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If you work for a town or city, you have a tremendous opportunity to improve the environment and public health. To start, you could purchase environmentally preferable products such as cleaning products from the State's Environmentally Preferable Procurement Contract.

Newton City Hall
Municipalities have many opportunities to implement toxics use reduction

You could also promote the use of safer and more sustainable green building materials for renovated or newly constructed schools and town buildings. For town land care, you can promote alternatives to traditional pesticide use by developing an Organic or Integrated Pest Management Policy and using only Organic or IPM contract services.

Municipalities can also work with households, small businesses and Local industry to promote the reduction of toxics in their community. Displayed on this site are local government toxics use reduction model projects and materials developed through our Community Grant Program. Be sure to also visit our Schools section to view more ideas for projects in your neighborhood.