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

Phyllis Theermann

We are very proud that Sustainable Wellesley’s Leadership Team member Lise Olney was elected to the Wellesley Board of Selectmen on March 5th. After eight years on the leadership team of Sustainable Wellesley, Olney will be stepping down to focus on her new role in town government. She will no longer have a voting position on the Sustainable Wellesley team but plans to remain involved in our activities.

Lise joined the Sustainable Wellesley leadership team in 2011, after helping organize a Sustainability Expo and Bike Tour. She went on to work on many projects, advocating for renewable energy, organizing volunteers to work on the Wellesley plastic bag ban, tagging the  200+ gas leaks around town, and much more.

Lise says, “For me, the best part of working on the Sustainable Wellesley team was getting to know so many neighbors who are committed to making changes and helping to save our planet.”

The Sustainable Wellesley community is grateful for all of Lise’s contributions and thrilled to have someone committed to environmental stewardship on the Board of Selectmen. Her experience, shared decision-making style and thoughtfulness will strengthen our community on all fronts.

Sustainable Wellesley is a group of volunteers working to make a difference in our community. Click here for a list of the ways you can join us – one time, weekly, and monthly opportunities are listed, as well as ones that relate to your expertise, hobby, and passion. We need you to volunteer to make all of our work possible. Together we can make a difference.

Phyllis Theermann


Looking for an easy way to make a difference in an hour or so a week?
Sustainable Wellesley is looking for a volunteer to maintain its event calendar.

Message us at info@sustainablewellesley.com and we will get you started.

Share with others you know looking for a volunteer position. Students welcome too.