Go green with REAL tips you can use locally. The Greening Of Westford is a practical guide to going green, filled with tips, tricks and information anyone (not just residents of Westford) can use to save money, time, aggravation, oh, and the planet!
There is an abundance of information out there. Wading through it all to make sense, figure out how it applies to you and how you can put that information into practice can seem like a full time job! It can be overwhelming and feel like if you don’t have solar panels on your roof, ride your bike to work and eat all organic, you are failing. Not true at all! The Greening Of Westford is dedicated to helping people go green in practical ways.
I am an Electrical Engineer school and work-wise and Mom of three. For 12 years, I worked as a software engineer in the defense industry. After deciding to stay home full time with my children, I found my passion for green living. I truly want to make the world a better place for them. I started going green at home after a very inspiring Oprah Earth Day show in 2006 and haven’t looked back.
When I first started going green, I found, for the most part, it was easier than I thought and often saved me money. What I found difficult was doing all the research to figure out what to do, how to do it and why! I loved finding out about a “hard to recycle center” in Boulder, Colorado, but that didn’t help me here in Massachusetts. So I started researching and amassing a list of how to recycle this or that, recipes for homemade cleaners, lists of companies to contact to get off their mailing lists, etc. Finding simple ways to save me money, time and aggravation.
In April 2010 I joined the Westford Recycling Commission in their effort to help the Westford schools recycle more. In May I helped Nabnassett Elementary recycle their milk bottles, saving 35,000 milk bottles from the waste stream each year. I continue to volunteer with the Recycling Commission.
Next on my list was to get even more recycling in Westford. I created Upcycle It! , a unique recycling program that collects chip bags, energy bar wrappers and more to keep them out of the waste stream. These items are sent to a company called TerraCycle who turns them into new products. In return, TerraCycle pays 2 cents per item and for the shipping costs. This money is donated to the Westford Public Schools via grants for environmental projects. Upcycle It! officially launched in May 2010. Within a year, all 9 Westford Schools were participating. Check out the Upcycle It! page to see our current totals and grant recipients.
I hope you join me in my quest to Green Westford!