Sunday, December 23, 2012
If your New Year's resolution is to live a greener lifestyle, check out these 20 tips to help you stick to your plan.
If you want to be kinder to the planet and save some money at the same time, here are 20 ways to go green in 2013. TELL US: Do you think you could stick to a green New Year's resolution? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments sections below.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
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Each week, Dedham Patch highlights editor and reader picks of great local businesses, destinations, services, organizations, ways to spend a day off and more in our feature called Patch Picks. At Patch, we know a thing or two about being green, as we deliver fresh news not to your doorstep each morning, but to your computer. But we also know that there are some great residents and groups here in town that are also staying green whenever possible. We would like to recognize those who are committed to the environment. We want you to think of an organization, individual or unofficial group of residents who lead the way when it comes to recycling, alternative energy use or anything else you can think of that is green related. Tell us who they …
Friday, August 12, 2011
Today's weather, cutting the garbage in Dedham and 375 BBQ buttons available.
"Five Things you Need to Know Today" is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Dedham’s Harding-Lane Inc. preaches “high tides and green grass forever” with environmental focus.
Sleek cap designs remain old hat to Dedham company Harding-Lane. Dedham resident Steve Gifford and his sister Sarah launched their innovative product line in July 2009. Steve Gifford noted he and his sister were interested taking on a new challenge together. "We wanted to get into the startup life, the entrepreneurial life," Steve Gifford said. The Giffords' business took shape slowly, but people have taken notice of the unique hats recently. The company's website went live in January, and Gifford said business has been booming. "It's been more than either of us ever could have hoped for or expected," Gifford said. "The response [from customers] has been amazing. "I would have laughed at you if you told me we'd be in 15 to 20 stores in …
Friday, June 3, 2011
A look at how the chemicals and machinery we use in attaining the perfect lawn have made us ill.
Ahhh, the sights and sounds of spring! Birds are singing their beautiful songs. Fragrant, eye popping blooms are all around. If you’re like me, after the long New England winter, you love to go outside and get your hands dirty, uncover the grill, or kick around a ball. Looking at a myriad of gardening tools and tips – one thing is clear: the application of toxic pesticides, herbicides and insecticides where we eat, play and relax has some unintended and alarming consequences. An increasing number of studies show a correlation between lower IQ and exposure to chemicals, as well as ADHD, certain cancers and other serious ailments. I’m also skeptical about using a product, which requires a hazardous materials warning label and makes it unsafe…
Sunday, May 29, 2011
A look back at some of the news we covered this past week from May 23-29.
Dedham's campaign to save on energy, on utility bills and move to enjoy the environment a bit more filled the headlines this week on Dedham Patch. On Monday, we ran a story with a video on the new solar panels on the roof of Dedham High School Later in the week, town officials were officially recognized as a Green Community by the state, and received a grant toward its solar panel project. Dedhamites will soon be able to enjoy the refuge of the Charles River soon enough. The town's Enviornmental Coordiantor, Virginia LeClair, told us this week that the Dolan Center canoe launch will be ready for a grand kick-off event toward the end of August. Police and fire officials were busy this week. While the police department stepped up its "…
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Earth Day is Friday, and we have a list of five ways you can help out Dedham.
Dedham Patch now runs a weekly feature called Patch Picks, highlighting editor and reader picks of great local businesses, destinations, services, organizations, ways to spend a day off, and more. This week, we asked our readers to give us five ways Dedham residents can contribute to making the earth a cleaner and healthier place. From a simple task to complete in honor of Earth Day to something that you can try to sustain for a long period of time, here are a few ways to do your part in helping the environment.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Receiving an energy audit for your home won't be expensive and it can save you a bundle.
So far, winter has been cold, snowy and expensive. To combat the raising costs of heating our home, we decided to do something about it this year. I called on one of the Mass Save approved vendors, Next Step Living to procure an in-depth, multi-step home energy assessment. This may sound expensive, but the audit is actually free for all NSTAR customers and is just a small part of the extensive list of Energy Efficiency Programs that are available to all customers who automatically pay into the Energy Conservation line item on their bill. Home energy assessments vary, this is what I experienced with Next Step Living: After the completion of the audit and analysis of the data, the Next Step Living consultant determined that additional attic…
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Biking to work or just for enjoyment cuts down on consumption of oil and burns calories.
Now that summer is winding down and we look to get back to our work and school routines, it's a good opportunity to take a look at how we get there. Some drive their car; others take the commuter train or the bus, while some still commute by bike – including myself. While biking to Dedham Square or beyond, I like to enjoy the scenery, say hello to neighbors and rely less on costly and polluting fossil fuels. Biking is the most energy efficient form of personal transportation - it's also very fun! According to the Worldwatch Institute, "Energy used per passenger-mile (calories) is 1,860 for a car, while only 35 for a bike." With more than 30 percent of the American population being categorized as obese and most trips lasting three miles or …
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Dedham Public Library held an event, the last of a summer-long series, complete with child-friendly entertainment, summer treats and announcements of art contest winners.
Dedham Public Library held a Grand Finale Family Concert Friday as a musical farewell of sorts to a summer of clear skies and care-free festivities, a final send-off to prepare for the seasons studded with stress and manic obligations. The announcement of environmentally friendly, recycling-themed "Go Green at Your Library" art contest winners took place at the very end, which consisted of categories up to seventh grade. Most of the winners didn't show up to claim a prize – though each one who did took home fittingly green-colored prize packages, square shapes indicating an assortment of books. The kids who participated were the ones who had no trouble laughing and voicing themselves out loud, even while in the presence of their parents …