Last year's festivities included the construction of a school mural made of plastic bottle caps, snack wrappers, and Caprisun containers. (Courtesy Photo)

Upham takes on fifth annual Green Week

The high school will not be the only school in Wellesley that celebrates Earth Day next week.  Upham Elementary will host their fifth annual Green Week from April 27 to May 1 to spread the word about sustainability. The week will kick off on Monday with “re-certification day” when teachers will review their classrooms to…

Green Team members Abbey Mui, Kyle Wang and Keenan Ashbrook distribute cake for students who recycled at last year's Earth Day celebration.

High School to celebrate Earth Day on April 28

Ever wanted to cruise in a Tesla? Interested in learning more about climate change? Think donating solar panels to community “superheroes” is cool? Want to help take a building off the grid? The opportunity to do so, for high school students, will be in Wellesley on April 28. For its second year, the Wellesley High…

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Talking trash: community presentation on the RDF next Thursday

Ever wanted more information about the inner workings of the Wellesley Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF)?  Are you interested in becoming more involved in local sustainability?  The place for you to be next Thursday, April 16 from 9 to 11am is at the Department of Public Works (20 Municipal Way, next to the Municipal Light…

The Wellesley Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF) has a shed devoted to the safe recycling of mercury products. (Photo by Laura Fragasso)

Mercury: a threat to the health of every homeowner

It is not unoften that the products used by a homeowner in his/her daily life turn out to contain a substance threatening to his/her health.  Among other substances, mercury has a declared status as a health hazard by organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).  A common component…

Green Team members Abbey Mui and Keenan Ashbrook provide information about sustainable energy consumption at the new high school building at last year's STEM Expo.

STEM Expo to feature sustainability

The Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF)’s STEM Expo at Wellesley High School (WHS) on Saturday will feature science, technology, engineering, and math exhibits of a wide variety, ranging from robots and weather to agriculture and aerodynamics.  One specific topic, however, will take on an increased role this year compared to last: sustainability. Running from 10am to…

Building efficiency improvements show savings for FY14

The Town of Wellesley is estimated to save an approximate $123,000 by the end of fiscal year 2014 (FY14), thanks to a net 10% decrease in energy usage across the Town’s 20 municipal and educational buildings as compared to FY12. According to estimates provided by the FMD, the combination of purposeful adjustments in electric and…

Old MLP demolished at 98.5% recycling rate

Besides coming in roughly $30,000 below budget, the demolition of the decommissioned Wellesley Municipal Light Plant Administrative Building can claim leadership in another area: recycling.  Through the course of its deconstruction and the removal of its constructs,98.5% of materials were recycled. The planned recycling of the materials making up the previous WMLP Administrative Building dates…