2017 secretary's awards for excellence in energy and environmental education
Phyllis Theermann

2017 secretary's awards for excellence in energy and environmental education

Bates Elementary School and Matt Delaney, Wellesley Food Services Director Win 3 State and Regional Awards

Bates Elementary School’s cafeteria recycling and food waste diversion project and Wellesley’s Food Service DireWPS Food Service Wins Awardctor, Matt Delaney won 3 separate awards in State House ceremonies this month, sparking statewide and regional attention.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs presented the 23rd annual Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education to schools and teachers (K-12 ) across the Commonwealth for their outstanding efforts in furthering energy and environmental education initiatives at their schools. The Bates 5th grade recycling team, Principal Toni Jolley and Custodian Al Martignetti were given 3rd honors and a cash prize.  

This same group won an Honorable Mention Award from the Green Up New England Challenge. The Boston Bruins and the Boston Bruins Foundation launched the Green Up New England Challenge this year in partnership with Project Green Schools and Walmart, aiming to develop Green Student Leaders in schools throughout New England for their energy, waste and water reduction efforts as well as best green school, community and sports practices.

Wellesley’s Food Services Director, Matthew Delaney, was honored with the Outstanding Green Community Hero for his vast sustainability efforts in Wellesley’s Cafeterias at the 2017 Green Difference Awards as well.

These initiatives at Bates and in the Food Services Department are make significant strides and thanks to the Waste Wise Wellesley Team, student and parent volunteers, Principals and custodians, similar programs are rolling out out across the district. Future programming options will address the urgent food waste problem and promote sustainable materials management. The goal of these award-winning efforts is to meet financial and environmental opportunities, cultivate civically-minded students, raise awareness about sustainability, and generate experience and knowledge that can encourage and help other groups to act.

Eva Bogdanovitch
Hayley Butler
Ava Chen
Isabelle de Fontaine
Olivia Frank
Nisha Hild
Jonah Ginsberg
Kate Gordan
Michael Hunter
Lorelei Martello
Emily Reza
Emma Sutherland
Stella Tomayko
Marybeth Martello, Wellesley’s Sustainable Energy Administrator
Al Martignetti, Head Custodian, Bates School
Toni Jolley, Principal, Bates School
Kris Scopnich, Chair, Secretary’s Advisory Group on Energy & Environmental EducationMatthew A. Beaton, Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs


ewasteIt’s time for some spring cleaning!  Did you know – just one cell phone, if thrown away, can pollute 40,000 gallons of groundwater?  Cell phones contain lead, arsenic, beryllium and other hazardous toxins that leach into our environment through our landfills.  Wellesley Middle School PTO and the Wellesley Green Team are partnering to run a CELL PHONE RECYCLING fundraiser!

Monday, June 5 – Friday, June 9, turn your old, dead, cracked consumer electronics into proceeds for our schools, and protect the environment!  Your used item(s) will be recycled in accordance with EPA regulations (link here to webpage  http://thewirelessalliance.com/recycle-now/).  After collection, your recycled phones and devices will go through a triage process to determine its status for reuse. At that time customer data is removed. It will either be refurbished or shredded for precious metals reclamation.  In this process, devices are shredded and metals are extracted for asset recovery.  By doing this you help the environment and prevent further mining of resources necessary to produce new devices.

Wellesley Middle School will be collecting the following items:

Cell phones of any age or condition  *  Wall or car chargers  *  iPods  *  Digital Cameras  *  Bluetooths  *  Air Cards  *  Leather Cases  *  Plastic Cases  *  Paper or CD Manuals

During the week of 6/5 – 6/9, please drop off any items you would like to recycle in the drop bins at the Wellesley Middle School, Kingsbury Street and Donizetti Street entrances, in the main office. There will be a team collecting items from your car at school pickup between 3:00 p.m. and 3:20 pm. after school at WMS.

unified plan 2017
Phyllis Theermann

unified plan 2017

The Town of Wellesley is currently preparing a Unified Plan, collaboratively with Wellesley residents, Town staff and members of the Town’s boards and commissions.

They are diving into topics you care a lot about including land use planning, economic development, housing, transportation, education, Town government operations and finance.  Let your vision and priorities be heard to create a livable, innovative and fiscally-sound tomorrow.

Mark your calendars and be sure to attend: “Sustainable Systems & Networks,” May 24, 6 to 8 pm and “Natural and Cultural Heritage,” May 31, 7 to 9 pm.