A reminder that the Wellesley Recycling & Disposal Facility will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19 for Presidents’ Day.
The Wellesley Municipal Light Plant is hosting a public forum in the Great Hall (Floor H) of Town Hall (525 Washington Street) on February 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM. The purpose of this meeting is to obtain public input on the options available to the WMLP to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, visit the WMLP’s website at http://www.wellesleyma.gov/994/Greenhouse-Gas-Emission-Reduction.
The suburbs often get a bad rap for being outposts of unsustainability, but there’s good news: it is possible to practice sustainable living, even if you happen to live in the ‘burbs. In the next 2018 Hills Hearthside Lecture Series, sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries, reducing food waste will be explored as a way that suburban dwellers can transform their household as well as make their community a better place.
Reducing Food Waste is Easy and Important
Thursday, February 15, 6:30pm at Hills Branch Library, 210 Washington St.
Hear from Jeff Azano-Brown, Superintendent of the Recycling and Disposal Facility in Wellesley, about the new food waste drop-off pilot program at the RDF. Wellesley’s 3R (Reduce Reuse Recycle) Working Group has initiated this project to rescue surplus food and reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfills.
The Swellesley Report’s own Deborah Brown will also be on hand to give a resident’s perspective of participating in the food waste drop-off pilot program. She will tell all about her family’s spent egg shells; the aesthetics of the food-waste bin and how she feels about keeping one more thing on the kitchen counter; the true story about the ick factor; and unwanted, smug greener-than-thou feelings that have surfaced.
Upcoming topics in the series:
Grow Your Own!
Thursday, March 15, 6:30pm at Hills Branch Library, 210 Washington St.
Meet John Spencer, long time Wellesley resident and coordinator of the Wellesley Farmers’ Market. At the Weston Road Community Gardens in Wellesley, John grows everything from artichokes, which he starts in his basement in the winter, to hops for brewing his own beer. Come to learn more about the gardens and how all can start growing locally. John will also touch on the broader efforts in Wellesley to develop a true local and sustainable food web.
Backyard Chicken Coop
Thursday, April 19, 6:30pm at Hills Branch Library, 210 Washington St.
The surging interest in local and organic foods has contributed to the trend of chicken coops in suburban backyards. Hens are mostly friendly and easy to care for, they can be surprisingly beautiful — and what other pet actually produces breakfast? If you’re ready to learn about bringing some farm yard into your backyard, come hear Kristin Taft share her experience and tips for successfully keeping laying hens.
The 3rd annual Wellesley Green Schools Summit will take place at the Wellesley Free Library on Tuesday, February 13 from 9am-10:30am. The goals of the summit are to
1) learn more about sustainability-themed, hands-on, curriculum-based projects and town government initiatives, and
2) provide an opportunity for cross-town/school discussions. Agenda to follow soon.
Wellesley Green Schools is a collaborative group of students, parents and staff working together to reduce the schools’ ecological footprint and inspire them to be ecologically minded citizens.