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2017 Award For Environmental Leadership

Published on May 31, 2017 under Community

Congratulations to Lincoln Sudbury graduate Cecilia (Ceci) Barnes, this year’s recipient of Sustainable Sudbury’s third annual Award for Environmental Leadership. The award was presented by Richard Vanderslice, pictured here with Ceci at the Community Scholarship Awards ceremony on May 30th at LSRHS.

Cecilia, a 2017 graduate of Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School and a member of the LS Environmental Club, initiated efforts to reduce plastic waste in the school by helping implementation of water bottle refill stations. She also drafted legislation for the towns of Lincoln and Sudbury to ban the sale of single use plastic water bottles and thin-film plastic shopping bags in retail stores. She joined five other members of the club to present these articles at Sudbury town meeting in May 2017. Both articles passed and go into effect on July 1, 2018. Sustainable Sudbury will work with the club to educate the public and town merchants about the new bylaws.

Cecilia will attend Middlebury College’s renowned Environmental Studies program in the fall. She plans to focus on implementing educational initiatives aimed at teaching youth how their choices directly affect the natural world. Ceci joins previous recipients Katie Semple, (LSRHS class of 2016) and Grace Caltabiano (LSRHS class of 2015).

Styrofoam Recycling Collection April 1st, 9am-Noon

Published on March 16, 2017 under Recycling

Styrofoam Recycling Collection
Saturday, April 1, 9am-Noon
Curtis Middle School Cafeteria

**Hard packing styrofoam and
#4 LDPE soft spongy foam only**
We cannot accept any food containers or peanuts

Free for current members of Sustainable Sudbury; $5 drop off fee or renew your membership

 

Solarize Redux!

Published on March 16, 2017 under Community

Have you wondered if installing a solar photovoltaic (PV) energy system makes sense for you? The good news is that while you’ve ruminated the prices have dropped. More good news: Sudbury’s energy committee joined with Lincoln’s and Wayland’s to apply for the Mass Clean Energy Center’s Solarize Massachusetts 2017 (http://www.masscec.com/get-clean-energy/residential/solar).

The proposed Solarize Sudbury 2017 will attempt to include community solar PV, nonprofit solar PV, and solar domestic hot water options. We expect to hear within this month if our application has been accepted. So, if you been thinking about solar energy – photovoltaic or domestic hot water – this summer improved buying options should be available. While the federal investment tax credit of 30% for residential solar PV systems has been extended at full value until 2019, now’s the time, because state incentives remain strong, but will be declining.  Email energy@sudbury.ma.us to be placed on a list for updates.

Update on Community Aggregation of Electric Supply Services

Published on March 16, 2017 under Community

Community aggregation of residential electric energy supply is awaiting approval at Mass Department of Public Utilities (DPU). A plan for Sudbury to competitively procure electric energy on behalf of its residents, Town Wide Electric Aggregation (2016 TM Article 42), was filed with the DPU last year. Sudbury joined with Arlington and Somerville to file the plan, and a DPU hearing was held in December. The DPU had routinely approved these filings, however, inexplicitly, has stalled on this and other towns’ plans. See the Energy Committee Meeting Notes (https://sudbury.ma.us/energy/) for more information. You can also read more about it here.

Fighting for Climate Change at the Mass State House, March 30th

Published on March 16, 2017 under Uncategorized

Learn from State House staff, Representatives, and Senators about how you can effectively create change with limited time. We all want to make change – learn how you can be a part of it. The focus will be on environmental and energy policy, but the advice and conversations from panelists will be applicable to all legislation at the State House.

This event is free and open to the public, so please invite anyone you believe will be interested in attending. RSVPs are encouraged so we have an idea of the number of people attending. To RSVP, please contact Amanda Griffiths in Chairman Smizik’s office at 617-722-2676 or Amanda.Griffiths@mahouse.gov

Movie Night: Bag It, April 26th

Published on March 16, 2017 under Community

Wednesday, April 26th, 7pm
Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge
680 Hudson Road, Sudbury
Co-sponsored by Sustainable Sudbury and Friends of Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

Bag & Bottle Ban Articles for Town Meeting, May 2017

Published on March 16, 2017 under Community

Two articles proposed for Town Meeting Warrant proposed by Lincoln-Sudbury Environmental Club 
Plastic bag reduction
Thin plastic bags with handles may not be provided by large stores (groceries, e.g.)
Stores may provide recyclable paper or biodegradable plastic or reusable bags
Or BYOBB—Bring your own!
Plastic water bottle sales limitation
No non-reusable water bottles under 1 liter to be sold in town.
Questions?  Email LS Environmental Club at
LSbyobb@gmail.com
See 2017 Town Meeting Website to read full articles.