Last week, some of Sustainable Wellesley's Leadership Team members, including Dr. Regina LaRocque, Phyllis Theermann, Mary Gard, Quentin Prideaux and Trish Glass thanked The Charles River District Medical Society for a recent grant donation.
“Thank you Dr. Leonard Finn and the Charles River District Medical Society for providing this generous grant to Sustainable Wellesley,” said Phyllis Theermann, President, Sustainable Wellesley. “We are honored to have been chosen among many deserving nonprofits in the 5 town catchment area where the Charles River Medical Society donates. The $3000 will go to furthering our work and amplifying our voices to lower our communities’ carbon footprint through education and inspiration for residents of all ages. The funds will support our operational costs enabling us to work on these health and other related topics:
Any members of the Charles River District Medical Society that are interested in working with Sustainable Wellesley on the above initiatives or others, please feel free to contact them at email@example.com.
Join Wellesley students and residents and people around the world who are participating in a Global Climate Action Day this Friday, September 25th. Meet on the lawn in front of Wellesley's Town Hall wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart and bring signs.
"The coming months and years are crucial to ensure a safe pathway below 1.5°C increase in global mean temperature," said students in a press release from Fridays for Future in regards to the target stated in the Paris Agreement. "If we are to minimize the risks of triggering irreversible chain reactions beyond human control, we need to act now. It is therefore vital that the climate crisis doesn’t get forgotten in the shadow of the coronavirus but is regarded as the utmost priority," the press release said.
Message Wellesley's Fridays for Future folks on FaceBook for more information.
This week is the annual Climate Preparedness Week: dedicated to learning, service, and actions that better prepare our communities for extreme weather events. There are many great events which you can browse and register for below.
One we would like to draw special attention to is on Wednesday, Sept 23 at 10 AM on Facebook Live called “The Climate Reality & How to Talk to Your Kids About it,” featuring virtual presentations by Keith Bergman and Harriet Shugarman. Both speakers are strong and influential leaders in the climate movement. They are long term mentors in The Climate Reality Project, founded by former Vice President Al Gore.
Keith Bergman lives in Concord and is the retired Town Manager for the Town of Littleton. He will talk about the climate crisis and its solutions. Author Harriet Shugarman will speak about how to talk with your children about climate change. She is the Executive Director of “Climate Mama,” the Chair of Climate Reality’s New York City Metro Chapter, and the recipient of Climate Reality’s 2017 Green Ring Award.
Join on Facebook Live on September 23 at 10 AM.
Palaces for the People: A Community Discussion with Eric Klinenberg
These days our health, and the health of our loved ones, is at the top of our minds. But continued reliance on natural gas comes with risks that cannot be fixed by hand-washing and standing six feet apart from one another. Examine what we do and don’t know about the natural gas supply chain with Jonathan Buonocore from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, including consequences on our health and the health of our environment. Thank you to HEET for organizing this important discussion.
Tuesday, Sept. 29th, 7:30-8:30 pm
Sign up here.
Last month, folks just like you jumped on a Sustainable Wellesley call with Senator Cynthia Creem to discuss our legislative priorities. To all who participated, thank you for sharing your views!
Good News: our own Senator Creem is one of the 6 members of the conference committee charged with reconciling the House and Senate Climate bills. Sustainable Wellesley has signed on to a letter to encourage climate legislation and many Wellesley residents have individually called or emailed Senator Creem, asking her to improve the bill even further.
Now the committee is discussing it. We will keep you updated.
If you want to participate in the future, simply email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2020 NATIONAL SOLAR TOUR is about to begin.
Get information straight from solar owners and supporters. Connect, ask questions, and participate in a nationwide virtual solar experience.
Monday, September 28th: Electric Vehicles
Tuesday, September 29th: Solar Homeowner Day
Wednesday, September 30th: Solar Businesses
Thursday, October 1st: Solar Schools
Friday, October 2nd: Community Building through Solar
Saturday & Sunday, October 3 &4: Virtual Solar Tours
If you have solar and or an electric car and want to share the excitement and insight, please consider being part of the conversation as well.
More details here!
Check out the programming schedule and Virtual Local Tour locations!
NO COST HOME INSULATION & MANY OTHER OFFERINGS & REBATES - Air-sealing, energy-efficient equipment, light bulbs, shower heads, power strips
A no-cost virtual home energy assessment can reduce your carbon footprint while helping you save on monthly energy costs.
Get an assessment from HomeWorks Energy (a Mass Save® partner). Wellesley residents may qualify for 100% off the cost of an approved home insulation project as well as:
Quieter, Economical & Healthier Ways to Maintain Our Landscapes
Two Free Workshops on Electrifying Lawn Care
Co-Sponsored by the Town of Lexington and Town of Wellesley Department of Public Works
The Town of Lexington and Town of Wellesley Department of Public Works are sponsoring two FREE upcoming Zoom workshops on making Massachusetts a leader in transitioning land care to low noise, zero emission equipment and people-powered tools. The workshops, organized by MA-based nonprofit, Quiet Communities, Inc. in collaboration with the American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA), cover the health and environmental impacts of gas equipment, the status of advanced technology, and the many exciting initiatives that are occurring in Massachusetts and around the country to improve health and environmental quality.
Attendees at both events will have the chance to win a state-of-the-art electric landscaping tool. Early registration is encouraged. Space is limited to 200 participants for each of the two workshops:
“These workshops will offer residents and professionals the opportunity to learn more about impact issues related to fossil fuel-powered lawn care, and then the chance to consider some of the capable electric equipment, and operational solutions we provide,” said Dan Mabe of AGZA, who will lead the demonstrations. “Electric equipment has come a long way.”
“It’s time to really think about the way we want to live on our properties. As people spend more time at home during the pandemic, interest in cleaner, quieter landscaping has increased,” said Jamie Banks, health and environmental scientist and founder of the nonprofit Quiet Communities.
“Lexington is demonstrating that a transition to electric equipment is not just possible but can also be economically sound,” said Dave Pinsonneault, Lexington DPW director. “Our strategy is to have the town lead by example in our own community in hopes that the approach will take off in the state and beyond.” Wellesley DPW Director Dave Cohen agrees: “We are excited to be a part of this effort. Different towns have different needs. We hope to show what is possible and share what we learn so other towns can benefit.”
Dr. Regina LaRocque, an infectious disease specialist and member of the Sustainable Wellesley leadership team, agrees that the time to transition is now. “Climate change is real. The health effects are real. We need to find solutions big and small that are going to be healthier for our families, communities and the planet. A shift to electric-powered landscaping equipment is a solid start made more urgent by the pandemic. When towns take steps like this, we can only hope that addressing pollution from transportation and other infrastructure choices will follow.”
These workshops are part of a holistic town-wide effort in Lexington to shift to quieter more environmentally friendly landscaping practices. Last month in Wellesley, the independent not-for-profit Sustainable Wellesley, and the Town of Wellesley’s Natural Resources Commission and Sustainable Energy Committee, offered a panel discussion focused on concerns about use of gas-powered leaf blowers for routine landscaping.
Key concerns sparking the discussion: noise pollution that can lead to hearing loss; carbon emissions; dangerous exhaust and ground-sourced particulates from animal feces, bacteria, fungi, pollen and chemical lawn treatments; and damage to soil health and beneficial eco-systems.
You are invited to a virtual community forum: “Wa$teWi$e Wellesley” on Wednesday, September 30 from 9:00-10:30 am, co-sponsored by the Green Collaborative and the Town’s 3R Working Group (Sustainable Energy Committee, Department of Public Works and Natural Resources Commission).
Please click here to register and receive a Zoom link.
An expert panel will highlight what our town and state are doing and what you can do to waste less, save money, and protect your health, while reducing Wellesley’s carbon footprint.
Chris Beling, Member of the Assistance and Pollution Prevention Unit in the Office of Environmental Stewardship of the EPA. Chris has worked on food waste issues since the mid-1990’s along with the MA Department of Environmental Protection, the MA Food Association and area grocery stores, starting with diverting food to compost. The Environmental Protection Agency and US Department of Agriculture have set a goal to reduce food waste and food loss by 50% by the year 2030.
Kirstie Pecci, Director of the Zero Waste Project and a Senior Fellow at Conservation Law Foundation - Kirstie is a former MASSPIRG Staff Attorney actively engaged in waste reduction and opposing the expansion of landfill and incinerator capacity. She is part of the Zero Waste Boston coalition, which advocates for zero waste solutions such as reuse, recycling, redesign and composting/anaerobic digestion in the City of Boston.
Jamie Manzolini, Superintendent of Wellesley Recycling and Disposal Facility. Jamie worked for Boston area civil engineering firms where his clients included CVS, AstraZeneca, and the NE Patriots (Kraft Group). He then worked in the transportation/moving industry for three years before joining the Wellesley RDF in the engineering division where he was responsible for design/construction & oversite of streetscape and drainage projects, as well as inspections for private and municipal excavation work.
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Wellesley residents the Municipal Light Plant (MLP) wants to hear from you!
Please complete this 2-minute survey for a chance win a $50 gift card!
The MLP is looking towards the future and new technology and services. As technology changes, so do its customer needs, thus they would appreciate your input. Answering a few questions regarding your future plans to purchase a new or used vehicle will help to plan for the future.
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