MAKE YOUR NEXT CAR AN EV, SAVE ON ANNUAL FUEL AND MAINTENANCE COSTS, AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FEDERAL TAX CREDITS AND STATE
Are you thinking about buying an electric vehicle (EV)?
The Town of Wellesley’s Municipal Light Plant and Sustainable Wellesley announce a free event
where you can test drive an EV and get answers to your EV or plug-in hybrid questions from
local car owners.
The event takes place on Sunday, October 16 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot at
MassBay Community College at 50 Oakland Street in Wellesley. Rain date is Sunday October 23,
2:30 to 5:30 p.m., same location. Sign up here now to get a spot.
Test drives available based on order of pre-registration, and a valid driver’s license is required.
As of September 26, these EVs will be available for test drive:
● BMW i4
● BMW iX
● Chevy Bolt EUV
● Ford Mustang Mach-E
● Ford F-150 Lightning
● Tesla Model 3
● Tesla Model Y
● Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S AWD SUV
Wellesley residents who own these EVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles will be showcasing their cars
and ready to answer your questions:
● Audi e-tron
● BMW i3
● Chrysler Pacifica PHEV
● Ford Mustang Mach-e
● Mini Cooper Hybrid Countryman
● Kia Niro
● Nissan Leaf
● Tesla Model 3
● Tesla Model Y
● Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV
● Volkswagen ID4
Driving an EV can save you as much as $1,000 every year on fuel costs—significant in the face of
rising gas prices. EV owners can expect to save up to $8,000 in maintenance costs over the life
of their car because EVs don’t require the regular oil changes and periodic tune-ups of a gas-
powered, internal combustion engine car. In addition, the initial purchase cost for eligible EVs
and hybrid vehicles can be offset by a $7,500 federal tax credit and $2,500 Massachusetts state
The Wellesley Municipal Light Plant offers an $96 annual electric bill credit for EV owners who
charge their vehicles during off-peak hours. To learn more, visit the Wellesley Drives Electric
Vehicle exhaust accounts for more than 34 percent of Wellesley’s greenhouse gas emissions
(GHG). The Town of Wellesley, our state, and our country have set ambitious GHG emissions
reduction goals. Driving an EV is one way you can help our community reach these goals.
Test drives are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so sign-up now.
We are enormously grateful to our very generous supporters, and we want to know where you would like us to direct our future funding.
Together, we have already accomplished a great deal including:
Right now, we believe we need to focus our events and programming on the two big climate levers of buildings and transportation, which make up over 90% of Wellesley’s emissions.
However, as part of our inclusive, transparent, all-volunteer efforts, we want to know what YOUR PRIORITIES ARE. Where do you think our focus and funds should go? Please email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, if you have an idea or program in mind but need help launching it and reaching more people, please email us at email@example.com to see how we might be able to work together to create positive change.
As you know we are an all VOLUNTEER non profit. Please let us know how you may want to get more involved with Sustainable Wellesley this year.
The future is being decided right now... It is not too late. We are in this together.
The Sustainable Wellesley Leadership Team
Join Uli Lorimer, Native Plant Trust’s Director of Horticulture, for the debut of his new book highlighting our region’s spectacular plant diversity and varied habitats. The Northeast Native Plant Primer provides a roadmap to help you to include native plants in your garden whether you are new to gardening or a seasoned professional. For those of us who care about the natural world, the decision to plant natives in the garden is one of the most impactful and important choices we can make. With so much under threat from a changing climate, invasive species, habitat loss and fragmentation, and declining numbers of birds and insects, planting natives in your garden shows you are trying to make a difference. Native plants have the power to heal our landscapes, welcome wildlife into our gardens, and inspire us.
Thursday, October 6, 6–7:30 p.m.
Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
Program code: LEC9005
Fee for members $15/nonmembers $18
Wellesley Recreation Department is organizing a town wide yard sale. Host your yard sale at your home on Oct 1 &2, and Wellesley Recreation will advertise it and distribute a town wide map of all the yard sales happening around town that weekend.
Register to get your home on the map by Thurs. Sept. 29, 2022 at WELLESLEYREC.ORG- USE ACTIVITY #444388. When registering, please provide the following information: *Address * Hours of yard sale * Items sold (ie. household, children's items , toys, sporting goods, collectibles, etc.). The cost to host a yard sale is $20 per day. Other rules include: buyers may attend the yard sales for free, no early birds allowed, cash only and all sales are final.
Enjoy decluttering and shopping for some pre-loved items!
Have you thought about ditching gas and electrifying your home, but you aren't sure where to start or how to do it? There are Wellesley, State and Federal incentives and rebates to help.
You are invited to "Electrifying Your Home: how to ditch gas and electrify everything," co-hosted by U.S PIRG Education Fund and Rewiring America, on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT.
Electrifying your home not only can prevent air pollution, but also helps to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Electric and induction stoves are efficient replacements for the dirty gas stoves that cause indoor air pollution in our homes, and along with electric space and water heaters, can lower our dependence on fossil fuels and help to power our lives with clean, renewable energy.
At this upcoming webinar, "Electrifying Your Home," they will discuss the benefits of electrification for cooking, home heating/cooling and water heating, and you can get your questions answered by experts and people who have recently made these changes in their own homes. They will also discuss some of the new incentives for consumers that were included in the Inflation Reduction Act.
RSVP for "Electrifying Your Home" today.
Today is Voter Registration Day.
Go ahead and register here if you have not done so!
Your vote is your voice.
18 year olds and over, save the date to vote on Nov 8th!
If you live in Precinct A or Precinct F there are Town Meeting Member vacancies. This is your opportunity! Being a Town Meeting Member offers big impact in our community with few hours!
Two candidates are needed to fill seats in Precinct A and one candidate is needed in Precinct F. According to Town bylaws, a Special Election will take place to fill these seats.
Interested candidates must be registered voters in the Precinct in which they'd like to run, and will serve until the next Annual Town Election.
Any resident may nominate a candidate for this position, or candidates may nominate themselves. Send nominations to Town Clerk KC Kato.
Nominations must be received by September 29, 2022 in writing or by email and include name, address, and email address if available. The nominee's permission should be obtained in advance.
Individuals who fill these vacancies will participate in the Special Town Meeting that begins on Monday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.
There is a lot of energy around sustainability for the 2022-2023 school year!
You are invited to the first Wellesley Green Schools Meeting of the school year on Friday, September 30th @10am at the Wellesley Free Library Commons Area. All are welcome and feel free to bring a friend or a neighbor too.
Wellesley Green Schools is collaborative group of caregivers, students and staff working together to reduce Wellesley schools' ecological footprints, and inspire students to create a healthy sustainable world.
RSVP to Info@sustainablewellesley.com; attention: Wellesley Green Schools
Get ready to participate in walk, bike and roll to school day on Wednesday, Oct. 12. It’s a healthy, safe, and fun way to start the school year. If enough people participate, the event also potentially reduces traffic and emissions in town for the day.
Wellesley’s elementary schools — Bates, Fiske, Hardy, Schofield, Sprague, and Upham — are regular participants in the yearly effort, as are the middle and high schools.
We are proud to announce the Sustainable Wellesley Youth Leadership Team. This is a new initiative offering high school aged students in Wellesley or student that go to Wellesley High School the opportunity to get involved in the fight against climate change through town-wide action.
The Youth Leadership Team is a student-run leadership board that will coordinate with Sustainable Wellesley in a committed volunteer capacity to further the organization's actions and goals.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Thank you!