10¢ Paper Bag Fee Approved

The City Council has unanimously approved an ordinance requiring Newton businesses to charge customers 10 cents for every paper bag the store provides at checkout. Larger stores, those over 3,500 square feet, will be required to implement the fee in six months. Smaller stores will have a year to prepare.  [Read more…]

Newton Citizens Climate Action Plan (from Annual Meeting)

In May, the Newton Citizens Commission on Energy, led by Dr. Halina Brown, published the Newton Citizens Climate Action Plan, a realistic plan to reduce greenhouse gases in Newton to zero by 2050.  Dr. Brown presented an overview of the plan at the League’s Annual Meeting on May 30, 2019.  Many thanks to the all members of the Newton Citizens Commission on Energy, and we hope to have a fuller discussion of the plan in the fall.

Click here to see Dr. Brown’s presentation:  NCCE Presentation–Annual Meeting

Click on the link or the image below to see the entire Newton Citizens Climate Action Plan:  http://www.newtonma.gov/civicax/filebank/documents/96838


LWVN Membership Supports Climate Emergency Resolution

At our recent Annual Meeting, members voted to support the resolution below, to be presented at the LWVMA Convention in Westford with other Leagues from around the state.

Climate Emergency Resolution

Unanimously approved by LWVMA Environmental Action and Advocacy Committee, May 22, 2019 for submission to the LWVMA Convention, June 7-8, 2019.

Whereas on October 8, 2018, the United Nations released a special report that projected that limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius this century will require an unprecedented transformation of every sector of the global economy over the next 12 years; and

Whereas on November 23, 2018, the U.S. Fourth National Climate Assessment was issued, which detailed the massive threat that climate change poses to the American economy and underscored the need for emergency climate action at all levels of government; and [Read more…]

Take the Community Preservation Committee Survey

Share Your Ideas About How Newton Should Use Its Community Preservation Act Funds!

The Community Preservation Committee’s new community survey has only 8 questions and can be completed in about 6 minutes. To share your ideas about funding priorities for affordable housing, historic resources, open space and recreation land, go to the program’s home page, www.newtonma.gov/cpa, or click on this direct link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G5KSBZD.

For help, contact program manager Alice Ingerson at aingerson@newtonma.gov or 617.796.1144. Thank you!

The League Presents…the Newton Community Preservation Committee

The latest episode of ‘The League Presents…’ is a discussion with three current and former members of the Newton Community Preservation Committee (CPC) about the process and projects that the CPC has funded.  Watch it today!  The League Presents…the Newton Community Preservation Commission

Thanks to Community Preservation Committee members current chair Mark Armstrong, former vice chair Walter Bernheimer, and former chair Joel Feinberg, as well as to Alice Ingerson for her help and to host Marcia Johnson!

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