Are you looking for a way to make your child’s school healthier and more sustainable? Healthier lunches? Recycling? Come add your voice to the GN Schools Connections group on Thursday, August 29 from 3:45-5pm in the third-floor arc area of the Newton Free Library (330 Homer St., Newton).
Green Newton’s Schools Connections group provides a forum for parents, students, and educators to promote sustainability in the classroom and beyond. You are welcome to participate as we share experiences and ideas that support green initiatives in our schools.

After our group reached out to the Newton School Committee about the need to improve recycling in Newton’s schools, the committee adopted a new school recycling policy in the spring of 2019. In addition, our advocacy was instrumental in getting the city to consider environmental practices and waste reduction in schools with the selection of Whitsons, a new food service vendor. Representatives of the group will also participate in discussions to improve food quality and sustainability in school cafeterias.

In June, we worked with city leaders to submit a state grant application to support the expansion of the school recycling program. We are also advocating for the city’s approval to set up textile recycling collection containers outside of each school building. For more information contact: or visit