Phyllis Theermann

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Concerned about:
Your Family’s Health,
The Climate,
Environmental Justice

Want to:
Make A Difference In Your Community,
Meet New People

Wellesley residents are encouraged to come to the next Sustainable Wellesley action meeting THIS Sunday, October 20th from 2:00-3:30pm. The meeting will be held at the Wellesley Congregational (“Village”) Church (2 Central St.) which has handicap accessibility.

There are many ways Wellesley residents of all ages can make a difference and feel like they are “doing something”.

Learn about the many campaigns, projects, and opportunities there are for you to participate in, or bring your own ideas for  making a difference, both here in our community and as we work for environmental justice throughout the Commonwealth.

No experience necessary; just come with you variety of talents, enthusiasm and knowledge.

Some of the items on the agenda include:

  • ANOTHER Gas release at 25-50X normal levels

  • Legislative Action Day. Time to flex our political muscles together

  • Renewable energy to meet the town’s 2020 goal

  • Food recovery, composting & plastic waste reduction

  • Sustainable Fashion

For more information, contact info@SustainableWellesley.com.

To learn more about the not-for-profit organization, go to www.SustainableWellesley.com.

Website update is in the works! Let us know if you want to help out on that too.

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Natural gas is 95% methane, which is 86 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide over the first 20 years in the atmosphere. Over-dependence on natural gas as a “bridge fuel” is impacting Massachusetts greenhouse gas emissions targets. Gas infrastructure in MA is the second oldest in the country. Limited ongoing maintenance has led to an increasing number of leaks, which are not only a health and safety hazard in our communities, but also impacting the health of our planet.

Sustainable Weston Action Group (SWAG) invites you to the “Natural Gas: Triage & Transition” panel event for October 24th at 7pm at the Amy Potter Center, Weston Middle School (456 Wellesley Street,  in Weston).

During this panel discussion, local experts will share their insights and experience in addressing both short and longer term issues with natural gas, outlining the impact on our communities and providing solutions for a way forward.

Speakers include:

  • State Rep. Lori Ehrlich, 8th Essex

  • State Rep. Alice Peisch, 14th Norfolk

  • Dr Nathan Phillips, BU School of Earth & Environment

  • Bob Ackley, Gas Safety Inc.

  • Dr Brita Lundberg, MD

  • Ania Camargo, Mothers Out Front

  • Zeyneb Magavi, HEET

The event will be hosted by Leon Gaumond, Town of Weston Manager, who will share the results of a recent independent gas infrastructure audit in Weston.

This comes on the heals of an independent gas audit in Weston (and Wellesley) which revealed a crumbling and under-maintained infrastructure. The goal is to have an interactive discussion addressing both short and longer term issues with the gas infrastructure in the Commonwealth.

Individuals can register here: http://bit.ly/GasForum-eventbrite

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Sustainable Wellesley members gathered in front of the Wellesley Community Center holding signs, and wearing safety vests and tape measures of the sort used by utility crews to draw attention to National Grid’s lack of action on gas leaks. The community center is located near a major leak that has been known to the gas company since 2015.

Last week, Sustainable Wellesley called on National Grid to fix the dozens of persistent gas leaks in Wellesley. The leaks emit vast amounts of methane, which is a dangerous and highly potent greenhouse gas that is contributing to global warming.

Sustainable Wellesley President Quentin Prideaux said, “We first started looking at gas leaks in Wellesley in 2015 when there were 197 leaks reported by National Grid — now there are 261. The leaks are actually getting worse and we need National Grid to step up to protect our climate, our safety, and our health.”

The Sustainable Wellesley action was part of a larger effort across the Boston metropolitan area led by Mothers Out Front, the Gas Leaks Allies, and other environmental groups frustrated by the lack of progress on gas leaks. In Boston, more than 100 protesters gathered on Cambridge Street near a 13-year old leak. Activists are particularly concerned that National Grid has backed away from its previous commitment to identify and repair the largest volume leaks, sometimes called “super-emitters.” These large volume leaks make up only about 7 percent of the more than 16,000 leaks in the state but they emit roughly 50 percent of the methane. The other large gas companies — Eversource and Columbia Gas — have already begun using the accepted method for identifying and repairing these leaks, while National Grid has said it will not do so until next year.