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Mark Your Calendar

The Public Hearing held by
the Belmont Municipal Light Advisory Board
to hear comments on the proposed changes to Phase 2 and Phase 3 will remain on

Thursday, September 18th  at 7 PM 
Town Hall Auditorium

To view the detailed comment letter prepared by Sustainable Belmont Energy Working Group and additional resources, please visit our homepage.

Thank you!!

Another successful tour full was had on Sunday with great thanks to lead organizers Jeri Weiss, Martha Cohen and Nancy Forbes, and many volunteers including Sarah Wang, Judy Otto, Kathy Martin, Emma Thurston, Joan Teebagy, Mike Chase, Peggy Kornegger, Lucia Gates, Nikolay Koumpikav, Jessica Gotsch, Olivia Cronin and many others who helped make it a success.

Belmont Green Gardens stand out because of their unique and diverse approaches including hoop-houses, compost fanaticism, beautiful perennials, delicious annuals, a bunny tractor, chickens and more. These gardeners epitomize so many of the qualities we value in Belmont. If you missed it, you can still download the brochure: Sustainable Belmont Green Garden Tour 2014 or  follow this link to our Google Map of the Green Garden Tour 2014 (descriptions are the same). We hope to do it again next year and will surely have new gardening perspectives and enduring favorites to share. THANK YOU for attending!

We'd also like to thank Michael Desmond Cox Photography for the incredible pictures he took of the event (picture above). You can view them at his on-line gallery. And thanks to everyone who helped spread the word about the event.

A final big THANK YOU to Mary Beth Calnan, Town Recycling Coordinator and all the folks at the Department of Public Works for making one "Brave New Composter" available for our free raffleimage002DPW sells these for $25 (a bargain) and you can get all your tips and instructions at Town Hall anytime.

Congratulations to Mary Bradley of Belmont (!!), winner of our compost bin. We know she will enjoy it thoroughly in her new home where she is quickly making roots!
Martha and Jeri draw the winning name – we're pretty sure Mary jumped for joy when she found out too!

Reminder of Additional Upcoming Events

Sustainable Belmont Meetings are the 1st Wednesday of the Month

See our calendar or add it to yours!

GWAC: Mike Barrett and Marc Breslow on the Carbon Tax 

They will focus on its impact on consumers.
Monday, October 6 , 7:30 to 9 pm
Cary Library in Lexington

Sustainable Middlesex: "Preparing our Communities for Extreme Climate Change"

Saturday, November 1, 9:30 to 12:30 am
Jenks Center in Winchester

Reports from around the world documenting weather-related disasters necessitates planning for our local communities. It is crucial that we examine all aspects of community life that will be impacted by ongoing climate change and future extreme weather events. To this end we have put together a panel of experts in the health, business, energy, and development fields to inform and guide our way. Our goal is to influence local decision makers and the citizenry they represent to develop sustainable actions that will make our communities strong in the face of the effects of climate change, both incremental and sudden.

Preparedness Panel:
  • Keynote by Brian Swett, Chief of Environment and Energy Services, Boston
  • Moderator, Jim Braude, WGBH and NECN
  • Kathy Baskin, Director of Water Policy, MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Suzanne Condon, Associate Commissioner, MA DPH and Director of the Center for Environmental Health
  • Marie Jordon, Senior Vice President, National Grid Cynthia McHale, Director of Insurance Program, CERE

Sustainable Middlesex: Program TBD

This meeting will be followed by a meeting of Citizens' Climate Lobby, 12 to 3 pm, same room.
Saturday, December 6, 9:30 to 12:00
Cary Library in Lexington: 
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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