An Invitation to Change Everything

Join Sustainable Wellesley

Join Sustainable Wellesley

On September 21st, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

Sustainable Wellesley will join with and others from all over to take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

To change everything, we need everyone on board.
Sunday, September 21 in New York City. Join us.

We are organizing car pools and will get a bus if we need it–so let us know if you are even thinking about coming! Email or call Lise Olney 781-929-0246.

Not convinced yet? Read Power Campaign’s powerful call to action, Bill McKibben’s invitation in Rolling Stone, or Eddie Bautista’s piece in Earth Island Journal.

Residents Moving Quick to Sign Up For Solar in Time to Receive the WMLP Rebate & 2014 Tax Credits Before Expiration

Learn More About Impressive ROI, Trendy, Successful Wellesley MORE Power to Choose SUN Program at Upcoming 3 Open Houses

allegro solar photoResidents are moving quick to sign up for solar before the August 31 deadline. Signing up for solar before this date enables them to have their panels installed before the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant solar rebate expires on December 31st (panels need to be installed by that date) and in time to get 2014 tax credits. Reserve your no-obligation estimate by going to

With a very impressive ROI, many Wellesley residents are investing in solar.

“As new parents, it was important to us to create a healthy environment for our son,” said Jo Kaplan Lee, new solar owner and partner of Wellesley’s Allegro Photography. “The economics and ease of installing solar in Wellesley will allow us to sleep a little better at night knowing we are working to provide a healthier environment for our family, and our community,” Lee said proudly.

The trendy, Wellesley MORE Power to Choose SUN program has been so successful this summer, there are many open houses to allow other residents to talk to installers and locals and see the installations happening live. Please put these open house dates in your calendar:

Saturday, Aug 2: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – 11 Stanford Road

Saturday, Aug 9: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – 9 Crown Ridge Road

Wednesday, Aug 20: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – 12 Granite Street

The 2014 state average solar costs are expected to increase based on new tariffs on some imported solar panels. For “solar suitable” homes, the financials under the current Wellesley discount combined with Federal, State and local incentives are very attractive at this moment in time. Also, the time-limited Wellesley solar price is around 30% below the state average*!

The MORE Power to Choose program is run by Wellesley volunteers and sponsored by the Town of Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee. The solar portion of this program offers discounted group pricing from installer partner Astrum Solar along with a rebate from Wellesley’s Municipal Light Plant and generous state and federal incentives. Find out how easy and affordable it is to install panels on your home and produce your own electricity. By going solar you help the environment and your community, while saving on your electric bills. This program is working to lower the carbon footprint of the Town of Wellesley and setting a standard for the future of our town.

The overall MORE Power to Choose program provides residents opportunities to meet their individual goals of personal responsibility and engagement. Whether you are fully vested in living a green life or are interested in taking small initial steps, the More Power to Choose campaign allows residents to participate at their own pace.

(* based on MassCEC data on installers and costs updated on 4-24-2014)


SW Logo copySummer is the perfect time to consider some of Sustainable Wellesley’s simple solutions for lower impact living.

There are many events going on in and around Wellesley (check them out here) and lots of ideas in this newsletter and on our Facebook page.

Enjoy the summer and let us know what sustainable ideas and concerns you have. Together we can make a difference.

Best wishes,
Alex, Jeff, Lise, Quentin, Phyllis, Scott (our new interns Keenan and Matthew too!)