& 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.
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: