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Wellesley’s Natural Resources Commission (NRC) is asking residents to educate themselves about their lawn care practices, and encouraging everyone to eliminate pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers from their yards.

 

Click here to watch a video produced by Wellesley Media and the Town Communications & Project Manager highlighting the Town’s ongoing efforts to protect the environment and public health from the dangers of toxic chemicals.

The NRC has also contacted our state legislators asking their support of House Bill 776 – An Act empowering towns and cities to protect residents and the environment from harmful pesticides. Read the letter here and encourage your senators and representatives to support this legislation.

Phyllis Theermann

This year’s STEM EXPO Sustainability Challenge was to promoting a local resource, policy or behavior change that makes Wellesley greener. These came in in a variety of formats such as advertisements, essays, videos, artwork and more. Students from elementary through high school thought hard and convinced their audiences that everything from food waste and removing chemicals from their lawns, to composting and hydroponics were ideal ways to help our environment!

Congratulations to the 2019 Sustainability Challenge winners!

Elementary School Winners:

-Elan Usmani: “Making Wellesley Lawns Greener” video

-Nalini Fiorillo: “How Green Is Your Community?” infographic on school commuting

-Abby Brown and Kayla Bohlin: “Plastic in the Oceans” website and video

Middle School Winner:

-Kellen Sharpe: “Composting” video

High School Winner:

-Owen Mix: “Hydroponic Greenhouse” PowerPoint presentation

Many thanks to all our participants in the 2019 STEM Expo Sustainability Challenge:

Nalini Fiorillo, Chase Gemski, TJ Reohr, Elan Usmani, Emelle Bedair and Layla Bedair, Will Hubbard and Henry Haddon, Nina Wied and Ellery Gerhart, Thomas Zhou, Jacob Gottschaulk and Cooper Gooch, Abby Brown, Kayla Bohlin, Emily Burnham and Audrey Song, Solène Zelenko, Claire Roney, Kathryn Bonnette, Caroline Stewart, Lila Welburn, Aiyden Pires, Hope Schofield, Chace Beauvais, Emma Brostrom, Lilah Wallace, Sean Sullivan, Kenny Song, Olivia Kashian, Costi Papavassiliou, Charlote Haig, Alexander Bertucci, Christian Pooley, Christine McMahon, Nick Lafave, Carter Rich, Ieva MacInnes, Liam Berger, Ryan O’Shea, Daniel Goldberg, Sabrina Gabriel, Leila Eccher, Cameron Poirier, Jayden Song, Graci Doherty, Ben Ackerman, Estelle Maroon, Jacob Recht, Max Wied, Allie Chung, Jake Broggi, Mike Lafave, Blyn Kull-Must, Hally Brown, Lizzy Hudson, Nina Waller, Riley Marth, Lauren Young, Zachary Nolan, Evelyn Harrison, Kaitlyn Willett and Hannah Cronin, Leah Wechsler, Eliza Towle, Kellen Sharpe, Blake and Robert Foster, Alivia Jiang, Owen Mix and Ian Lei.

Phyllis Theermann

The Wellesley Free Library and The Wellesley Conservation Council present:

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Photo by Marc N. Belanger (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Presented by Henry Tepper, President, Massachusetts Audubon Society

Since the arrival of the Pilgrims, the Massachusetts landscape has been subjected to cycles of dramatic change, and each has had its impact on birds and wildlife populations. Recently, accelerating industrial and residential development and advancing climate change have made it more urgent to preserve open land and wildlife habitat while making selection of conservation targets more complex.

Mass Audubon has long been a regional leader in open-land conservation in the Commonwealth. In this program, Mass Audubon President Henry Tepper will place Massachusetts landscape change in historical perspective, assess the current state of land conservation, describe new conservation tools and approaches, and show how conservation organizations can work with local government to preserve an environment that meets the needs of humans, birds, and other wildlife.

Prior to becoming President of Mass Audubon, Mr. Tepper’s career ranged from leading a community land trust in the Hudson River Valley to management positions with The Nature Conservancy and the National Audubon Society, and pioneering large-landscape conservation in Chile.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Wellesley Free Library – Wakelin Room
Admission is Free