Last year, Green Newton donated funds to purchase a lighted bus shelter to commemorate its 25 years of environmental activism. The bus shelter has now been installed and is in use! It serves the MBTA route 59 bus-stop at Walnut Street and Homer Street, next to City Hall. Please be sure to take a look the next time you are in the area.

The shelter’s solar power LED lights (with a 5-day battery backup) will provide a measure of safety for folks who wait for buses at that stop from October through March when it turns dark as early as 4:30 p.m. This gift also makes visible the benefits of using solar energy and energy-efficient lighting, and it encourages the use of public transportation. All of these features reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and increase energy efficiency: two key aspects of Green Newton’s mission.

The Solar Bus Shelter reflects Green Newton’s core values of: improving the way we use resources, promoting green building measures, building awareness of eco-friendly alternatives, and energy conservation, and promoting public dialogue about the environment – in this case, about healthy, balanced, environmentally-friendly growth for our city.

We are grateful to our supporters for your fantastic work to support our precious environment, and it is in all of our names that we make this gift to the City.