Each of the UU's six chandeliers included 10 incandescent bulbs, which were replaced with LEDs.

Unitarian Universalists set standard for energy efficient lighting

Churches, temples, mosques, and other houses of faith often feature elaborate lighting fixtures that brighten places of worship, along with other energy-consuming apparatuses. The Wellesley Unitarian Universalist (UU) society recently joined the ranks of those houses of faith that choose sustainable alternatives to these consumptive accessories. Earlier this month, the UU’s Green Sanctuary Committee replaced…

Keeping homes energy efficient as the temperature drops

Although this Christmas was rainy and warm, the arrival of winter inevitably forecasts the corresponding arrival of colder temperatures and snow that traditionally characterizes December through February. Naturally, brisker conditions generally cause residents to turn up the thermostat a few degrees. While turning up the heat is an easy way to deal with the cold,…

Disposing of Christmas trees sustainably

Although the holiday season is not yet over, preparations are already under way by various groups in town to ensure the sustainability of the post-festivity rush to the “dump” as residents clean up before heading back to their routines in January. Venture Crew 42, a co-ed unit of the Boy Scouts of America, has joined…

Making holiday dinners sustainable

While the holiday season is recognized as a time of giving and spending, it is also known as a time of eating, and as a result, it is a time of tremendous waste. The United States Department of Agriculture reports that on Thanksgiving Day alone, one fifth of food prepared by Americans is discarded without…

From left to right: FMD Director Joe McDonough, MLP Director Dick Joyce, DPW Superintendent of Parks and Trees Mike Quinn, and NRC Director Brandon Schmitt await the start of the summit.

Press Release: Wellesley Green Schools Summit showcases momentum

Last Friday, the Wellesley Free Library’s Wakelin Room was home to a new event: the first-ever Wellesley Green Schools Summit. With a huge number of participants and immense diversity in the group combined with flourishing ideas and plans for action, the event served as a showcase for the momentum surrounding the issue of sustainability in…