Feature: Talking to Wellesley Custodial Services Manager Michael Santangelo

Creating an environmentally-friendly lifestyle can oftentimes be kick-started by the building of a new, “green” infrastructure, like the new Wellesley High School, officially completed in February 2012.  But, as Wellesley’s Facilities Maintenance Department (FMD)’s Custodial Service Manager Michael Santangelo suggests, sustaining this “green” environment is dependent on the tools and techniques used by the Town’s…

Whitsons ‘Greens’ WPS Food Services

I’m not talking about green eggs and ham. I’m talking about the local, nutritious food offered by Wellesley Public Schools’ new food service company, Whitsons Culinary Group. Matt Delaney of Whitsons School Nutrition, serving as the Wellesley Public Schools food service director, says that there are many environmentally-friendly changes being made to Wellesley’s school cafeterias.…

Q&A with Climate Reality presenter Cynthia Curtis

Science fiction and Hollywood have captured the imaginations of millions of people with their ideas of a post-apocalyptic world. But what if these societies weren’t so fictional after all? This is the message Cynthia Curtis is trying to tell people: the consequences if Earth’s environment were to be destroyed, as she says it is deteriorating…

Electric Buses: A Future of School Transportation?

With the Tesla Model E scheduled to be released in 2015, electric cars are gaining in popularity as the masses become more environmentally conscious. But surprisingly, the trend doesn’t stop at cars. An electric bus is in development for the Kings Canyon Unified School District in California, exciting environmentalists and promoters of cleaner sources of…

“Turn the Key, Be Idle Free!” Campaign Kicks Off

Wellesley Green Schools has recently announced a new initiative aimed at reducing idling in Wellesley.  The campaign, called “Turn the Key, Be Idle Free!”, kicked off in September and has since garnered the support of numerous local organizations and town officials, including the School Committee.  The program, inspired by recent campaigns by the Wellesley Cancer…

SEC Launches ‘More Power to Choose’

On January 22, the Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee (SEC) kicked off their newest initiative: More Power to Choose. The program is a combination of the SEC’s past initiatives: Power to Choose in 2012, which gave Wellesley residents the opportunity to have their homes “powered” by green energy, and Power to Save in 2013, which sponsored…