Phyllis Theermann

WCPP scannerThe Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project has recently released a new free iPhone app that helps you identify healthier choices for everyday items in your shopping cart. The ‘SmartScan’ app tells you what ingredients are potentially unsafe or harmful – from the supermarket to the hardware store. Simply scan a product barcode and then press go to easily figure out what is in the products you buy.

SmartScan checks ingredients against the SmartScan database of “potentially hazardous substances”, and ingredients that match the blacklist are given a “hazard rating” derived from the NFPA 704 standard, California Proposition 65 list and Wikipedia. If no harmful ingredients are found, an “All Clear” notice is displayed.

Products receiving the “All clear” are not endorsed as safe, and products that receive hazard ratings are not necessarily dangerous when used correctly. SmartScan is intended to be used as a quick aid to help catch harmful products, but results are not guaranteed to be correct or complete, and is not a replacement for proper research.

To download SmartScan to your iPhone or other Apple device and learn more about the app go to www.wcpponline.org.

SmartScan was developed working closely with Davis Foster and Nicholas Perretti, former Wellesley High School seniors who devoted their Senior project to the effort.

Phyllis Theermann

Learn More About Impressive ROI, Trendy, Successful Wellesley MORE Power to Choose SUN Program at Upcoming 3 Open Houses

allegro solar photoResidents are moving quick to sign up for solar before the August 31 deadline. Signing up for solar before this date enables them to have their panels installed before the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant solar rebate expires on December 31st (panels need to be installed by that date) and in time to get 2014 tax credits. Reserve your no-obligation estimate by going to WellesleyPowerToChoose.com.

With a very impressive ROI, many Wellesley residents are investing in solar.

“As new parents, it was important to us to create a healthy environment for our son,” said Jo Kaplan Lee, new solar owner and partner of Wellesley’s Allegro Photography. “The economics and ease of installing solar in Wellesley will allow us to sleep a little better at night knowing we are working to provide a healthier environment for our family, and our community,” Lee said proudly.

The trendy, Wellesley MORE Power to Choose SUN program has been so successful this summer, there are many open houses to allow other residents to talk to installers and locals and see the installations happening live. Please put these open house dates in your calendar:

Saturday, Aug 2: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – 11 Stanford Road

Saturday, Aug 9: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – 9 Crown Ridge Road

Wednesday, Aug 20: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – 12 Granite Street

The 2014 state average solar costs are expected to increase based on new tariffs on some imported solar panels. For “solar suitable” homes, the financials under the current Wellesley discount combined with Federal, State and local incentives are very attractive at this moment in time. Also, the time-limited Wellesley solar price is around 30% below the state average*!

The MORE Power to Choose program is run by Wellesley volunteers and sponsored by the Town of Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee. The solar portion of this program offers discounted group pricing from installer partner Astrum Solar along with a rebate from Wellesley’s Municipal Light Plant and generous state and federal incentives. Find out how easy and affordable it is to install panels on your home and produce your own electricity. By going solar you help the environment and your community, while saving on your electric bills. This program is working to lower the carbon footprint of the Town of Wellesley and setting a standard for the future of our town.

The overall MORE Power to Choose program provides residents opportunities to meet their individual goals of personal responsibility and engagement. Whether you are fully vested in living a green life or are interested in taking small initial steps, the More Power to Choose campaign allows residents to participate at their own pace.

(* based on MassCEC data on installers and costs updated on 4-24-2014)

Phyllis Theermann

Wellesley Green Schools, with support from the Wellesley Police Department, realizes this is a tough time of year to discuss the State of Massachusetts’ no Idling law but there are many reasons TO talk about it.

These include our children, our health, finances, gas consumption, penalties, car maintenance, air pollution, climate change and much more.

Wellesley Green Schools is launching this “Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free” Campaign to educate our community that beyond the State law of not idling, there are millions of reasons why it is important to reduce idling in Wellesley.

Take a look at this and you will be surprised at what you will learn.

Idling_infographic_FINALWe thank the many local public and private organizations that are supporting this initiative. For more information, go to www.WellelseyGreenSchools.com.