Phyllis Theermann

March 5th Wellesley heads to the polls to elect candidates to variety of important Town Board Positions including:

Moderator
Selectmen
Assessors
Public Works 
Health
Housing Authority
Wellesley Free Library
Recreation
Schools
Natural Resources
Planning
&
Town Meeting Members

Want to know if they share your values? Hear from them at

SUSTAINABLE WELLESLEY’S 2019 Evening With the Candidates & Pot Luck

Sunday, February 10th
5.30-7.30pm
161 Oakland St
In artist loft above garage

 

RSVP
info@sustainablewellesley.com

Phyllis Theermann

Waste reduction efforts should be our number one priority, re-using is number two, and recycling is the third option — so lets get it right!

Wellesley’s Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF) was part of a story last Friday on Public Radio International’s The World.  You can listen to it here and learn how contaminated recycling compromises the ability to efficiently and cost-effectively sort materials into bales of marketable recyclable materials. This is especially true since China changed its policy, disrupting the global marketplace for mixed paper and mixed plastics.  This story will encourage you to rethink recycling.  When cardboard, cans and bottles are treated like real commodities, and not just trash, it can be worth some real money.

If you want to learn more about recycling in Wellesley, come to the League of Women Voter’s evening with the Wellesley RDF’s Superintendent, Jeff Azano-Brown, on January 31 at 7pm in the Chapel at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills.

Dessert will be served and the event is open to the public.

Now that this topic is on the brain:

– Consider ways to reduce waste this holiday season including wrapping gifts with re-usable gift wrapping  — similar to what Sustainable Wellesley did at last month’s Wellesley Marketplace (thanks again Kelly C).

– Read, borrow, and/or gift the book Zero Waste Home for ideas on creating less waste and less “stuff” to recycle!

– In an effort to reduce bag (paper or plastic) waste, Wellesley’s Natural Resources Commission is reminding the public that January is Bring Your Own Bag month.

– Get you post-holiday mailboxes under control. Get rid of junk mail!

Sunrise Movement No Excuses protest on Capitol Hill, Washington DC Offices visited Hakeem Jeffries and Steny Hoyer.COll

We encourage you to extend your engagement with Sustainable Wellesley by sponsoring a bright Wellesley College student named Emily LaShelle who is dedicated to solving the climate crisis with her peers at Sunrise Movement. Let her carry our energy and voices to fight for a better future and run campaigns pushing for the Green New Deal.

The Sunrise Movement is a group of young people who have dedicated their lives to solving the climate crisis. Since the election, they have played a huge part in pushing forward our collective futures through the Green New Deal Campaign.

– They organized over 250 office visits to our Representatives
– Made thousands of phone calls and tweets
– And brought 1,000 young people to DC and 300 to San Francisco to call on Democratic Leadership to back Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Select Committee for a Green New Deal.

Their bold actions have earned thousands of news stories, moved dozens of Representatives to back the Select Committee, and inspired tens of thousands of people into the movement. Most of those successes have been at the hands of committed volunteers who are eager to keep the momentum going into 2019.

Emily is one of those incredible organizers. Please consider sponsoring this smart, motivated, local college woman to do her work with Sunrise throughout the spring. Simply click here. In total she is aiming for $4,800, which will cover her 6-month stay with the program. Every month, funds will cover:

Housing + Utilities: $450
Food $150
Campaign Materials: $75
Personal Expenses: $100
Program Coordination: $125

Thank you for your consideration.