Phyllis Theermann

SO many exciting sustainable-minded things happened last year in the Wellesley Public Schools including:

– Impressive senior projects on food waste, bike tours and green building signage at WHS
– 2 state wide food waste awards
– After school ecological program at Bates
– Middle School students grew and served their green house salads
– Lots of sustainable projects at the STEM EXPO
– 4 Wellesley High School Evolutions projects

In addition, Wellesley’s School Department has added another bus to incentivize more public transport, and reduce traffic.

Plus, Wellesley’s Facilities Management Department has moved to a sustainable cleaning initiative for all of the schools (plus, most municipal buildings). They have installed the Tennant Orbio os 3 Generators which uses water, water softener salt pellets, and electricity to create a multi-purpose cleaner and an EPA rated disinfectant. Many thanks to Michael Santangelo, Wellesley’s Custodial Services Manager, who worked on this and other important projects. We wish him luck on his new endeavors.

We are so proud of the students, teachers, administrators and parents involved in these initiatives and many more across the district.

Those interested in learning more about what is happening at the schools, and those with ideas for 2017/2018 school year, please email


Phyllis Theermann
Facility Award 2016

Town of Wellesley Facilities Department Wins Green Difference Awards at the State House

Joseph F. McDonough, Facilities Director for the Town of Wellesley, and his team including Energy Manager, Allen Hebert and Custodial Services Manager Michael Santangelo accepted the Outstanding Green Community Hero Award at the 8th annual Green Difference Awards last week at the MA State House. State Representative Alice Peisch and State Representative Jay Barrows were on hand to recognize Wellesley’s team and other winners who have demonstrated outstanding environmental education, innovation, as well as leadership and service in schools and communities across the Commonwealth, the country and abroad.

Wellesley won the award due to it’s commitment to green cleaning, as well as reducing energy use in the schools. The Town of Wellesley has a goal of reducing energy use 25% by 2020 using 2007 as the base year.