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Light Meal Included at Monday Night’s Green Charrette

You are invited to hear ideas from experts and share your thoughts with the School Building Committee during the Green Charrette on Monday, October 15 from 5:30 to 9pm to the Hunnewell Elementary School Gym at 28 Cameron Street. Plus, a light dinner is included. The School Building Committee (SBC) is charged with conducting a feasibility study of options to substantially renovate or rebuild the Hunnewell School to meet modern standards for education. Following an overview of sustainable design, including Green Building Certifications and Net Zero Building, breakout sessions will focus on: • Sustainable Sites and Transportation; • Water Efficiency; • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; • Sustainable Materials; • Indoor Environmental Quality; and • Integrated Design and Innovation. Learn how the design team is looking at creating a healthy, low carbon, energy efficient, and perhaps a Net Zero Building and then let them know your thoughts on what the sustainable design goals and objectives for the project should be. Bring Family, Friends & Neighbors Too! Not a Hunnewell School parent? It DOESN’T matter! This isn’t just about Hunnewell, but about how we look at energy efficiency, health, and clean energy in Wellesley going forward. The Wellesley Permanent Building Committee is hosting this Eco Charrette (public meeting) to give us ALL an OPPORTUNITY to weigh in on the sustainability features for the NEW Hunnewell School. You can arrive anytime  between 5.30-9pm. If you can’t make it please write to them and share your opinions. You can also watch the event later on demand at: wellesleymedia.org/SBC.

🍁Calling all Parents, Kids, & Friends🍁

Join Wellesley Green Schools for a GUIDED VISIT OF BROADMOOR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY this coming Sunday, October 14th, from 12:30 until 2:00. Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor is an expansive retreat along Indian Brook and the Charles River, an ever-changing environment teeming with wildlife: dragonflies darting, turtles basking, otters leaving tracks in the mud, and more than 150 species of birds. Easy-to-moderate well-groomed trails lead you through the shade of mature woodlands into open fields and along the edges of vibrant streams, ponds, and marshland. We’ll explore with an expert who’ll show us a couple of haunted havens! It’s absolutely GLOWING this time of year! Cost is $8.50/person. RSVP susanzelenko@verizon.net with “Broadmoor Walk” in subject. PLEASE MEET AT 12:20, TEN MINUTES BEFORE. BRING A WATER BOTTLE, APPROPRIATE CLOTHING AND SHOES, AND LOTS OF CURIOSITY!

Electric Car Test Drives & Rebates || Solar Info & More at Sunday’s GreenEXPO In Newton

OCTOBER 14 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Organized by Green Newton in collaboration with the Newton Harvest Fair, the event will have: Test drive the all all electric Nissan Leaf, a BMW i3, and Smartcar Fortwo Coupe Test drive electric bicycles and see how it adds zip to your ride Check out the substantial rebates on electric cars through Mass Energy Ride your bicycle to the Expo and valet it with Bike Newton! Find out how you can win 1 of 7 great prizes at the Green Newton tent Learn how an electric motor works at the Olin College Electric Motorsports exhibit Solar companies and energy efficiency vendors can tell you how to save money on your electricity and heating bills See how RIVER Mobile Power Station & Solar Generator can power your devices where there are no plugs Sierra Club, Environmental Voter Project, and other grassroots groups can tell you how you can take action now Ride the ever popular Energy Bike in the Green Newton/SGW tent Activities on the environment to keep kids engaged!

Planning An Event?

Planning an event? No matter if it is big or small; for fun, work, or school, Wellesley Green Schools has you covered with this updated SmartEventGuide2018. Save time, money and resources. Check it out, and share it; you will be glad you did.

Having A “Less Waste” Birthday With Reusable Wrapping

My son just turned 8! I learned how to sew Furoshiki wrapping cloths for Sustainable Wellesley’s “Reusables” booth last year at the Wellesley Marketplace, and this year I learned how to sew drawstring bags to contribute. We’ve been “upcycling” cloth remnants donated to us for our Sustainable Wellesley Marketplace Wrapping booth this year, but for our own home, I decided not to tap into the stash of donations but to let my kids pick out special fabric to have their birthday presents wrapped in year after year. The result is a beautiful (I think) group of coordinated bags and furoshiki wraps that allow us to wrap presents for the kids in seconds instead of minutes. Cleanup after present opening was super quick, and now the cloths are all folded in a small stack to go into a closet and await the next birthday. Not everyone sews, but cloth gift bags and furoshiki cloths can be purchased if you don’t want to make your own. After seeing how they worked for my family this year I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the investment. Besides, you can visit the Sustainable Wellesley Booth at Marketplace this year and get your stash started with one free reusable wrap from us! Thanks to all the people who have donated fabric (especially the Griffin family) and to those who have sewn Furoshiki cloths for our upcoming booth (notably Nerine Warasta in a strong lead).

NRC Public Forum on Pond Health Will Encourage Education and Action

The Wellesley Natural Resources Commission (NRC) will host a community forum on pond health on Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m. as part of its continuing Grow Green Wellesley initiative. “SAVING OUR PONDS: What Wellesley is Doing and How You Can Help” will examine the current health of Wellesley ponds and educate residents on ways to keep them protected. The forum will be held in the Kingsbury Room at the Wellesley Police Station located at 485 Washington Street. “Environmental education is a key part of the NRC mission and through this forum we hope to encourage residents to become stakeholders in protecting our most precious and fragile resource – water,” said NRC director Brandon Schmitt. Forum topics will focus on the importance of pond health, threats to our ponds, current and planned pond preservation activities, and most important, ways residents can become involved in protecting our ponds. The forum will feature experts on pond management including: Julie Dyer Wood, Director of Projects for the Charles River Watershed Association; Morses Pond Manager Ken Wagner of Water Resources Services; and Richard Howell, President of Friends of Morses Pond and Chair of the Wellesley Wetlands Protection Committee. Guest Speakers: – Julie Dyer Wood, M.S., Director of Projects for the Charles River Watershed Association on how you can minimize your impact on water resources – Ken Wagner, Ph.D., Manager of Water Resources Services on Wellesley’s Comprehensive Pond Management Plan – Richard Howell, Chair of the Wetlands Protection Committee and President of Friends of Morses Pond on how to advocate for your pond “Saving Our Ponds” is co-sponsored by the Wellesley Department of Public Works, Recreation Department, Sustainable Wellesley, Friends of Morses Pond, and the Friends of Brookside, and is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission at nrc@wellesleyma.gov, or 781-431-1019, x2294.

Rebates, deals & discounts on Electric Cars & Bikes

On October 13, from 11 AM – 2 PM,  let us take you for a ride, a spin and a walk! Come explore the great variety of electric cars that are on the market today, talk to owners about their experiences (no sales pitches), learn about rebates, deals and discounts on purchases and leases, and go for a ride.  Learn about the Stop & Shop chargers, and about the ones you can install at home. Learn about switching to green electricity to make your electric ride 100% pollution-free and renewable! Check out an assortment of electric bikes and take them for a spin. Ride your bike over for a free safety check. The Friends of the Rail Trail will be there to tell you about some great little-known destinations, current plans to extend the Trail east and west, and a demo of a free Rail Trail app. From the Town Center to Tower Hill, guides from the Wayland Historical Society and the Historical Commission will show you the history of the Rail. Meet the groups and organizations working on making our transport and commutes greener and cleaner! Several lunch options. When: Saturday October 13, 11 AM – 2 PM | Where: Wayland Town Center (400 Boston Post Rd) | Sponsored by Wayland Town Center | info: info@massenergize.org

Oct. 11 Gubernatorial Forum on Energy & the Environment

Thursday, October 11, 2018 FORUM: 4pm-6pm Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114 The Environmental League of Massachusetts, along with other sponsoring organizations from the environmental community, will host a Gubernatorial Forum with Republican candidate Governor Charlie Baker and Democratic candidate Secretary Jay Gonzalez. Each will take the stage for one hour and answer questions about their vision for the future of energy and environmental policy in Massachusetts. The forum will be moderated by Bruce Mohl, Editor of Commonwealth Magazine. Sponsoring organizations will curate questions on a variety of topics and attendees are invited to suggest their own questions by tweeting using #gogreengovMA or submitting them here. RSVP here

Winter heating costs have you worried?

Winter heating costs have you worried? Do you want to cut your utility bills? Learn ways to reduce your energy usage and make your home more comfortable and efficient. The seminar will review available programs that help you reduce energy usage. The 2018 Town Wide Energy Assessment Campaign sponsored by the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant and National Grid is offering no-cost energy audits, free light bulbs and significant rebates and assistance on insulation, heating equipment and appliances. The seminar will familiarize you with the audit process. You are encouraged to bring your oil, gas and electric bills with you. Volunteers will help you determine your benchmark energy rating and assist with the audit process. The seminar will be held Monday October 22nd, 1:00 – 2:00 pm at the Tolles-Parsons Center, 500 Washington St. Wellesley. Upcoming events will take place at same location on November 14th at 1 pm and December 19th at 1pm. Sign-up with the Council On Aging 781-235-3961. Walk-ins are welcome. This program is sponsored by the Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee.

Thanks For Making Our Beaches Cleaner!

We want to thank everyone who participated in our “Take 3” Beach Challenge to pick up at least three pieces of trash the next time you went to the beach. As you can see, most people didn’t stop when they reached 3! We received trash photos from beaches and even islands everywhere from Cape Cod to Casco Bay, Maine. As hard as it is to look at some of these photos and think about the danger they pose to ocean life and human health, this all trash that won’t be washed back into the ocean at the next high tide. For that, we’re really thankful. It’s also interesting to look at the types of plastic found and think about how we could reduce it. Maybe flowers are a good choice instead of birthday balloons, or balloon lovers could tie them to a chair inside the house instead of to a mailbox outside where they might blow away. The photo comprised solely of forgotten beach toys (that have been found new homes) is one that my mother sent me on a day when she arrived at the beach to discover many toys but zero families in sight. Writing our family name on our beach toys could help us keep track of them; I’ve looked at a shovel and left it behind because I wasn’t sure it was ours and wanted to avoid awkwardly stealing it from another family. Writing on items with a sharpie will help us retrieve our stuff with confidence before we leave the beach. Plastic water bottles, plastic cups, fishing gear and plastic bags are also common features of these trash photos. And if you’re celebrating the Fourth of July, it’s extra patriotic to make sure you bring your flag home so it doesn’t end up washed up on the beach and forgotten with other trash. (It’s been rescued from the sand.) Thanks everyone who picked up trash and sent us photos, and thanks to everyone who mindfully reduces their consumption of plastic to help fight this problem. With your help, we can enjoy burying our toes in cleaner sand.

3 Things You Can Do

Go pesticide free!

Take the pledge not to poison your yard, and put your pin on the map of pesticide-free homes HERE
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Get clean electricity!

Wellesley residents can get clean, renewable electricity through our Municipal Light Plant with the same great service. Find out how HERE

Find and fix gas leaks!

There are over 200 ‘natural gas’ leaks all over Wellesley. Find where the nearest leaks to you are and what you can do about them HERE