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See You Thursday At The Sustainable Wellesley Fall Meeting – Sept 13th 7pm

Lots of important things happening early this Fall so join us for the next Sustainable Wellesley meeting Thursday, September 13th 7pm 161 Oakland Street (in the lovely art studio above the garage). Some items we will discuss:   – Town Buildings – healthy, low carbon energy buildings   – Wellesley’s Clean Energy Future – – Monsanto/Bayer – this worrying you too? Know something about the chemicals? Interested in legislation? – Volunteer opportunities – 1 time, weekly, project based; something for you!  Enjoy some drinks & snacks. Please RSVP to info@sustainablewellesley.com and email us topics you would like to discuss. New folks and ideas always welcome. Join us and meet some fabulous people.

More Than 100% Renewable – Natick’s Farm Tour; Solar & EV Events

Natick is not only working on going 100% renewable, there is more! Here are a few of Natick’s Environmental Programs at the Natick Community-Senior Center –117 East Central St. — this Fall. – Renewable Natick Event Tuesday, October 9, 2pm, free www.renewablenatick.org – A Farmer’s Tour of the October Harvest Wednesday, October 10, 2pm, free Natick Community Organic Farm Administrator Trish Wesley Umbrell – Going Solar for Your Home- How to Get It, Price It, Reap Benefits! Tuesday, October 16, 2-3:30pm, free Join Craig Forman, a board member of Green Newton and chairperson of Newton Goes Solar who has taught Going Solar at Newton Community Ed and at Cambridge Center for Adult Ed. He will talk about his experiences with his own solar electric installation. – Getting to Know Electric Vehicles- All Electric Vehicles & Plug-In Hybrids Tuesday, October 30, 2pm, free Presentation followed by a hands-on show & tell & ride in vehicles Learn more about Drive Green discounts here 

RDF Dates To Remember

Our helpful Recycling and Disposal Facility wants to remind Wellesley residents of the following dates: – Sunday 9/23 11am – 3pm Shredding Event – Saturday 10/6 9am – 1pm Last Paint Drop-off Day until the Spring – Monday 10/8 All Day Closed for Columbus Day

Hunnewell Feasibility Study Community Kickoff Meeting

The Hunnewell School Feasibility Study Community Kickoff Meeting happens NEXT Thursday, September 20, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Wellesley High School Auditorium. The School Building Committee invites you to come hear about the Hunnewell feasibility study process and timeline, ask questions of the project consultants, and learn about future opportunities to engage and provide feedback on the project. Topics will include the educational visioning process, key features of today’s elementary schools, the approach to sustainability, swing space options, and ways stakeholders will be included as the Town develops its plan for the Hunnewell School. 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. For more information about the Hunnewell project, the Hardy/Upham project, or the SBC’s responsibilities; or to subscribe to SBC news and announcements, visit: wellesleyma.gov/HHU.

Sewers, We Need You!

We had a great time making beautiful, reusable gift fabric squares last week at the Council on Aging but we need MORE wraps. Sustainable Wellesley is looking for folks who can sew easy fabric squares that will be turned into Japanese Furoshiki style wrap gifts at the Wellesley Marketplace in November.  This fun project is a simple way to make a difference to reduce plastic waste and non-recyclable gift wrap. Imagine how many bags and bows we can keep out of our waste stream with these simple cloths that can be used over and over. Folks can sew from home and we will pick up donated squares. Please consider donating fabric as well. Simply email us at info@sustainableWellesley.com. Here are the details: Sew Furoshiki Cloths: Cut a square piece of fabric a little larger than your desired size. 20″ and 28”  are standard finished sizes, but in general any square that’s about 3x larger than the object being wrapped works well.  Fold in each of the edges a quarter inch and iron; fold again and iron. Find instructions online for sewing mitered corners, follow and then sew around the perimeter of your prepared cloth in the middle of the fold. Flexible fabrics like thin cotton work best for tying.  For instructions on hemming and three different corner options, click here. Please e-mail info@sustainablewellesley.com when you have completed some and Sustainable Wellesley will make plans to collect your cloths. Be sure to save wraps for yourself. To learn how to fold furoshiki gift wrap, click here. Please Donate Fabric -Flexible fabrics are ideal! Stiff fabrics are hard to tie furoshiki style -Fabric remnants measuring at least 20″ square work best Thanks!

Wonder What It’s Like To Drive an Electric Vehicle? Want to Showcase Yours?

National Drive Electric Week is happening at the Natick Mall on 9/15. 25+ Electric Vehicle owners will showcase their vehicles on the first floor of the Wegman’s parking garage. You are invited to this free event to learn about various electric vehicles, talk to owners about their experience, meet great people and make new friends. Bring your knowledge and your own EV, or your questions about what it’s like to own an electric vehicle. Benefits of driving electric include:  lower operational cost, lower maintenance cost, zero operating emissions, clean air, noise free experience! National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) is a collaboration between Plug In America, Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association, with support from the 2018 national sponsors Nissan LEAF (the exclusive automotive sponsor for NDEW) and ClipperCreek. Details.. National Drive Electric Week Saturday 9/15 9am – 12:30pm Wegman’s at the Natick Mall. EV owners are invited as special guests and are encourage to pre-register to reserve a spot to showcase their vehicle.  Learn more about Drive Green discounts here!

Natick Launches 100% Renewable Energy Campaign This Saturday

Natick is launching its “Renewable Natick” Campaign at its Rise for Climate rally on September 8th at 10 am. This is a step towards putting forward a town meeting resolution that will move their community toward 100% renewable energy. This is one of thousands of Rise for Climate Rallies being held in cities and towns around the world urging local leaders to commit to building a fossil-free world that works for all of us. Be part of the rally and excitement. Go to the Natick Days festival on the Natick Common to learn more. After the Rise Up For Climate event on Saturday, swing out to Worcester to go inside a wind turbine and take Mass Energy/People’ Power and Light’s famous clean energy tour from 2-4 at the Holy Name Jr/Sr High School on 144 Granite St in Worcester. Mass Energy/People’s Power & Light is hosting the event as they change their name; show off a wind power battery storage pilot; offer a “teach-in” with local EV expert Craig Van Batenburg of ACDC Hybrid and EV Training Resources; and exhibit a bunch of electric cars. Plus, ICE CREAM & fun for the whole family at this free event! RSVP here. Questions? Contact greenreply@massenergy.org or 800-287-3950 x5.

Tell Me More About Net Zero!

Keep hearing about Net Zero at building committee meetings and from friends building new homes? The Mass Climate Action Network (MCAN) is hosting a Net Zero roundtable  on September 25 from 7-9pm at Maynard High School. This event will allow people to learn about net-zero building and ask questions about why net-zero building is important and how to implement net-zero policy in their town or municipality. The location of the event is 1 Tiger Dr, Maynard, MA 01754. For Google Maps directions, please click here. Also, please RSVP below as there is a capacity limit for the space (and they are providing dessert and light refreshments). Have questions? Please contact Kai Palmer-Dunning at kaipd@massclimateaction.net. MCAN is co-sponsoring this event with Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Mothers Out Front, Sierra Club, 350Mass, and Environment Massachusetts.

Send Governor Baker A Message –Stand Up to Fracked Gas!

Governor Baker has the power to stop dangerous fracked gas pipelines. Sign the petition to tell him to stand against dirty energy. We need our state to set an example for others to follow. We need Gov. Baker to say NO to new pipelines and YES to a clean energy future.  Here is The Toxic Action Center’s 1 minute video on why we need Gov. Baker to take a stand against fracked gas pipelines. It’s up to us to make sure he does.   

Go Green One Purchase at A Time

Whole Foods sells floss that comes in non-plastic packaging! Maybe they have for a while, but I hadn’t looked for it until I needed to buy floss recently. As I work towards reducing the plastic in our household, one strategy I’ve found easiest is to take it one purchase at a time. When something runs out, I look for a better version to replace it. Once I’ve found a plastic-free or less-waste option, the mental work is done. I know what to buy and where to get it and my life is now automatically a little greener. It can be easier to take “greening” your home one step at a time instead of trying to rehaul things all at once.

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