CELEBRATE EARTH DAY — THIS WEEKEND!

earth-day-2009-sacramentoON SATURDAY, April 26, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Earth Day Clean-up on the Charles River in Wellesley

Please join the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission for the 15th annual clean-up along the Charles River! Meet at the municipal parking lot at the intersection of River Street and Route 16 near the Newton border. Clean-up supplies will be provided, including non-latex work gloves and trash bags.  Please wear comfortable clothes (that can get dirty) and bring your own water (preferably in a reusable water bottle).

Refreshments will be served and all volunteers will receive a FREE Earth Day T-Shirt!

The event co-sponsor — the Charles River Watershed Association — will host a Volunteer Appreciation Lunch after the clean-up from 12:00-3:00 pm (your T-shirt will serve as an admission ticket). The location of the lunch will be announced at the clean-up. 

ON SUNDAY, April 27, 11:00 am to 3 :00 pm

Natick Earth Day Festival 2014 in the Natick Common

Meteorologist Harvey Leonard speaking at 1:30 (First Congregational Church, Natick).

Music, demonstrations, information from organizations promoting renewable energy and other environmental initiatives including Natick Community Organic Farm, Natick Trails, Lake Cochituate Watershed Council and others. Get ideas, get energized, get involved in recycling, conservation, sustainability, land stewardship—local and beyond!

At 1:30 pm, Boston’s chief meteorologist from WCVB-TV Channel 5, Harvey Leonard will speak at the First Congregational Church, 2 East Central St, Natick, about the science of climate change, the differences between weather and climate, and looking ahead to our future.

For more information, go to www.natickearthday.org.

Knowledge About Power is Powerful!

We often write, discuss and consider ways to lower our energy use. However, do we all know how much energy our households really use?

Knowledge is power! And knowledge about power is even more….well, powerful.

Our challenge this week is for all of us to find out how much energy we are using.

EnergyBill_ElectricityFor the latest electricity usage, simply look on the left of your Town of Wellesley utilities bill where it lists the monthly kWh usage information. Then from the National Grid bill, you can see your gas usage in therms. Finally, those using oil can check their bills and see the gallon consumption.

Might be interesting to chart your total usage for the last 12 months to see how you use energy during different times of the year.

Keep this information at hand so as you take on the Sustainable Wellesley challenges, and/or other energy reduction actions, you will see your usage numbers decrease over time. This will save you energy and money.

Watching your home energy use is the first step to understanding your carbon footprint.

Thanks for taking on this challenge! Questions?  Please email us at info@sustainablewellesley.com.

Natick Earth Day

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Sunday, April 27
Natick Common, 11am-3pm

Boston’s chief meteorologist from WCVB-TV Channel 5, Harvey Leonard, will be speaking as part of Natick Earth Day on Sunday, April 27 at 1:30 pm. Mr. Leonard will speak at First Congregational Church (2 East Central St, Natick) located directly across from the Natick Common.
Earth Day activities featured on Natick Common include music, demonstrations, information from organizations promoting renewable energy and other environmental initiatives including Natick Community Organic Farm, Natick Trails, Lake Cochituate Watershed Council and others. Get ideas and energize your efforts for recycling, conservation, sustainability, land stewardship and getting involved locally and beyond!
http://www.natickearthday.org