Phyllis Theermann

Thursday, April 26, 7:30-9 PM (Doors open at 7)
Willard School, 185 Powder Mill Rd., Concord
The Climate Solutions Speaker Series Presents
Are We Prepared for the Storms of the Century?
Climate change is happening now, causing increasing and very serious damage to our world. What exactly does that mean for the Concord area? Our vulnerabilities need to be realistically identified, along with strategies to increase the likelihood that we can rebound. This speaker series event features a three-person panel, designed to inform us about what is likely to happen as climate change advances and how to prepare for it. Speakers are Stephanie Covino (Mass. Audubon) Barry Keppard (Metropolitan Area Planning Council), and Linda Booth-Sweeny (local writer and educator). Click here for more information about the topic and panel.

April 26th-29th, 2018
Friends of the Wellesley Free Library’s Spring Book Sale. Reuse pre-loved books! The sale is open to members on Thursday evening, followed by three days of a public sale of which the last day is a $7 a bag sale. Not a member? Join Thursday evening! More information here.

Saturday, April 28, 9 AM – Noon
Join the Natural Resources Commission for the Charles River Clean up. Help pick up litter, pull invasive weeds and enjoy time near the water. Sponsored by the Charles River Watershed Association, this annual event brings together more than 3-thousand local volunteers from Wellesley and neighboring communities. The NRC provides shirts, snacks and supplies. Sign up at nrc@wellesleyma.gov.

Saturday April 28th (Framingham) Earth Day Festival
The theme of this years festival will be “Local,” emphasizing local vendors and entertainment as a way to lessen the impact of the festival while fostering connections that extend beyond the day of the festival.

Phyllis Theermann

lobby day jan 2017

Last Wednesday, members of Sustainable Wellesley joined more than 200 climate activists from around the state for the Mass Power Forward “Clean Energy for All” Lobby Day.

We discussed our priorities for the 2017-2018 legislative session in meetings with aides to Wellesley legislators Senator Cynthia Creem, Senator Richard Ross, and Representative Alice Peisch. We urged them to co-sponsor specific bills to accelerate the transition to clean, renewable energy.

Now it’s your turn! The deadline for legislators to co-sponsor bills is this Friday, February 3Make your voice heard by calling Senator Creem, Senator Ross, and Representative Peisch. Here is a summary of our goals:

– Accelerate the transition to clean energy by increasing the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) by 3% per year instead of the current 1%, and by requiring municipal light plants to comply with the RPS. Click here for fact sheet.

– Establish a statewide solar target of 25% solar by 2030, eliminate limits on solar net-metering, and ensure low-income solar and community-shared solar projects receive fair compensation. Click here for fact sheet.

– Give local municipalities and community members a voice when pipeline decisions are being made by the Department of Public Utilities. Click here for fact sheet.

– Incorporate the principle of environmental justice into provisions of the MA Environmental Policy Act. (Environmental justice is the right to be protected from environmental pollution and to live in and enjoy a clean and healthful environment regardless of race, income, national origin, or English language proficiency.) Click here for fact sheet.

– Support public safety through the decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant, with increased funding from the owner/operator and by enlarging the Emergency Planning Zone to a 50-mile radius around the plant. Click here for fact sheet.

Click here for more details and specific bill numbers.

Call before Friday, February 3, to ask our Wellesley legislators to support these goals!

Senator Creem (for Wellesley precincts A, C, D, E, H): 617-722-1639

Senator Ross (for Wellesley precincts B, F, G): 617-722-1555

Representative Peisch (all Wellesley): 617-722-2070