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Energy

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Planning Meeting
Wednesday, December 4th, 7-9 PM
Belmont Public Library, Flett Room

Please join us for our final meeting of the year. Agenda items will include (order tbd):
  1. Forming a Solarize Belmont Committee* (modelled after CEC programs)
  2. Analysis of the failings/successes of the Wellington Solar project
  3. Progress reviews of initiatives including the Green Communities Application, MyEco, and Safe Routes to Schools Task Force & Related Pedestrian Issues
  4. Input for spring meetings & activities
Please send any agenda items by December 1st and related materials to make available to the group in advance.
*If you are unable to make the meeting and are interested in the Solarize Belmont initiative, please follow the link above & complete the 2-question survey.

Link to recap of the last presentation on solar for residential.

Health & Environment

Water bottle covered person represents the waste of single-use plastics not recycled.
Sidewalk Love!
Residential snow removal amendment to Article 20 has passed. Enjoy sidewalk travel all year long and spread the love.

Show Your Sidewalk Love: Input Needed for the Community Path!
The Community Path Advisory Committee is preparing recommendations for several connective paths throughout Belmont. Sustainable Belmont supports increased and improved pedestrian and cycling access per its mandate to support Belmont as an environmentally responsible community. Your voice is greatly needed at CPAC meeting and / or writing to Town Selectman. More details can be found on the committee page and meeting dates can be seen on our site. Please pass it on.

Reusable Bags - Reduce, Reuse and Donate!
Amanda Mujica and Anna Churchill and others will be helping people sign up with My Eco at Waverly Shaw's on November 15th, 11-1 PM. 

November 15th is America Recycles Day! Take the pledge on their site.

November 19th "PRICING CARBON - League of Women Voters forum" 7:00 pm Sorenson Theater, Babson College

Did you know you can recycle more than plastic shopping bags at the grocery store?
These facilities are partnered with TREX and accept CLEAN and DRY dry cleaning bags, ziplock bags (without hard plastic closure), bread bags, newspaper bags, produce bags, packaging overwrap and air pillows. Keep them out of the waste stream by recycling them at major grocers.

Pinched on space?
Here are some solutions.
Remember Belmont's 3 Separate Streams:
1) Paper
2) Corrugated Cardboard (the wiggle in the middle)
3) Containers – Metal, Glass and Plastic
Bonus efforts include bringing above mentioned plastics to the grocers and participating in DOE and other local specialized recycling events.

Still looking for a CSA option?
Similar to a local CSA, Farmers to You is a consortium of Vermont farmers delivery everything you might imagine from a New England farm. Sallye Bleiberg is organizing a Belmont pick-up for Wednesdays 3-4pm, BHS parking lot near the tennis courts. For more info, see their site and contact her with your interest at sallyebleiberg@verizon.net

Water & Soil

Let's get Practical: Belmont Stormwater Working Group Seeks Members

Belmont Citizens Forum and Sustainable Belmont are working together to improve water quality and reduce flooding in our waterways. If you are interested in participating, please contact bcfprogramdirector@gmail.com. The first meeting will be held December 5th.

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 always open to the public.

Kind regards and mind your impact,
Kate Bowen, Chair
Darrell King, Co-Chair
John Kolterman, Adviser

In nature nothing exists alone. — Rachel Carson

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