Phyllis Theermann

Please join us THIS SUNDAY for the Sustainable Wellesley meeting from 12:00 – 1:30pm at 161 Oakland Street, Wellesley – the studio above the garage.

Get ready for good folks and conversations, some snacks and ACTION on issues you care about.

Some topics on the agenda include:

  • Transportation

  • Pesticide Reduction Plan

  • Plastic Reduction Progress!

  • Parade Planning

Let us know if there are topics you would like to see on the agenda.

Feel free to share this invite with others. All are welcome.

Please RSVP to info@sustainablewellesley.com.

Phyllis Theermann

As you know, the Town of Wellesley is currently preparing the Unified Plan, planning for our future. A draft is now available and they are looking for public input.

Please take a look at the draft here, or read parts of it including the Sustainability Resilience, and Green Practices, the Mobility and Circulation (especially you bikers!), Public Health and Wellness, Natural Resources and Conservation chapters.

Consider reviewing it, mindful of some of these general themes:

-Climate resilience and mitigation
-Renewable energy
-GHG emission reduction and energy efficiency
-Walkability
-Pesticide reduction
-Native plants and trees
-Tree and open space protection
-Waste and litter reduction

They are looking for YOUR feedback to the plan. Please share it here.

Remember, the goal is to identify the visions and priorities of Wellesley residents and set goals and priorities for issues ranging from land use planning, economic development, housing, transportation, and education, to Town government operations and finance.

Creating a livable, innovative and fiscally-sound Wellesley in the future, is something we can all agree on.

Phyllis Theermann

What are complete streets?

Mass DOT says they “provide safe and accessible options for all travel modes – walking, biking, transit and vehicles – for people of all ages and abilities.”

Designing with these principles in mind contributes toward the safety, health, economic viability and quality of life in a community. It improves the pedestrian and vehicular environments, provides safer, more accessible and comfortable means of travel between home, school, work, recreation and retail destinations.

That is why it was discussed at a recent Selectman’s meeting. There seemed to be some debate around this topic so please write to our Selectmen and let them know your thoughts on complete streets and how it helps to promote more livable communities. Here is their email address: sel@wellesleyma.gov.