Annual Awards to Leaders in Sustainability


Since 2004, Green Newton has been awarding the Annual Green Newton Environmental Awards to individuals, community groups, and local businesses in recognition of their work in striving for a better environment. Awardees are announced each year in May at the GN program at the Newton Free Library. Please contact [email protected] if you have a potential nominee recommendation or have questions.





  • Karen Bray – Newton Safe & Sound (Individual)
  • Jenny Horsburgh – Student, Newton North High School (Individual)
  • Friends of Austin Street (Group)
  • West Suburban YMCA (Business)


  • Alison Leary – Councilor, City of Newton (Individual)
  • Environmental Science Program of Newton (Group)
  • Power House Dynamics (Business)
  • At GN’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, our Louise Bruyn Environmental Leadership Awards were given to Newton City Councilor Deb Crossley and Brandeis Professor Eric Olson


  • Nathan Phillips – Professor of Earth and Environment at Boston University (Individual)
  • High Performance Building Coalition (Group)
  • Boston College (Business)







  • Dirk Detlefsen – Countryside Elementary School Teacher, 5th Grade (Individual)
  • Newton/San Juan del Sur Sister City Project (Group)
  • Chapman Construction & Design (Business)





  • David Tannozzini – Electrical Engineer, City of Newton (Individual)
  • GreenCAP (Group)
  • (Not established until 2005)

Other Green Newton Initiatives

Students for a Greener World (SGW) is a dedicated group of middle and high school students whose goal is to reach out to kids of all ages and to help them learn and practice environmentally friendly actions at home, school … Read More

Green Newton organizes an event on the Newton Centre green annually in October, bringing together sustainably focused business, community groups, and area residents for a day of fun and inspiration.

Green Newton leads a forum for Newton parents and teachers interested in promoting sustainability in the classroom and beyond. About once a month, the group meets to share experiences and ideas as well as support in facing challenges in implementing … Read More

Green Newton’s Transportation Committee is working to reduce our carbon footprint, conserve natural resources, and create a more sustainable community by expanding Newton’s transportation options. We encourage walking, bicycling and transit use and want to reduce the number of Vehicle … Read More

Working with the City of Newton in 2015, Green Newton donated stickers with information on acceptable and unacceptable materials for recycling. Volunteers labeled 28,000 recycling bins around the city, helping residents better understand recycling procedures.

If you haven’t had a Home Energy Assessment within the past two years, you can take advantage of the great incentives and savings. Green Newton’s partner Homeworks Energy is now offering VIRTUAL home energy assessments at no-cost and includes: Shipping … Read More