New England Grassroots Environment Fund

NEGEF News: January/February 2010      the environmental health issue

Upcoming Grant Deadline: Feb 15th

NEGEF's root$hare

NEGEF's first Small Grants application deadline is just 2 weeks away! All applications must be postmarked or emailed by February 15th to be considered. If your group applied last May and has submitted your Final Report by the 15th, you are eligible to reapply for funding.

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root$hare report: Thank You!

NEGEF's root$hare

The kick off of root$hare was a huge success! To date the campaign has raised over $15,000 and every one of those dollars will go directly to support grassroots groups in 2010. Thank you root$harers for giving back to give forward! Root$hare is NEGEF’s on-going, online way of raising funds for the grassroots. From time to time, all the citizen activists in the NEGEF Grassroots Network will be asked to give a root$hare. Lots of little gifts add up to lots of support for the work you do in your community. So, if you have not given your annual root$hare, consider giving your root$hare today, and ask others in your group to do the same.
                  Thanks again from all your fellow grassrooters!

Walkers Demand Yankee's Retirement

Marchers walk to the VT Statehouse

NEGEF grantee Safe and Green Campaign organized over 100 New Englanders in a walk from Barre to the VT statehouse in Montpelier, calling on state legislators to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor as scheduled in 2012. A smaller group of walkers kicked off the event, taking 11 days to walk the 126 miles from the reactor's home in Vernon all the way to the capitol. The 100+ walkers met with 100 additional activists at the statehouse to deliver a petition signed by 1,656 people living within 20 miles of the reactor. Safe and Green is a tri-state effort focusing on public education, outreach, and organizing among people in the 50 towns in VT, MA, and NH within the 20 mile radius. Read the article

A Bike Plan for New Haven

Elm City Cycling

NEGEF grantee Elm City Cycling formally presented its 39-page 2010 Bike Plan to New Haven's transportation department this week. The plan arrives after more than a year of heated debate in town over how to encourage people to travel by bike, but also how cyclists and drivers can share the road without harming each other. The group, comprised of more than 400 bicycle advocates in the Greater New Haven, is committed to making the region and the city more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly. Read the plan.

Plan Now for a Safe Lawn, Garden & Home in 2010

Green Decade Newton

NEGEF grantee Green Decade Newton offers some great resources on chemical free lawns, gardens and homes. Click Here For More
Also check out the work these great groups: Neighborhood Pesticide Action Committee
Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine

Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Vermont

Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Tomorrow

Plan your organic lawn and garden now...Spring is just around the corner!


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Grant & Fundraising Opportunities

NEGEF Small Grants: 2/15

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2010 EPA Healthy Communities Grant Program: 3/1

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Harvest Grants for Ag Projects in Maine: 2/12

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Upcoming Events

28th Annual Winter NOFA-VT Conference: Celebrating the Heart of Organic
WHEN: February 13-15, 2010
WHERE: UVM, Burlington, VT

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2010 RI Land & Water Conservation Summit
WHEN: March 27, 2010
WHERE: URI Kingston Campus, S. Kingstown, RI

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Save the Date! 2010 Environmental Action (MA)
WHEN: April 11, 2010
WHERE: Bentley University, Waltham, MA

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Grantee Stories

MA group Martins Pond Association releases its report on controling purple loosestrife, using Galerucella beetles, not herbicides, to combat the invasive species.

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Tips & Tools

Think twice before putting on that lipstick...Check out What's in Your Products? from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

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