Phyllis Theermann

Bring your family, neighbors and friends to march about environmental concerns in the Wellesley Parade this Sunday. Folks are lining up at 12.45pm on the corner of Elm and Washington Streets. Bring a wagon for the little ones. We have butterfly signs and pinwheels for them to hold.

Look for the sailboat and an electric vehicle promoting healthy, clean wind energy as well as the butterflies and flowers promoting healthy lawns and pollinators.  Sustainable Wellesley, Wellesley Green Schools, Friends of Morses Pond, Wellesley Conservation CouncilWellesley Natural Resources Commission, Friends of Brookside and others will march together. It’s so much fun, please join us!

You will enjoy the shout outs and cheers from friendly spectators along the route.

We are grateful to Laurel for organizing us, the Bender Family for building the float, the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant for their support, and the Wellesley Wonderful Weekend Parade organizers.

There is a great deal of environmental enthusiasm in town. Simply, email to learn how you can get involved.

Phyllis Theermann

Idling  Is Against the Law
Has Costs & is

Town departments across Wellesley, Girl Scout Troop 73505 and Wellesley Green Schools are proud to launch the Earth Day 2019 No Idling Campaign.

Commencing on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, Girl Scouts have been out at a variety of schools thanking drivers for NOT IDLING with handmade car fresheners with a no idling message.

The Girl Scouts are sharing the message that not only is idling against the law and there are costs associated with idling, but it’s unhealthy, especially for children around school car lines.

Thanks to a coordinated campaign with Wellesley’s Board of Selectmen, Health, Police, Public Works, Recreation, and School Departments, as well as Wellesley’s Housing Authority,  Natural Resources Commission, the Municipal Light Plant, Sustainable Energy Committee, Trails Committee, Wellesley Free Library, and Youth Commission, in conjunction with Dana Hall School, Friends of Brookside, Friends of Morses Pond, Sustainable Wellesley, Temple Beth Elohim Green Team,  UU Wellesley, Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project, Wellesley Village Church, Wellesley Conservation Council, Wellesley Council on Aging, Wellesley Green Schools, Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, Wellesley United Soccer Club, Wellesley Weston Chabad House, Wellesley Youth Baseball & Softball, Wellesley Youth Lacrosse Club, and the inspirational Girl Scout Troop 73505, it will be hard to ignore the town-wide no idling messaging.  

Look for IT’S VITAL NOT TO IDLE signs at schools as well as at the RDF, at Longfellow Pond and other areas around Wellesley. There are MANY good reasons not to idle.

Did you know?


  • 40+ hazardous air pollutants are emitted from engine exhaust

  • 10 seconds of idling wastes more fuel than restarting the engine

  • Driving warms up your car 2 times faster than idling on a cold day

  • 5 minutes is the legal limit before violating Massachusetts State Law

  • Penalties for the first offense is $100 and the second and subsequent are $500

  • Children have developing respiratory systems, breathe 50% more air per pound of body weight than adults, and are closer to exhaust pipes

  • Outdoor air pollution is one of the 8 leading triggers for asthma attacks

  • 1 gallon of gas produces 17lbs of CO 2 – a contributor to greenhouse gases

  • 2 minutes of idling uses as much fuel as traveling 1 mile

Consider turning your engine off the next time you are waiting in the car. It can improve public health, protect the environment and enhance the quality of life.

Phyllis Theermann
Wellesley High School Student Getting Signatures

Wellesley High School Green Team Members Getting Signatures

Throughout September and October, Sustainable Wellesley and the League of Women Voters of Wellesley lead a joint petition drive to help put an updated bottle deposit question on the ballot in November 2014. Our two groups agreed to collect 1,000 signatures, and with the help of many other green groups in town, we blew past that goal and turned in almost 1,500 signatures! We were joined by volunteers from Friends of Brookside, Friends of Morse’s Pond, Temple Beth Elohim, Unitarian Universalists of Wellesley, the Village Church, and the students on the Wellesley High School Green Team. Lead by students Matthew Hornung and Korinna Garfield, the WHS Green Team collected 139 signatures from students who are registered to vote, faculty, administrators, and even drivers in the school carpool lane (see photo).

The ballot initiative proposes a five-cent deposit on single-serve bottles that contain non-carbonated drinks such as water, sports drinks, juices, and tea. The current bottle deposit law covers only carbonated beverage containers, and beer cans and bottles. By updating the law, Massachusetts is likely to see a dramatic increase in recycling rates. Currently 80 percent of the carbonated beverage bottles covered by the deposit law are recycled, but only about 20 percent of non-carbonated beverage bottles are being recycled. Statewide, we are consuming 1.3 billion non-carbonated beverages every year—enough to fill Fenway Park to the Monster seats, according to MASSPIRG.

Volunteers from the League of Women Voters, MASSPIRG, the Environmental League of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Sierra Club have been gathering signatures statewide and thousands of petitions are now being reviewed and certified by town clerks. The certified petitions will then be submitted to the Secretary of the Commonwealth for review.