Making a Difference at the Local Level

"The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, not the reverse."
     - Herman Daly, environmentalist and former Senior Economist at the World Bank


Our January meeting explored the topic and growing concern of e-waste.  Many European countries and several US states have take back laws requiring manufacturers and retailers of appliances and electronic devices to take back such products at the end of their life where materials can be reclaimed and responsibly dealt with. Sadly, MA is not one of those states.   Minutes of the meeting can be found here.

How much food are you throwing out every month?  This research may surprise you.


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

2/1 (Wednesday)  "Preparing Your Home for the 21st Century"  Are you tired of high heating bills and want to do something about it?  Then join us for a presentation on how best to weatherize your home. Paul Eldrenkamp, a local expert on air sealing and insulation, and owner of Byggmeister, will offer advice on weatherizing existing housing stock.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a copy of their utility bills and a tool to perform some simple math (calculator, spreadsheet, etc) for insights on how they might save.  A drawing will be held after the hands-on exercise with the winner receiving a free 2-hour comprehensive energy audit of their home.
Belmont Public Library Assembly Room   7-9pm

3/7 (Wednesday)  "Establishing Sustainable Local Food Systems Through the Power of Partnership"  This talk will be presented by Mary Joan McLarney from the USDA and Paul Browne, supervisor of food services for Belmont Public Schools.  Mary Joan has won several national awards for her efforts of rasing the nutrional quality of Somerville's elementary schools.
Wellington School cafeteria  7-9pm

4/4 (Wednesday)  "Sustainability by Design: A Progress Report"  by  Dr. John Enrenfeld.  Dr. Ehrenfeld is a distinguished professor, environmentalist and author of "Sustainability by Design: A Subservise Strategy for Transforming our Consumer Culture."
First Church of Belmont - parish hall  7-9pm

Other notable events:

2/4 (Saturday)   A benefit and celebration performance to "Save the Maple Forest" will be hosted at the First Parish Unitarian Church in Arlington.  Click here for more details.  $

Kind regards and stay mindful of your impact on the environment!

-John Kolterman
chair Sustainable Belmont 
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