audubon Society's
task force on invasive plants. She is presently the vice president of
the Mass Master
23, 2011: Louisa Dell'Amico presented "An
Inconvenient Food: The Link Between Animal Agriculture, Global Warming
and Environmental Degradation"
Louisa has an A.A.S. in dietetic technology and a B.A. in environmental
studies. She teaches a cooking class using whole, unprocessed foods and
has organized several events educating the public about food, nutrition,
animal agriculture, and environmental issues. She's been eating a plant-based
diet for over 40 years. Louisa's talk covered the various aspects of animal
agriculture that produce carbon, methane, and nitrous oxide gases. "It's
basically the missing piece in Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth."'
Louisa's information is based on fact and science. She says, "I like
to let people draw their own conclusions about what they want to eat."
Louisa and a couple of her friends brought along plenty of literature
and books about vegetarianism, plus cookbooks and delicious vegan snacks.
23, 2011 "Green Careers"
with Jen Boudrie
Jen Boudrie, director of the Massachusetts
Green Career Conference presented an overview of Green Careers, talked
about educational opportunities in the Chelmsford region and shared some
great resources. She gave us permission to include her presentation here
on our website. Click here
to see her slides. They include some helpful websites. After
15 years of growing a business in workforce development as an instructional
designer and three years of leading Marlborough’s environmental
sustainability efforts, Jen Boudrie created Green Workforce Training,
the MA Green Career Conference and MA Sustainable Communities Conference.
People who know Jen, primarily know her as the founder of a local environmental
group, Green Marlborough, where she works on sustainability projects with
other members of her community. Jen has a master’s degree in education
(M.Ed. Instructional Design) and enjoys working with people on sustainability
and workforce development. For more information about her work go to www.MassGreenCareers.com,
January 26, 2011 - Strategies for Bringing
Your Home into the 21st Century:
Tips for Energy Efficiency, Environmental Sustainability, Durability,
Comfort and Overall Resilience"
with Paul Eldrenkamp and Rachel White
(see Sept and Oct 2011 for more information)
"Laundry: An Inconvenient
Chore?" presented by Alex Lee, founder of Project Laundry List (www.laundrylist.org)
Alexander Lee, protagonist in the forthcoming
documentary, "Drying for Freedom," spoke about his organization's successes
and about his forthcoming book, More Time to Hang. With recent
appearances in People magazine, on the BBC World Service's News Hour and
an appearance on the Colbert Report, Mr. Lee uses humor, intrigue, and
his law degree to garner attention for the lowly clothesline. He talked
about the "Right to Dry" movement. Alexander is the founder of "Project
Laundry List" and lives in Concord, N.H. - see his complete bio at
October 27, 2010
"Reducing Toxins in Your Everyday Life" with
Joy Onasch from TURI
Joy Onasch provided an overview of where toxic materials can be found
in our everyday lives. From the foods we eat, how we manage our lawns,
what we put on our bodies, how we clean our clothes and our homes, what
we give our kids, materials we use in building our homes, to what we use
in our recreational activities. She told
us about TURI's role which focuses on finding feasible alternatives
that are safer for our bodies and our environment.
Joy oversees the community program at the Massachusetts
Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at UMass Lowell. She manages
TURI’s community grants, which are awarded each year to community
or municipal organizations striving to reduce or eliminate toxins. She
works on special projects such as: reducing the use of perchloroethylene
in dry cleaning, lead in fishing applications and solvents in nail salons.
She is an engineer with over fifteen years of experience with industry,
government, and institutions, assisting them with environmental compliance
issues and pollution prevention projects. Her technical focus areas include
hazardous waste, stormwater, wastewater, oil storage and toxic use reduction.
Joy earned a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College
and a Master's in Engineering and Policy from Washington University in
St. Louis. She is a registered Professional Engineer in three states.
September 22, 2010
Our September C&G program was
devoted to alternative energies with an emphasis on solar. Our speakers
were Todd Melanson,
Environmental Compliance Manager for the Chelmsford Water District. Todd
introduced us to the Chelmsford Water District's new solar facility on
Crooked Spring Road. Todd is the District’s lead on this project
under the direction of the Superintendent Bob Delaney.
The District's new water treatment plant is powered entirely on solar
energy. It is the largest facility of its kind in the country.
founder of Chelmsford CAN,
works as the assistant to the Director of the “Massachusetts Renewable
Energy Trust,” the fund responsible for statewide programs like
“Commonwealth Solar” and “Clean Energy Choice”.
Jean gave an update on the State's
Commonwealth Solar Program (http://www.masscec.com/index.cfm/page/Commonwealth-Solar-II/cdid/11241/pid/11159)
and provided info about the rebate program.
Fred Schlicher from
Massachusetts Climate Action
Network (MCAN) joined us for this program and told us about the state
Ami Hughes of Lowell and Sue West of Chelmsford presented
"How to make your own earth-friendly cleaning products."
Using non-toxic cleaning products can make a big
difference in your health and your family’s health, and you can
make your own cleaning solutions easily at home. Sue West and Amy Hughes
offered affordable, hands-on advice to make cleaning products that work.
They provided easy to follow instructions and recipes.Sue and Ami are
co-chairs of the Green Committee at the First Parish Church in Chelmsford.
They were a big hit at Chelmsford’s recent Earth Fair as they gave
out free cleaning solutions and easy to follow instructions. They do not
sell their products, rather they share information so you can make your
Ami and Sue shared the following handouts:
Cleaning Agents (pdf)
Recipes for Cleaning Products
Things to Avoid
April 28, 2010
"Clean and Green Roundtable" - We wanted to hear from you to
get your ideas for how to reduce the carbon footprint in our community.
We talked about the Earth Fair scheduled
for May 8th on the town common and ways we can encourage our friends and
neighbors to think and act green! Krsity Medina talked about the Chelmsford
Green Group on Facebook that she administers. Jean Clements taked
about the "Green Communities
Act" and other ways the state and federal governments are developing
renewable energies and encouraging energy efficiencies. Pat Wojtas talked
about the Greener
Chelmsford Initiative GCI. Bill Moreau talked about the
Lowell Canalwaters Cleaners, an organization that he started as part
of an environmental project at All Saints Church. Jennifer Almeida handed
out infomation on the changes
in trash pick up and recycling that will become effective July 1st,
2010. We are always looking for program ideas so we welcome your suggestions
for C&G program topics! Please email suggestions to email@example.com
March 24, 2010
"Xeriscape Gardening" with Master
Gardener Paul Steen
Master Gardener Paul Steen gave an informative presentation on using xeriscape
gardeng to plan gardens and landscaping. Paul Steen is the president of
the Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association, Inc. and a “Lifetime
Master Gardener.” He is a retired engineer, physician (internist)
and executive in the medical software industry who lives in Sturbridge,
MA. He is an instructor at Tower Hill Botanic Garden on tropical plants,
home/hobby greenhouses and shade gardening, and he is an Overseer for
the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Paul has been editor-in-chief
of Worcester Medicine for the past five years.
We opened the March program with tips on Spring Cleaning & Yard Spruce-Up
from Jennifer Almeida and Jean Clements.
Jennifer Almeida from the town’s Recycling Department talked about
how to get rid of the old stuff like batteries, old paint, etc. What you
can donate and where. Jean Clements, of ChelmsfordCAN, provided energy
efficiency tips that go hand-in-hand with spring cleaning. Jean works
at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and updated us on the program
that provides rebates for energy-efficient applicances, solar panel installations,
insulation and other energy purchases available for the average homeowner.
Jean offered to place many of the tips on the Chelmsford
CAN website at www.chelmsfordcan.org
FEBRUARY 24, 2010
"Crafting with PLARN" (plastic
bag yarn), a hands-on workshop with Kristy Medina
In this workshop Kristy Medina showed us how to make plarn(plastic bag
yarn), a plastic bag wreath, and how to fuse (iron layers together) the
plastic bags to create a stronger bag. Here are some internet links to
both video and written instructions for further information:
Kristy's website: http://www.textiles4you.com/
My Blog (lots of how to's on it): http://textiles4you.blogspot.com/
My You Tube Channel (lots of how to's): http://www.youtube.com/user/Textiles4you
JANUARY 27, 2010
The January “CLEAN & GREEN”
program presented author Lindsey Carmichael whose book “Greening
Your Family” was just released. Many of the household products lining
the shelves of our grocery stores contain ingredients that are linked
to adverse health effects. Lindsey Carmichael discussed tips and strategies
every family can use to minimize exposure to these hazardous ingredients,
by buying safe food, personal care, and cleaning products. Lindsey Carmichael
has a BA degree in English from the University of Vermont, She received
her Masters degree in Public Health from the University of NH after her
son developed asthma. In grad school she learned about commercial products
that threaten health. She has worked in the health field for 15 years
and is a frequent speaker about healthy and green living. She lives in
NH. Visit the author's website at
NOVEMBER 7, 2009
In November the "Clean and Green"
series presented a free Home Energy Savings Seminar which was sponsored
by the Mass Municipal Association. This
seminar, "Home Energy Savings," was one of 130 being held statewide.
The seminar covered the key elements to reducing home energy costs and
explained how to be most effective in reducing energy use and costs. Speaker
Laura Kischitz, stressed the importance of reducing heat usage by providing
do-it-yourself sealing techniques; information on which in-depth alterations
are most cost effective; tips on reducing electricity and water usage,
resources for home audits and resources for rebates and financing alterations.
She provided hands-on tips and handed out free educational materials.
Laura Kischitz is the president of Sustainable Life Solutions, a company
she co-founded to help companies and individuals take advantage of simple
changes to begin reducing energy, waste and toxins at home and in the
SEPTEMBER 23, 2009
Jean Clements from Chelmsford’s Climate
Action Network and the Mass Technology Collaborative talked about how
saving energy reduces our carbon footprint. Jean summarized some of the
things we’ve talked about at previous programs and filled us in
on the upcoming climate change “Day of Action” on Oct 24th.
- GREEN INVESTING
On Thursday, June 11, 2009, Rishi Sondhi, the originator of the Library's
Fitness" series, presented a special program on "Green
Investing" at the Chelmsford Public Library.
Chelmsford Telemedia videotaped this presentation. Watch their schedule
guide to see when this program will be aired. The Library has a DVD of
Rishi's presentation that you may check out. Click
here to see a pdf copy of Rishi's PowerPoint presentation on green investing.
Did you know this about green
-The biofuels, wind, and solar market
is expected to increase 50% from $76 billion in 2007 to $116 billion in
-The above benchmark technologies are expected to grow to $325 billion
in the next 10 years.
-Global investments in clean energy grew from $148 billion in 2007 to
$155 billion in 2008 in spite of a down market.
-Green business is no longer a fringe movement: General Electric's (GE)
environmental solutions Ecomagination unit is expected to earn $25 billion
in revenues in 2010. Rishi Sondhi talked about the future of energy, reviewed
alternative energy trends, and explored investment opportunities in green
businesses. Read more about our presenter, Rishi
Sondhi, at http://rishi-sondhi.blogspot.com/
Read more about his seminar and other Financial
Fitness programs at www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/programs/programs/financial_fitness.html
On May 27th, Jennifer Almeida,
Chelmsford's Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator presented "In
the Bin: Everything you always wanted to know about recycling in Chelmsford
but were afraid to ask!" Jennifer gave a brief overview
of recycling basics, explaining "dual stream" (and why it's
so important that we separate fiber and containers - and the exceptions
to that rule). She explained the reasons behind some of the rules that
seem arbitrary; and talked about the affect of the recession on recycling
markets and how that has an impact on what we put in our bins. She also
told us about some new things in the area of recycling and solid waste
On April 22nd, our speaker was Todd Melanson,
Environmental Compliance Manager for the Chelmsford
Water District. Todd's presentation, "Water and Energy: Today’s
Connection” encompassed present-day water issues (in terms of regulation
and water shortage). He showed how energy comes into play in delivering
you clean water. Todd has a degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.
He is also a veteran with 11 years served (US Army and MA Army National
Guard). He has worked in the Environmental field as a Microbiologist and
Chemist for 19 years, having worked on projects from Hazardous Waste (Disposal
and Cleanup), Remediation, and Drinking Water, Waste Water and Surface
Water monitoring. He has a strong working knowledge of DEP and EPA regulations.
As the Environmental Compliance Manager for the Chelmsford
Water District Todd has the following duties: ensuring compliance
with DEP regulations in regards to water quality reporting, watershed
protection, water conservation, emergency response, community outreach
and education. In this vein of duties, energy planning and conservation
have become topics that he has needed to address and work on as well.
Visit the website of the Chelmsford
Water District at
On March 25th Phil Jones of Jones Farm in Chelmsford explained the science
of composting and why you might want to compost. He touched upon organic
gardening and landscaping. He also told us about Chelmsford's community
garden. Virginio Mendonca of Chelmsford
also covered composting and told us about his veggie car. You can visit
Virginio's website to learn
more about his amazing means of transportation that actually helps to
clean up the environment!
Our first speaker on February 25th was Jean
Clements from the Mass Technology Collaborative.
Jean talked about how saving energy means saving money through simple
energy efficiency tips, and she provided information on Renewable Energy
programs that are available to individuals and small businesses through
the Mass Technology Collaborative. She also introduced the new Chelmsford
chapter of MCAN. To learn more
about how Chelmsford can help reduce the carbon footprint visit http://www.chelmsfordcan.org/
Also that evening we heard from Scott McClintock of Nexamp.
He talked about the solar technologies that homeowners and small business
owners can install to lower their electricity bills and reduce their carbon
emissions. Check out his website at: http://www.nexamp.com/homeowner
We want to hear from you!
We want your input as we design future programs and choose speakers for
this new series! Please send your suggestions for topics and speakers
for future programs in this series. Email your suggestions to the Library's
Community Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
the websites of our partners:
Chelmsford's Climate Action Network
Visit the websites of our funders:
Friends of the Library