These are just a few of the spots open this election season.
If you are interested in making a difference, read on.
There is a spot with your name on it.
The Town of Wellesley depends on community volunteers who hold elected offices in municipal government, lead boards and committees, and serve as Town Meeting members.
The nomination period for all elected officials opens on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at noon. Candidates for public office must be Wellesley residents.
Due to COVID-19, nomination papers are available by appointment only at Wellesley Town Hall. Interested candidates should email the Town Clerk or call 781-431-1019 ext. 2252 to pull papers.
The last day to obtain nomination papers to run for Town-wide office is January 8, 2021. The last day to obtain nomination papers to run for a Town Meeting member seat is January 22, 2021.
The Annual Town Election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
This holiday season there are many ways you can do your part for the planet including shopping local and buying pre-loved items.
Some Wellesley options include:
There are up-cycled items in and around town too. Please share with us your favorite, "kinder to the planet" gifts so we can let others know too.
Here are some beautiful, pre-loved inspiring gift wraps too.
Join Newton students on Sunday, December 6 from 4-5pm for a pre-holiday Zoom discussion about ways to have a sustainable holiday season. The program will include gift ideas, trivia questions and easy steps to make an environmental difference. Please register in advance for this webinar.
Presentation topics include:
For students at home this holiday season looking for something to do, here are 3 ideas.
1) EVERY Friday, you can join the weekly climate vigil from 3-4pm on the grounds of Wellesley Town Hall (525 Washington St., Wellesley). Bring your friends, family and neighbors to the this local Greta Thunberg inspired Fridays For Future event. Wear a mask, and feel free to bring a sign about why protecting the climate matters to you!
2) Share your/family/local friend/local business/neighbor's story with us! You know you get inspired by others so let us get inspired by you/them! We know you are doing something cool for the planet, and we want to hear about it. Check these out ideas and then write to us about local climate friendly acts, or send in a video!
3) Collect the cardboard and newspapers in your house and bring them to the RDF. As you can imagine, those items are in high demand and the Wellesley RDF ("dump") is being offered a lot of money for them. Help recycle high quality goods and make money for the Town!
Have another climate friendly idea/interest you want to talk about, join forces on, etc.? Simply email us at email@example.com. We are a group of volunteers and a platform to inspire and raise awareness around lower impact living. "We" includes You!
Wellesley’s Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF) wants your clean, recycled newspaper and cardboard. The RDF is urging residents to step up their recycling, or start recycling these high demand products.
Keeping our newspapers and cardboard out of landfills not only helps the environment, but domestic and international buyers are paying good money for Wellesley’s high quality, separated, recycled paper products.
To learn more about recycling at the RDF visit the Town of Wellesley website.
We get inspired by others.
We are sure you are doing something cool and we want to hear about it.
Let us know some climate friendly act --big or small -- that you, your family member, friend, or neighbor is doing. For example,
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and share your story. We can make a difference learning from one another.
We cant wait to hear from you!
Babson Freshman pushes for revamping babson's climate action and sustainability plan - sign her petition
A freshman at Babson College is working on revamping Babson's Climate Action and Sustainability Plan. She is looking for petition signatories to help gain momentum in the process.
The petition states:
"Babson has been recognized as the #1 school for entrepreneurship for the past 20 years by U.S. News. As much of an accomplishment this is, it is evident that sustainability initiatives have not been at the forefront of operations within the College.
As a school that embodies the principles of Entrepreneurial Thought & Action™, we must lead by example. Environmental sustainability must take priority in Babson’s teaching, research, operations, and facilities. Babson will be called upon to cultivate entrepreneurial and business-relevant scholarly work, build stronger, collaborative relationships with community stakeholders, and drive their own operations towards less waste and more efficient use of resources; they fulfill our mission as a top-tier college. Babson will need to assume greater responsibility at the local, regional, and global level.
As a top private business school, Babson is uniquely positioned to have a meaningful impact in the field to create and implement groundbreaking solutions on an international stage. It has been recognized within and beyond the Babson community that the College is lagging behind many peer institutions in implementing sustainability practices and that the school lacks a comprehensive sustainability strategy. Unfortunately, the last Climate Action Plan was developed in 2011, and most of the benchmarks stated in this document have not been reached within the past decade. Please sign this petition to show your support throughout the development process of a new Sustainability Action Plan so we can take advantage of our institutional strengths and commitment to social innovation.
You are encouraged to put a testimony as to why you are signing and why you find this cause important! If you have any questions or want to get involved in the process, please email email@example.com"
Tuesday, December 8th, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Please join the Temple Beth Elohim Green Team in a presentation from Michael Appell. Michael Appell is an expert in Corporate Social Responsibility, Triple Bottom Line, Nonprofit Management and Impact Investing. He is the Assistant Director of the Heller MBA Program and is a lecturer at Brandeis Heller School. He will present a guided discussion and Q&A on the Triple Bottom Line. This is a management strategy to support sustainable practices to help decrease our carbon footprint and save the planet.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, December 3.
About TBE Green
Climate Action/TBE Green members help ensure our building and community are environmentally sound and sustainable. Educate our community to protect the health of our planet and all who inhabit it.
This event will take place through a video conference call. Pre-registration is required. Registration link coming soon! Once it’s available, please click the registration button above to pre-register. Once you have registered, your unique access link will be emailed to you. If you’re new to Zoom, watch a tutorial or read written instructions on how to join a Zoom video call.
Individuals who are curious, concerned or interested in following the direction of Wellesley’s
current projects are encouraged to consider becoming more directly involved in their
community by running for Town Meeting Member or an elected board. Now’s the time to get
organized for the March 2, 2021 Town Election!
The League of Women Voters of Wellesley invites members of the community to learn all about the process and about Town government at a virtual presentation, “How to Run for Local Public Office” on Wednesday, December 2 at 7:30 pm. The featured speakers, Mark Kaplan (Town Moderator) will cover Town Government structure and how it works, and Kathy Nagle (past Town Clerk) will review offices on the ballot and the pragmatic nuts and bolts of running a campaign. Questions will be welcomed from the audience.
The 2021 Candidate Handbook will be posted on the League’s website on November 17:
https://my.lwv.org/massachusetts/wellesley. The League’s Town Government Handbook (a
detailed guide to Town Meeting, Wellesley’s representational form of government) is also
found on the website. Both publications are updated by the League annually.
2020 has been a challenge, but Sustainable Wellesley volunteers have worked tirelessly throughout the year to keep the focus on hopeful, achievable progress on urgently needed climate action. Connecting our community of nearly 4,000 subscribers through our newsletter, action meetings and workshops, our aim is always to engage, educate and advocate for a healthier, sustainable future.
If you like what we do, please consider a donation today – online or by check – to cover the costs of outreach and communication, insurance and occasional fees for speakers and consultants. We are grateful to you for your support and enthusiasm and look forward to the promise of a new year.