With holiday decorations safely stored (right!?), our thoughts drift between reflections on the year just passed and anticipation for a new one fast approaching. It's a time for resolutions -- small and sometimes large promises to ourselves regarding changes we want to make in the new year. At Sustainable Newton, we see the impact our actions have on our environment and our neighbors. Our board members are going out on a limb to share our resolutions in hopes you too will embrace small changes that together make a huge difference.
By Sara Vinson, Sustainable Newton Board Member
One of my resolutions for 2020 is to finish transitioning our household light fixtures to light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs. Honestly, I thought this was something my family had already done. However, when a light bulb over my bathroom sink recently went out, and I had to change it, I noticed that it was a compact fluorescent (CFL) bulb. Then, I looked around and found that we still have a good mix of CFL, incandescent, and halogen light bulbs in the house.
Why go to the trouble and expense of switching to LEDs? According to the Consumer Energy Alliance, LED bulbs produce light up to 90% more efficiently than incandescent light bulbs and 80% more efficiently than CFLs. Since my family is trying to reduce energy use, this sounds good.
By Mike McQuaide, Sustainable Newton Board Member
Here's a little good news to share... I recently had an arborist come out to our home in Oxford to check on our sickly elm tree to see if it could be saved. Thankfully, it can be.
But, that’s only part of the good news. When the arborist finished diagnosing the elm, he walked around to our large front yard and mentioned the space “would be perfect for some trees.” He volunteered that Emory University had not been able to meet its goals for no net loss of trees on property owned by the university. And, as a result, Emory was looking for nearby property owners interested in having trees planted on their property for free.