The Wellesley Natural Resources Commission (NRC) is seeking applications from Wellesley residents to fill a one-year appointed position on the Commission. Residents may apply by submitting a letter or resume stating qualifications and reasons for desiring to serve to NRC Director Brandon Schmitt at nrc@Wellesleyma.gov by end of day April 5, 2019.

Applicants should include relevant and specific experience in town activities and/or town government involvement supportive of the NRC’s purview and mission: The mission of the Natural Resources Commission is to provide stewardship of, education about, and advocacy for the Town of Wellesley’s park, conservation, recreation, and open space system so the full value of the Town’s natural assets can be passed onto future generations.

The NRC is charged with the statutory responsibilities of Park Commission, Conservation Commission, Tree Warden, Pest Control Officer, and Town Forest Committee under Massachusetts General Laws Chapters 40, 45, 87, 131, and 132. The NRC is also responsible for appointing the Wetlands Protection Committee and the Wellesley Trails Committee. NRC Commissioners are appointed to serve on the Community Preservation Committee (CPC), the Playing Fields Task Force (PFTF), and the 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Working Group (comprised of the Sustainable Energy Committee, the Department of Public Works, and the NRC), as well as various working groups and steering committees as applicable.

Responsibilities include attending NRC meetings two times per month and as needed; taking an active role in NRC projects and initiatives; attending affiliated meetings; participating in community events; and interacting with other elected officials, town departments, and grass roots and non-profit groups, within Wellesley, in nearby communities and regionally.

To learn more about the NRC, its mission, the Commission’s 2019 strategic goals, its current projects, and more, please visit the NRC’s website or feel free to contact the NRC director or current commissioners: www.wellesleyma.gov/NRC


Let Folks Upcycle Your Spare T-Shirts Into Shopping Bags!

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The town’s Natural Resources Commission (NRC) is working with SaveOhno to turn your old/ spare t-shirts into reusable shopping bags. Wellesley is looking to ban single-use plastic bags in the near future, and reusable shopping bags are much more sustainable than paper bags. It’s even more sustainable if the bags themselves are recycled – out of your old or spare t-shirts.

So, if you have some good condition, clean t-shirts that you never wear, or even better, have a pile left over from an old event or promotion, please share them.

SaveOhno is an award-winning start-up which encourages action on climate and next week [beginningMar 21] dozens of Babson students will earn SaveOhno points by making shopping bags and they need the t-shirts for them to convert. If you have five or more then please send an email to info@sustainablewellesley.com saying how many t-shirts you want to donate and we will arrange pick up/drop off.

If you know someone sitting on a pile of “Save The Clock Tower 1955” t-shirts or similar then please pass this on to them, and thank you! Every donor will receive a free t-shirt-bag.

Feel free to email Sustainable Wellesley if you want to know how to do this DIY project too.



Bates School 5th graders take turns serving a five-week term on the student council during which time they collaborate to identify a need in our community and plan a project that addresses that need.

The current student council has identified food waste as an area of concern.

They are working with parents, their peers, teachers and Principal Toni Jolley on a new food recovery program. See their inspiring presentation here to learn what simple changes you can do in your home, school, or office.

This coincides with the recent Food Recycling and Recovery event where the film, GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT: Solutions for Reducing Food Waste was shown and Wellesley native, Ashley Stanley of Lovin’ Spoonfuls (an organization that  bridges the gap between abundance and need), spoke to a full house at the library. This event, presented by Wellesley’s Natural Resources Commission and Sustainable Energy Committee, started the conversation about what could be done to help stop the more than $165 billion worth of food every year in the US from being wasted (according to theEPA).

Contact info@sustainablewellesley.com or jessica@WellesleyGreenSchools.com for more information.

Kudos to Bates and others out there reducing food waste and recovering it!