On September 25, members of Green Newton gathered together on Walnut Street near Newton North High School (NNHS) with Mayor Ruthanne Fuller and Dr. Henry Turner, principal of NNHS, to celebrate our gift of a bus shelter to the City of Newton. This bus shelter, the second given to the City, commemorates Green Newton’s 30 years of promoting sustainability and advocating for climate action in Newton and beyond. The first bus shelter was donated to commemorate Green Newton’s 25th anniversary and sits near the Newton Free Library and City Hall on Walnut Street.
With this gift, we bring attention to the important role that public transportation plays in reducing carbon emissions from driving single occupancy, fossil-fuel powered vehicles. As we work together to fight the climate crisis, one of the ways we can make a significant difference is to reduce our individual fossil fuel use.
Personal transportation use contributes to around 35% of our state’s annual carbon footprint. We each can contribute to significantly reducing this percentage by walking, biking, and riding public transportation, and switching to electric vehicles when purchasing our next vehicles.
Green Newton will also be donating a bike rack to the City as part of our 30th Anniversary gift, once a location has been determined.
We are very grateful to the supporters of Green Newton who have given generously to our organization over the years, helping to make this gift possible. Your membership and donations are crucial to the success of Green Newton’s mission of creating sustainable solutions to environmental problems facing our city and our world.
Photos by Ken and Margaret Mallory.