Still got your Christmas tree but don't want to deal with getting rid of it? Have it picked up, recycled into mulch or fed to local farm animals, and have a tree planted in its honor. Schedule your pickup today and Wellesley High School grads from Holiday Haulaways will do the rest.
Jack Kenney, 2020 WHS grad, started Holiday Haulaways 4 years ago and is combining his passion for the environment with what he has learned studying business and environment at the University of Vermont to create a business that has a purposeful impact. Specifically, he knows that he doesn't want to run a business that “reaps the benefits of profit from the tears of the environment,” he said. Thus, his team was thrilled to find another use for the trees at local farms to offer special treats for goats, sheeps, baby lambs, chickens and even donkeys. “The trees offer a nice mixup from the hay and grain they eat and act as a natural dewormer for the animals to help them stay healthy,” Kenney said.
But the team of local Wellesley residents didn’t want to stop there. This spring, trees will be planted for every Christmas tree they pick up this year. Sparked by memories of planting trees given to them in Wellesley elementary schools which are now reasonably mature trees, the team hopes the tree planting initiative sparks conversations about replanting, reforestation, carbon sequestration, and efforts to combat climate change. The small saplings’ that Holiday Haulaways will offer customers are perfect for families who want to share a moment planting a tree together.
Schedule your pickup today.
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.
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At Wellesley High School Evolutions’ capstone showcase last month, numerous students focused on sustainability issues. WHS’s Evolutions Program challenges students to embrace their curiosity to take ownership of their learning, offering a rewarding experience. Read on to learn more. Kudos to our youth!
For her capstone, Sarah Dacey, a Wellesley High School Junior, created a video essay about the issue of marine pollution. She emphasized that although marine pollution is such a big issue and can sometimes feel paralyzing, it is important for all of us to take action as often as possible. Whether that means sacrificing the convenience of sipping out of a plastic straw, taking time to fill up a water bottle instead of grabbing a single-use plastic one, or studying and bringing awareness to this issue; it all makes a difference and we have the power to make a change.
Alivia J’s capstone project focused on helping mitigate the global freshwater shortage crisis. Alivia designed a rainwater harvesting system using solar board, electric pump and a rainwater gathering pond made up of wires, rocks and sand. See photo above.
Lucy Snow’s capstone topic was the negative impacts of fast fashion. She designed a website to educate the community about the issue surrounding fast fashion and to inspire people to buy pre-loved items instead. Never went to a thrift shop or consignment shop before? This site offers easy to understand information to help you make environmentally friendly choices as you start your journey.
Sam M and Vanana M’s project was on farming, and Mac Munro focused on the climate change effects on snowboarding.
Thanks WHS EVO students!
Wellesley High School students initiated a food waste diversion program that kicked off last week.
Diverting food waste from landfills, a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and sending it to be composted instead, is one of the steps in the Town of Wellesley's Climate Action Plan.
The program needs volunteers like you to simply help monitor the disposal of students leftover food during lunch.
Please sign up help here to help out!
Many hands make light work!
You are invited for a Wellesley Green Schools get together on Tuesday, October 19th from 10am to 11:30am at 76 Cleveland Rd (between Weston and Westgate).
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.
We hope to meet outside so dress warmly while enjoying hot cider on the deck with blankets. If need be, we will go inside masked. Topics include:
There are many ways to reduce the impact of your events this season. Thank you Wellesley Green Schools for this helpful Smart Event Guide!
Looking for a fun and family-friendly outdoor activity? Take a leisurely bike ride or walk along a 2.8-mile garden tour around Wellesley that highlights pollinator gardens in Town. The self-guided tour will take you past gardens at the Wellesley Post Office, Town Hall, the Police Station, the WHS garden and some private gardens, as well - all of which are pesticide free. Click here to learn more.
Pollinate Wellesley is a joint initiative of Sustainable Wellesley, Wellesley Conservation Land Trust, and the NRC. When we protect our pollinators we protect ourselves!
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Congratulations to Wellesley High Schools' Climate Action Club members Vaani Kapoor, Kaitlin Braun, and Catherine Smith, who won the Community Engagement Award for their work on Solar Power and other initiatives from Project Green Schools' 2021 Green Difference Awards.
Also big congrats to Lisa Moore, Wellesley Natural Resources Commission's Environmental Education and Outreach Coordinator, on receiving a Project Green Schools' 2021 Green Difference Awards for Outdoor Learning and Education.
Thanks to Wellesley Green Schools for taking the time to nominate these outstanding individuals. Way to go, Wellesley!