Making a Difference at the Local Level

We have a good number of exciting talks and events lined up for the Spring


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The sale of rain barrels at the Farmers Market is back by popular demand this season.  Many thanks to Amanda Mujica and Judy Otto for orchestrating this!

Recap of our March meeting: Establishing Sustainable Local Food Systems Through the Power of Partnership
An engaging talk led by Mary Jo McLarney, a nutrition expert with the USDA and Paul Browne, Director of Food Services for Belmont Public Schools.  
Click here for a summary
If you are interested in joining a small group of people to promote changes to Belmont's school lunch program, please email us at

Upcoming Sustainable Belmont Meetings    
All events are open and free to the public!

4/4 (Wednesday)  "Sustainability by Design: A Progress Report"  by  Dr. John Ehrenfeld.  Dr. Ehrenfeld is a distinguished professor, environmentalist and author of Sustainability by Design: A Subversive Strategy for Transforming our Consumer Culture.
First Church of Belmont - Parish Hall, 404 Concord Ave.  7-9pm

4/29 (Sunday)  Annual Planning Meeting  1-3:30pm  Belmont Hill School        Do you have a particular topic or issue that you'd like Sustainable Belmont to address over the next year?   Here's your chance to weigh-in and become more engaged with Sustainable Belmont.   As we expand our programming and initiatives, the need for volunteers increases.  Anyone interested in helping out with web development?

5/2 (Wednesday) Presentation by Belmont resident and host of NPR’s  Sunday evening program,   Humankind ,  on his recent public transportation series, Passengers. Also, an update on alternative transportation in Belmont by Energy Committee co-chair Ian Todreas. 
Belmont Public Library Assembly Room  7-9 pm

5/16 (Wednesday) A demo and presentation of the Copenhagen Wheel by the folks from the MIT SENSEable City Lab at MIT.   These guys are close to launching a product that has the potential to really increase the number of urban cyclists.
Belmont Town Hall (parking lot and Selectmen's Room)  7-9pm

5/20 (Sunday)  Green Energy Tour of Belmont  A handful of businesses and residents invite you to see first-hand what they have done to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels.  If you have a story to tell in this space and would like to add your home or business to the tour, please contact us at:
6/6 (Wednesday) - Time Trade Orientation meeting to initiate a Belmont Time Trade circle.  This would allow people to barter hours and skills and become part of a national movement.
Belmont Town Hall Selectmen's Room,  7-9pm


Other notable events:

3/18 (Sunday)   LexGWAC will show the film "Carbon Nation"     This is a second showing due to an overwhelming response of the first.
2:30-5pm  Cary Library, Large Meeting Room in Lexington

3/19 (Monday)  Habitat is hosting a talk by Russ Cohen, author of "Wild Plants I Have Known and Eaten" the Habitat
Join Russ, for a lively slide show featuring the multitude of wild plants in our neighborhoods. Russ will talk about identifying, gathering and eating wild plants in an enjoyable, safe and environmentally responsible way.  You can also enjoy tasting Black Walnut Baklava and other wild treats!!!   
Registration suggested....Lisa at Habitat, 617-489-5050   
$5 .....all proceeds to fund HIP projects.

3/27 (Tuesday) Sustainable Winchester presents a free talk on Food Security  -  Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St., 7pm
more details here
   Kind regards and please stay mindful of your impact on the environment!
   John Kolterman
   chair, Sustainable Belmont

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