The 13 Villages of Newton
Newton High School Reunions
474 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02458
GreenCAP is a committee of the Green Decade Coalition/Newton.
GreenCAP'S mission is to protect ourselves and the environment by promoting
alternatives to toxic landscape chemicals and pesticides (i.e., herbicides,
insecticides, rodenticides and fungicides) through public education campaigns
and community action. GreenCAP was organized by a group of concerned Green
Decade members in Fall, 1994 after Dr. Rita Arditti's presentation about cancer
as an environmental disease. Since then GreenCAP members have learned that
pesticide use is so common that any place we work, go to school, shop or play,
indoors and out, may be a potential source of pesticide exposure. In response, we
have developed a variety of outreach and education projects to promote the use
of safe ecological approaches to weed and insect control in our community.
- GreenCAP will become a community resource and clearinghouse for information,
referrals and technical assistance about the hazards of pesticides,
principles and alternative pest control methods.
- GreenCAP will reduce the use of pesticides by urging city agencies and Newton's
residential and business property owners to reevaluate all uses of landscape
chemicals and pesticides and to adopt IPM, especially in the schools and on all
public facilities and grounds.
- GreenCAP will promote citizens' "right to know" about the kinds of toxic chemicals they are exposed to
and the potential health consequences of exposure. For ex-
ample, in Summer,1995 we notified the abutters of the Green Line about the
MBTA's pesticide spraying and got the support of the communty and city officials to
encourage the MBTA to find alternative weed control methods. In the future, we
will promote pre-notification and posting for all public and private indoor and
outdoor uses of pesticides (schools, residential landscaping and lawn care, and
public lands) and promote opportunities for greater citizen awareness of and
involvement in pesticide policies and practices in Newton.
- GreenCAP will initiate and maintain cooperative relationships with Newton officials, agencies and organizations responsible for health and safety or dedicated to
improving the quality of life in Newton and promoting environmentally responsible
action in our community.
- GreenCAP will work toward increasing membership in the Green Decade
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