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Greening Our Community: Newton’s Energy Action Plan
Come to the Newton Free Library for the final program in this year’s Greening Our Community Series: Newton's Energy Action Plan, at which Mayor Warren and key city staff, along with a member of Newton's Energy Commission, will give an overview of the city’s progress to date on issues related to conserving energy, focusing in particular on Newton's public buildings. They will summarize where we stand now and what we can do going forward.
“Newton's Energy Commission first released its energy and emissions inventory in 2005 laying out goals for city government as well as suggestions for residents and businesses. Since then much has been accomplished including:
- An audit of energy use in public buildings
- Newton North High School (a LEED Certified building) was completed
- Streetlights have been replaced with energy efficient models
- The building "stretch code" requiring energy-efficiency measures for new construction has been instituted
- Green Decade/Newton launched the Eco-Project, teaching residents about carbon footprint reduction
- In accordance with the 2008 Massachusetts Green Communities Act, Newton earned a Green Community designation.
- Bob Rooney, Newton's Chief Operating Officer who oversees the coordination and implementation of the Mayor's vision across all departments and the development of policy to attain that vision
- Maciej Konieczny, Newton's Sustainability Project Manager for the Public Buildings Department
- Josh Morse, Director of Operations for the Public Buildings Department
- The program will be moderated by Eric Olson, Chairman of Newton’s Energy Commission”
More About Newton Free Library
The three-floor Newton Free Library offers an extensive collection of both print and non-print material including books, music scores, magazines, newspapers, audio CDs and movies. It is a popular place for locals to not only relax with a book, but also to study and work using the wireless Internet access and computer lab, which offers printing services.
Aside from Internet and computer access, library patrons can also use individual study rooms and study desks as well as larger meeting rooms.
Art exhibits are located throughout the library and a gallery on the main floor features monthly collections by regional artists.
The Newton Free Library is a one-mile walk from the Newton Center and Newton Highlands MBTA stops (green line, D branch) as well as the Newtonville MBTA Commuter Rail station (purple line, Framingham/Worcester line). The #59 bus also stops nearby at the corner of Homer Street and Walnut Street.