Phyllis Theermann


11282005_50239_0.pngThe Town of Wellesley Department of Public Works Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF) has an awareness and education campaign called Step Up! focused on increasing recycling in Wellesley. The goal of the program is to increase the residential recycling rate by one percentage point each year.
There are lots of tips here regarding world-class recycling here in Wellesley.

RDF- Recycling Made Easy in Wellesley

Phyllis Theermann

The Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills is the first community of faith in town to enroll in the Wellesley Renewable Energy program.

Last month, the governing committee agreed to sign up to receive ten percent of the church’s electricity from renewable sources.

The church uses about 58,000 kilowatt hours per year, and it will be saving about 4,200 pounds of carbon from entering the atmosphere by signing up for the Wellesley Renewable Energyprogram.

Enrolling in the program is part of a larger effort by the church’s Green Sanctuary Committee to encourage the church and its members to become more environmentally sustainable. In the church building, members have installed motion sensors on light fixtures, placed CFL light bulbs in appropriate locations, and resealed many of the windows.

“Living a life that is respectful of our environment is a central element of our faith,” says the minister, the Reverend Sara Ascher. “By supporting renewable energy and implementing energy conservation measures, we are doing what we can to protect the interdependent web of life.”

On Sunday, March 18, the Green Sanctuary Committee sponsored a special service to promote environmental action among the entire congregation.

Phyllis Theermann

They plan on giving up the family car for Lent and exploring the MBTA public transportation system in all its glory for the next 6 weeks.

They’ll be blogging on the topic and would love input from locals who’ve been riding the buses and the T and the train all their lives; as well as thoughts from cyclists and any other suburban friends who live car-less.  Wellesley is well situated for a walk/bike-to-all lifestyle.

It’s their hope to find strategies for making the no car life easy, even in wintertime.  They also hope to share useful feedback on any improvements, like bike lanes and local busing , that would make Wellesley the perfect place to reduce your family’s carbon footprint.