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Wondering how environmental justice plays a key role in achieving a clean energy future in our commonwealth, and how you can engage with state legislators to create the change we need?

Come to Mass Power Forward’s Legislative Training: Taking Action for Environmental Justice on Thursday, Sept 26, from 7 to 9 pm (refreshments start at 6:30 pm) at the UU Wellesley (309 Washington St, Wellesley 02481).

This training features leaders of the statewide Mass Power Forward climate coalition Laura Wagner of UU Mass Action and Claire Müller of Toxics Action Center. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Climate Action Network, Wellesley Village Church Environmental Ministry and Sustainable Wellesley. Click here to sign up!

The agenda will feature:

  • Brief introduction to the Mass Power Forward coalition
  • Grounding in what environmental justice means and how it is central to the Mass Power Forward legislative agenda
  • Overview and update of current energy legislation and strategy, and how it’s looking
  • Planning our next steps!
Phyllis Theermann

You can easily turn your food waste/compost into biogas by collecting it and bringing it to Wellesley’s own Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF). Now that is renewable energy!

Wellesley residents are invited to participate in a food waste drop off program at the RDF that’s intended to reduce the amount of food waste going to landfills by making composting more convenient for residents.

The three-month pilot, part of a series of initiatives conducted by Wellesley’s 3R(Reduce Reuse Recycle) Working Group, will help the town determine if there’s enough interest to permanently offer the program. The 3R Working Group includes the Department of Public Works, the NRC and the Sustainable Energy Committee.

Food waste starter kit.

As participation in the pilot is on a first-come, first-served basis, interested residents are encouraged to sign up NOW. All participants will receive:

-A free starter kit, paid for by Dept. of Environmental Protection grants, that includes a counter-top compost bucket, compostable bag liners and a container for transporting your food waste to the RDF

-A program tutorial

– Information on acceptable food waste items and those items that are not accepted

Participants will bring their waste-filled bags to a container located in the RDF trash drop off area.  The collected food waste will go to an anaerobic digester to be turned into biogas. Pilot program participants will also be asked to complete follow up feedback surveys.

All enrolled participants can pick up their starter kits at the RDF. The food waste drop off area will be open during regular RDF hours.

Phyllis Theermann

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For only $3 a month the typical Wellesley home can receive 10% of its energy from renewable energy. That is a really simple way to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.

Wellesley’s Power To Choose program enables residents like YOU to pay a small premium to purchase 10%, 25%, 50% or 100% of your power from regional renewable sources (such as the Spruce Mountain Wind Farm in Maine).easy-to-make-a-difference
More than 10% of Wellesley residents already participate in this program, making us 3rd in the US in 2014 for voluntary renewable energy participation. However, approximately 200 new households could move Wellesley up to 2nd place!

Did you know?

  • A typical Wellesley home (750 kWh/month) that shifts all of its electricity to renewable sources for one year, provides the same environmental benefits as driving 15,000 LESS miles in the average car
  • Our Town’s electric rates are so low that even a 100% participant would have a lower rate than residents of surrounding towns such as Needham and Natick

Please consider choosing Renewable Energy as it provides cleaner air & water, a stronger energy future, and greater energy independence.

You can easily sign up to participate at 10%, 25%, 50% or 100% online HERE or by calling the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant at 781-489-7766. They can also provide an estimated cost, based on your home’s electric use and participation rate.

Once you are signed up, the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant adds 4 cents per kWh to your bill each month and the proportional amount to its renewable energy purchases. You will see your percentage of participation and the amount of the surcharge on your monthly electric bill listed as “Residential Renewable.” There are no installations or hookups, this is simply a paper transaction and can be canceled at any time.

What a gift to your family and our future.