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Green tips offered for earth-friendly holiday



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December 06, 2011
CHARLTON — When the town officially lit up the common's Christmas trees last weekend, it was done with the environment in mind.

Charlton is one of the first towns in the state to participate in the "make the holidays green" tree lighting program sponsored by Constellation Energy, in which the utility company will donate renewable energy certificates (REC) for the town's lighting this season. These RECs from wind energy farms will match 100 percent of estimated electricity required to keep the town's trees lit over the holidays. It's a small step, but when it comes to sustainability, it's the little things that matter.

According to the website Earth911.org, the Christmas season is especially tough on the environment, with household waste increasing 25 percent each year between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Stonebridge Press caught up with sustainable-living advocate and former Recycling Committee Chairman Linda Davis for some tips on how we can all be a little greener this holiday season. She said that with just a few tweaks, we can easily make our traditions a little more earth-friendly.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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