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*Note corrected date – Thursday June 19...

The Municipal LIght Advisory Board has requested that the public attend their upcoming meeting at which they will discuss Phase 2 of the Solar Tariff for Belmont. It is expected that there will be a true public hearing in the coming months, however no formal announcement has been made by the Town.

Much will be hammered out Thursday, June 19* in the Community Room, Chenery School at 7:15 PM.

MLAB has been a force in developing Belmont Light's renewable energy interconnection policies. The agenda indicates discussion of the renewable energy interconnection tariff.

If you have been waiting for solar or confused by Belmont Light Department's policies, OR if you think the conversion of your home or your neighbors' to solar energy benefits the greater community, you will want to attend this meeting. There are many viewpoints. Some consider residential solar a shift of the burden of the grid to fewer, poorer payers. Still, others see the development of more local energy sources –  residential solar included – yielding reductions in the distances our energy must travel, thus an overall benefit in a more resilient grid. Even further, solar batteries are developing rapidly, such that residential solar users may be able to disconnect from the grid completely in a few short years. 

If you are concerned with supporting clean energy, attendance to this meeting or writing your officials within 20 DAYS of this meeting will be the critical step in ensuring that Phase 2 of the solar tariff is viable for residential solar. 

You are Needed!

Three Phone Calls

If you missed the recent "Revenue Neutral Solution to Curbing Emissions", you can still be part of the effort.

Sustainable Belmont members and Citizen's Climate Lobby (CCL) are asking our members of Congress to address global warming. On June 23, people across the country will be calling representatives in Congress in support of addressing global warming. Please contact our representatives in Congress – Clark, Warren and Markey – on Monday, June 23.

Here's a sample script for your calls:

“Hi, my name is _____ and I live in ______. I’m very concerned about global warming, and I want the Congressman/Congresswoman to consider serious legislation to fix this problem, [such as a revenue-neutral carbon fee*]. Thank you, and have a nice day.”

Sen., Ed Markey: 202-224-3121 (ask for Mr. Markey’s office)
Sen., Elizabeth Warren: 202-224-4543
Rep., Katherine Clark: 202-225-2836

*A revenue-neutral carbon fee makes carbon based fuels more expensive while providing consumers money to offset these increased expenses—without increasing the size of government. The goal is to change behaviors away from increasingly expensive fossil fuels to low-carbon energy sources. This is the solution many economists agree will have the most impact in lowering greenhouse gas emissions which are heating our tiny planet, and spurring investment in cleaner energy sources.

See this JUNE 23 Initiative on Facebook


A Little Volunteer Muscle

Please help us distribute rain barrels!

Saturday, June 21
9-11 am

DPW Yard on C Street
Contact Amanda Mujica at or call her 617.595.2178

When it rains it a good way! Sustainable Belmont in collaboration with the Town of Belmont and Great American Rain Barrel sold 86 rain barrels this year. Each barrel holds 60 gallons of rainwater – that is a great reuse and stormwater diversion rate! This is a fun volunteer gig because folks are excited about their new purchase and eager to get started. Thank you!!

This year's "demonstration" rain barrel will be donated to the Wellington School in recognition of their hard work on green intitiatives and energy reductions. Congratulations, Wellington!!

Thank you!!

For our Organic Gardening Coffee Hour, we had a great turn-out on a beautiful Saturday morning - tearing our dedicated gardeners away from doing their passion to merely talking (!) about their passion. There were many great take-aways, and we hope to include them throughout the year, but my personal 2 favorite words were: COMPOST and CLOVER, especially clover. I was hooked when Emma Thurston shared that her rabbit visitors actually bypassed her tasty vegetable garden for the clover in her yard!

Special thanks to our presenters, Nancy Forbes, Judy Otto, Mark Davis, and Kathy Martin, as well as those put this event together very quickly: Jeri Weis, Joan Teebagy, and Suzanne Johannes. 

As promised, here is the link to Nancy's wonderful gardening resource.

We look forward to doing it again earlier in the season next spring, as well as seeing YOU at our Organic Gardens Tour the first weekend in September - stay tuned!! This will be the same weekend as the Watertown Chemical-Free Garden Tour. 

Members Share

Undefined sidewalk edge encourages car pictured to park in sidewalk zone on a street in Belmont, MA
Issues of increased stormwater and development of the Belmont Uplands continue.
Read Anne-Marie Lambert's letter highlight precipitation data.
Understand the requirement of 40B housing development.
Read Idith Haber's letter addressing the proposed changes in the planned project.

Safe Routes to School Community Task Force Yielding Concerted Improvement Efforts
Various members of the the SRTS Community Task Force and SRTS PTA/PTO organizers are working to apply for infrastructure assessments to improve walking and biking to schools. School applications may be selected for assessment, yielding a lengthy report and then, potentially have a project selected for completion. Projects funded through this MassDOT program range from 300K to 1.1 Million dollars. For questions about this initiative, please contact the SRTS organizer at your school.
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, Co-Chair
John Kolterman, Adviser

In nature nothing exists alone. — Rachel Carson
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