The program walks business owners through a checklist of 6 steps to sustainability
Left to Right: Alex Barber (SBN), Weezie Lawrence, Pat Vaughn, Virginia LeClair (Dedham Environmental Coordinator), Elsie Aubrey
The Town of Dedham Celebrates Earth Day
April 22nd marks the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day started in 1970.
In honor of Earth Day, the Town of Dedham is pleased to report on two environmental initiatives. The first being the Dedham Green Business Programs, which is a partnership between the Environmental Department, the Sustainability Committee and the Sustainable Business Leaders Program, a program of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of Massachusetts. The goal of the Dedham Green Business Program is to assist small businesses in making environmentally smart business decisions that will impact their bottom line and reduce their carbon footprint, while earning them recognition within the community.
The program walks business owners through a checklist of 6 steps to sustainability including: Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation, Waste Management, Pollution Prevention, Transportation, and Green Purchasing. Businesses must complete 80% of the measures in order to be certified by SBN as a Sustainable Business Leader. We are proud to announce that the first Dedham business to complete this certification is The Dedham Exchange, non-profit gift shop, located at 445 Washington St. After several meetings with the SBN, which included a site evaluation and a written report of recommended changes, volunteers from the Dedham Exchange developed a Sustainability Action Plan that guided them in the adjustments they planned to make to their building and practices. These improvements helped to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. Elsie Aubrey led this initiative with the Exchange’s Green Team: Leslie Griesmer, Weezie Lawrence, Annie Wood, Denise Miranda, and Pat Vaughn. SBN’s Program Coordinator Alex Barber encouraged the Exchange to complete tasks as simple as eliminating fax cover sheets to more complex tasks such as replacing light bulbs with more energy efficient ones. “The Exchange is proud of its green efforts, creating more sustainability awareness, and hopes to serve as a model for many other businesses in Dedham, “ remarked Elsie Aubrey.
The Dedham Exchange received a certification document, window decals, a logo for use on their website, as well as printed promotional information. The Dedham Exchange was recently highlighted on SBN’s Facebook page and in the Green Guide.
Electric Vehicle Charging Station
The Town of Dedham recently installed an electric vehicle charging station at the Keystone Lot located in Dedham Square. This Level II Dual Charging Station operates off of a 208/240v power source. Drivers can find locations to charge through a free mobile app on their phone that pinpoints the closest location, finds out if the station is full, and alerts the driver when their car is fully charged. Given the close proximity of this station to 128, drivers will be attracted to Dedham Square to charge and patronize local businesses while their car is charging. By the Town adding electric vehicle supply station infrastructure to provide electricity to fuel these vehicles, we are helping to increase the number of alternative fuel vehicles on the road and ease “range anxiety”. Electric cars have a battery that allows a driving range of up to 80 – 100 miles before running out of “fuel”. The addition of charging stations along major highways will help ease this anxiety and add to the sale of alternative fuel vehicles. Tailpipe emissions from electric vehicles are substantially less then cars and trucks fueled with petroleum products therefore reducing our overall carbon emissions. Through these actions the Town of Dedham has shown their commitment to making Dedham a healthier, more sustainable place to live. We are leading by example and we hope you will follow.
For more information on how to join the Dedham Green Business program, please contact
Virginia LeClair, Environmental Coordinator at or 781-751- 9213.