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!
4) Sustainable Wellesley is redesigning its logo and is inviting you to submit entries. Wellesley residents (students too) are encouraged to participate and can submit up to three entries in .png, or .jpg format. Submissions will be accepted until December 31, 2020 here. A mood board for some inspiration is here.
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"
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.
Tomorrow is Election Day.
Make a plan to vote if you have not voted yet. Encourage friends, neighbors and family to vote as well.
Voting in person? Here is where you need to go between 7 AM to 8 PM.
Have a Mail-in ballot? Return it to the box at Town Hall on or before the close of the polls tomorrow (8pm).
Call to Action on Potential MBTA Service Cuts
NEWS FROM THE SIERRA CLUB:
The Sierra Club has joined over 30 organizations in calling on the T to make no permanent or long-term decisions regarding potential service cuts before the legislature concludes the session, prioritize a means tested fare program to make transit affordable for those who need it the most, and ensure that critical transformative capital investments move forward.
Read the joint statement here.
Click here and here for more information about the service cuts.
But most importantly, Please tell the T how service cuts will impact your life by providing public comments at the Board meeting on Nov 9.
Dear Community Members,
On August 31st, Wellesley’s Select Board voted to amend the Town’s Traffic Regulations to include an Anti-Idling violation. This violation, which has a $15 fine, mirrors the state anti-idling violation, which has a $100 fine.
Specifically, the regulation states that no person shall cause, suffer, allow or permit the
unnecessary operation of the engine of a motor vehicle while the vehicle is stopped for a
foreseeable period of time in excess of five minutes, upon any way.
In partnership with the Sustainable Energy Committee and Sustainable Wellesley, I requested this new Traffic Regulation amendment as an alternative to officers giving out the $100 citation.
This new traffic regulation gives Wellesley officers the option to issue a warning, a $15 ticket, or as mentioned a $100 citation when they encounter someone leaving their vehicle running for over 5 minutes.
In the days and months to come, increased enforcement of the anti-idling law by Wellesley police officers will take place. Look for Wellesley Police officers at the schools’ drop-off and pick-up lines, in front of frequently visited restaurants and businesses, and other locations in Town.
The goal is to educate and remind Wellesley citizens about the energy waste, harm to our environment and adverse health issues caused when individuals needlessly leave their vehicles running for a lengthy time.
Some facts to consider before you leave your car running:
Please help us in this very important effort by complying with the law. Not idling is a choice, and choosing not to idle is better for your car, saves gasoline and helps reduce emissions that cause global warming. It is one of the simplest and most effortless things we can do to help our environment and our health, not to mention saving you money and a possible ticket.
Chief Jack Pilecki
Wellesley Police Department
This was the topic at the Sept. 30th Green Collaborative meeting. Thanks to the 3R Working Group who hosted the well attended Wa$te Wi$e Welle$ley zoom meeting.
If you missed it you can watch it here.
You will hear from speakers Jamie Manzolini, Superintendent of Wellesley RDF; Kirstie Pecci, Director of the Zero Waste Project and a Senior Fellow at Conservation Law Foundation who focuses on waste reduction and zero waste solutions; and Chris Beling a Member of the Assistance and Pollution Prevention Unit in the Office of Environmental Stewardship of the EPA who has worked on food waste issues for over 25 years.
These interesting and knowledgable speakers discussed the growing waste problem and the number of challenges recycling is facing. The current scale and pace of waste generation is unsustainable.
Municipal solid waste (MSW) includes disposed of items from homes, schools, and businesses such as furniture, mattresses, clothing, food scraps and appliances. Between 1990 and 2017 total municipal solid waste in the US increased by nearly 30% to about 268 million tons. Food waste comprises about 15% of total MSW. Americans discard an estimated 40 million tons of food every year which equates to 80 billion pounds of food.
The manufacture and use of products, as well as the management of resulting waste via landfills and incinerators, create greenhouse gas emissions thereby contributing to climate change. Landfills and incinerators also release toxic chemicals. Toxins make their way into air, land and water for uptake into plants, animals and humans. Toxins bleach coral reefs and disrupt food chains while plastics fill waterways and harm aquatic life. Simply put, let's all work to minimize the trash sent to incinerators and landfills.
Wellesley’s RDF, a leader in municipal waste management, is exhibiting its resiliency continuing to recycle and to divert food waste in the face of a difficult international recycling market and the pandemic. The RDF processes roughly 7,500 tons of municipal solid waste, 5,500 tons of recyclable material and 80 tons of food waste annually. Because of on-site separation of high-quality materials at the RDF, Wellesley is able to sell certain recyclables like cardboard and newspaper for top dollar. The RDF still faces challenges but is doing well despite the current climate.
Learn more on how you can do your part by watching the video here, and taking actions to reduce your waste.