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Tonight, come to Selectman’s meeting at 6.30pm in the Juliani Room of Town Hall to hear the Library Roof Feasibility Study Presentation and whether solar is an option.

Oct. 15th make time for the Hardy/Upham Feasibility Study Community Kick Off at 7.30pm at WMS auditorium and learn/share about the project’s approach to sustainability.

October 20th is Kids’ Trails Day from 1:30-3:00PM. Children will look for treasure boxes using letterboxing (written clues). Refreshments served at the end of the activities. No registration is required and no fee is charged. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Longfellow Pond parking lot ( 213 Oakland). More walks listed here and other Wellesley Conservation Council events listed here.

Add the Green Collaborative meeting to your calendar for Thursday Oct. 24th from 9 to 11 am in the Wakelin Room of Wellesley Free Library to learn more about driving electric! Learn more here.

Many more events here

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Hardy/Upham Feasibility Study

Community Kickoff

Tuesday October 15, 2019

7:30 PM Wellesley Middle School Auditorium

The School Building Committee invites all members of the community to come hear about the Hardy/Upham feasibility study process and timeline, ask questions of the project consultants and learn about future opportunities to engage and provide feedback.

Topics will include the educational visioning process, key features of today’s elementary schools, the approach to sustainability and ways stakeholders will be included as the Town develops its plan to rebuild either the Hardy or Upham School in partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA).

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On Tuesday, June 5, members of Wellesley Town Meeting will vote on whether to approve $1 million to fund a feasibility study for the reconstruction of Hunnewell Elementary School.

There are many excellent reasons why the reconstruction of this school will help to maintain a high standard of educational services for our children. We believe it also makes sense from an environmental perspective.

This project presents an extraordinary opportunity for Wellesley to take another leap forward in becoming a model for sustainability as we build a school for the decades to come. Technological advances have now made it possible to build a high performing, sustainable building within the same budget as a conventional building. A school building also happens to be a particularly appropriate application for net-zero energy design (defined as a building that uses no more energy than it generates).

Net-zero energy schools have proven to

– Save thousands of dollars in energy costs every year

– Create valuable learning opportunities for students as the features of the building can be used for research projects

– Enhance the sense of common purpose as the whole school community works toward reducing energy use

– Provide a healthy and appealing work environment for students and teachers.

For the past year, the Town’s Sustainable Energy Committee (comprised of members appointed by the Selectmen, and representatives of the School Committee and the Municipal Light Plant board) has been working with the School Building Committee on this project. Together, they have incorporated into the scope of the proposed feasibility study an evaluation of the most sustainable options for the Hunnewell site. We are confident that these options will be presented to the School Building Committee and that the priorities for educational services, fiscal responsibility, and sustainability will be in full alignment.

We know that there are still issues to be resolved concerning Upham and Hardy. In the meantime, it is clear that Hunnewell is an antiquated building in poor condition that must be re-envisioned as a school for the future — both from an educational perspective and from an environmental one.

Please contact your Town Meeting Members and urge them to vote for favorable action on Article 3 this week.

Scott Bender, Mary Gard, Lise Olney, Quentin Prideaux, Phyllis Theermann, Sustainable Wellesley Leadership Team