After being involved with a residential composting program at university, rising sophomore Emma Goldenthal found herself excited to contribute to similar efforts over summer break. She reached out to Sustainable Wellesley in May, with the hope of finding volunteer work and learning more about the town’s environmental efforts.

Energized by the organization’s grassroots nature, she has since jumped into creating a program to help restaurants in town reduce landfill-bound waste, decrease their resource and carbon footprints, and promote sustainable values within the community. Targeting categories such as food waste, community influence, and energy use, her proposal outlines dozens of environmentally-minded steps that food establishments can pick and choose from.

Ultimately, the aims of this program are to raise awareness about the importance of sustainability, formalize a procedure by which local restaurants will reduce their environmental impact, and motivate other businesses, individuals, and communities to do the same. With a framework now in place, the next phase of the project will be to begin working with a few pilot restaurants — so keep an eye out for updates! Let us know if you want to jump in and help on this project by emailing info@sustainablewellesley.com.

Phyllis Theermann

Thank you to those who have already have signed up to talk to some local restaurants. There are a few left so please take a look at this list and jump in where you can.

Here are #SkipTheStrawWellesley Talking Points and a leave behind you can use when speaking with restaurant managers. Might be best to make time in advance to meet with them on their non busy hours.

Finally, please use this form for EACH restaurant you meet with so we can keep track of the progress we are making around town.

Big shout out to Hardy Elementary School’s 3rd Grade Girl Scout Brownie Troop (#72113) for their huge efforts to get our community to make small changes that have a big impact.