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Sustainable Belmont

Save the Date - April 2

The Belmont Uplands
Its History, Significance & Current Efforts 

April 2nd, 7-9 p.m. in the Assembly Room, Belmont Public Library
Presenters:
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.

Recycling

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
*May 3rd*!


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 (R2 Certified).

10 AM to 2 PM
Belmont will hold a Recycle Day w/ DPW Day

And, check out this guide for even more options.

Upcoming

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
See www.friendsofalewifereservation.org for more information

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Members of Sustainable Belmont
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.

Bill H2964 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.

Will Brownsberger 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:
GMO Labeling got one step closer in Massachusetts, as the GMO labeling bill was voted favorably out of committee this week.

Underwood Pool
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.

Kind regards,
Kate Bowen, Chair
Darrell King, Vice Chair
John Kolterman, Adviser

In nature nothing exists alone. — Rachel Carson
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