Save the Date - April 2
The Belmont Uplands
April 2nd, 7-9 p.m. in the Assembly Room, Belmont Public Library
Its History, Significance & Current Efforts
Idith Haber, Coalition to Preserve the Belmont Uplands
Anne Marie Lambert, Belmont Citizens Forum
Anne-Marie Lambert will present a brief history of the Belmont Uplands as well as a Belmont perspective on the risks to wildlife and flooding from development in this area. Idith Haber will present the Coalition’s efforts to preserve the Uplands, the status of the building permit application, and Belmont’s new stormwater by-law and its applicability to the project.
Thank you Mary Beth Calnan, Doug Koplow and Anna Churchill
for rallying to a quickly arranged Q&A on Recycling in Belmont on March 5th! And, thank you
to everyone one who attended and submitted questions electronically. It was an extensive discussion and brought up good practices and good questions for the next contract renewal. We've posted our first two segments of the Re-Cap on our site and via the Belmont Patch - Happy Reading.
Recycling Re-Cap - Part 1: How does Belmont measure up?
Recycling Re-Cap - Part 2: Plastic, Lots o' Plastic
*Part 3 is in the works - composting, aseptic containers and more.
Mark your calendar for these special recycling events on
8 AM to NOON
Daniel Butler Elementary School PTA will host an electronics recycling drive.
Anything with a plug will be accepted, fees for disposal will range from $1 to $30.
A portion of the proceeds will go to educational program for Butler. This event is done in partnership with CRT Recycling
10 AM to 2 PM
Belmont will hold a Recycle Day w/ DPW Day
And, check out this guide for even more options.
Gubernatorial Forum on Energy, the Environment, and the Innovation Economy
March, 21 from 12 NOON - 2 PM
Faneuil Hall, 1 Faneuil Square, Boston MA
At this event, the candidates for Governor will engage in a moderated discussion on their views related climate change action, clean energy, jobs, sustainability, and the livability of our Commonwealth, as well as issues of climate change adaptation, energy efficiency and other related topics.
Candidate's Night for Selectman
March 24, 7 PM
Chenery Middle School
Meet the candidates for selectman at 7, questions will begin about 7:30. Attend or tune in to the cable broadcast. What will you ask the candidates?
Roger Colton on Facebook
Sami Baghdady on Facebook
The 2nd Lone Tree Hill Earth Day
BCF Volunteer Day for clean up and trail maintenance
April 12, beginning at 9 AM
Starting Point: Pleasant Street at the Lone Tree Hill Conservation area Coal Road kiosk
LIttle River Nature Walks, Guided by Anne Marie Lambert
April 5, 10-12 noon (History Nature Walk)
June 1, 10-12 noon (Nature Walk)
Acorn Park Drive parking lot, Alewife Brook Reservation, Cambridge
for more information
Stay tuned on Bill H2964
There are 49 towns serviced by Municipal Light Plants (MLP) in Massachusetts, including Belmont. Each pays into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative fund (RGGI), but are not eligible to receive any funds from RGGI, unlike investor-owned utilities companies such as NStar and others.
is under consideration in the MA legislature – it provides funding to MLP Towns for energy efficiency initiatives. These funds would provide incentives for MLPs, such as Belmont Light, to fund more energy efficiency initiatives. These incentives when tied to energy conservation programs are key to sustainable and clean energy transitions.
and Dave Rogers
have expressed their support by asking Senator Downing and/or Rep Keenan, Chairs of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy to report H2964 out of committee. News of its progress is expected Wednesday.
Farmers to You
This coming week they are offering 50% off the first order when people join. Pick-up location is the Belmont High School Parking lot every Wednesday, 4:30-6 p.m. (including snow days)
Several members shared articles on solar power:
got one step closer in Massachusetts, as the GMO labeling bill
was voted favorably out of committee this week.
When voting on funding the pool project, we have the green elements to additionally consider: having a pool nearby encourages local travel - ideally walking and biking. The new proposal does not add parking, rather it utilizes the Wellington School parking lot. It is designed to not further impact the wetlands, as well it uses natural light in the bath houses as much as possible. Read Ellen Schrieber's overview
. Still, could we see energy efficiencies such as those accomplished at Waltham's Connors Memorial Pool
See you April 2nd!
Sustainable Belmont is an all-volunteer organization that has regular discussions, workshops and presentations to enable the community to be environmentally sustainable. Meetings and events are open to the public.
Kate Bowen, Chair
Darrell King, Vice Chair
John Kolterman, Adviser
In nature nothing exists alone. — Rachel Carson