Bag ban is best move for businesses, residents

  This year’s Annual Town Meeting will provide elected officials with yet another opportunity to advance the town ahead of the curve when it comes to progressive environmental policy.  Wellesley has long been a hallmark of holistically-beneficial actions regarding sustainability, ranging from the creation of Centennial Reservation and construction of an energy-efficient high school to…

‘Yes’ vote a threat to sustainability

  The town election on March 15 will feature a ballot that asks voters the question, “Shall…an Act providing for a selectmen-town manager form of government in the town of Wellesley be adopted?”  Little known to most, however, this question asks voters to consider a number of other, more complicated questions, including whether they support…

Wellesley’s colleges partnering with the MLP to go solar

Another big solar power initiative is underway in Wellesley, but unlike the More Power to Choose solar campaign, the participants are local colleges rather than residents. The Wellesley Municipal Light Plant (MLP) recently joined forces with Wellesley College and Babson College to facilitate the installation of on-campus solar panels that are intended to reduce the…

Sustainability a theme among many for Planning

  From the Route 9 Enhancement Study to zoning bylaw changes, the Planning Department has a lot on its plate.  Across all of these studies and changes, sustainability and conservation are key considerations. “Our regulations haven’t really been updated in years to reflect sustainability,” said Michael Zehner, Director of the Planning Department.  “There’s some reference…

DPW exploring use of recycled asphalt

There is more to the newly paved section of roadway at the Wellesley RDF than meets the eye. The new asphalt, laid down by the Department of Public Works in the large section of driveway leading up to the drive-through garbage compactors, is composed of 40-45% recycled material.  A new “asphalt rejuvenator” additive, known as…

Sustainable Wellesley launches 2016 with projects in hand

  The past few years have seen the name “Sustainable Wellesley” steadily increase in prevalence throughout the Wellesley community, bringing environmental concerns ranging from energy efficiency to conservation to the forefront of the community’s minds.  With the beginning of 2016, Sustainable Wellesley has launched a multitude of new “action groups,” all taking on different sustainability-oriented…

Local wealth management firm offers unique opportunity for residents

Everyone has a dream of making their fortune through wise investments.  In the modern world, however, that can unintentionally result in furthering dangerous and deleterious business operations, like risky working conditions and polluting processes, on the global scale.  One investment firm, however, offers an alternative for potential investors. Daniel Flannery of Roslindale founded Balanced Rock…

Sustainable holiday lighting is the new norm

Extravagant decorative lighting is a fundamental component of the festivity and cheer that comes with the holiday season.  Depending on the choice of lighting, however, this can mean far less than festivity and cheer for the environment and for residents’ wallets.  Many common holiday lights are incandescent or low-efficiency fluorescent bulbs, wasting large amounts of…

WPS science program embraces environmentalism

With an ever-increasing demand for sustainability in the workplace and home life, the need for environmental education has also increased significantly over the past decade.  Wellesley Public Schools (WPS), toted as a world-class education system that works ahead of the curve in its educational standards, has also begun to embrace this new focus as a…