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10/24: Gas Leaks: Triage and Transition

Curious about gas (leaks)? Our colleagues in Weston invite you to join them for a discussion about fixing large volume leaks and transitioning away from fossil fuels. The Gas Forum: Triage & Transition will be hosted by the Weston Town Manager, Leon Gaumond, and will feature Rep Lori Ehrlich as well as other local experts on gas infrastructure challenges and solutions. When: Thursday, October 24, 7- 9 PM Where: Amy Potter Center, Weston Middle School, 456 Wellesley Street, Weston MA

Wayland students show up on Climate Strike Friday

On September 20, the world’s young people demanded action from political and industry leaders and all adults in Climate Strikes around the world. 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who inspired the marches and rallies, estimates more than seven million people marched, on all continents (Antarctica included). Wayland youth was there as well. Over thirty Wayland High School students walked out of school and carpooled and took the T into Boston. There they joined over 7,000

Wayland celebrates first-of-its-kind Resiliency Project

On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, the Wayland Middle School hosted the ribbon cutting of an innovative new clean energy resiliency project. In 2014, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) was awarded a Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative (CCERI) grant from the Commonwealth on behalf of Wayland to develop a resiliency project at the Middle School, which also serves as a community and regional emergency shelter. Resiliency is critical during severe storms and grid outages Thanks to path-breaking, first-of-a-kind public-private

9/28: Repair Cafe in Framingham

THE FIX IS FREE AT THE REPAIR CAFE: bring it to be fixed! Saturday September 28, 10 AM – 1 PM Scott Hall at First Parish, 24 Vernon Street, Framingham MA Most items are welcome, but we specialize in mendable clothing, lamps, small appliances, computers and other electronics, bikes, toys, outdoor power equipment, jewelry, sewing machines and dull blades. If your item needs a part, save time and bring the new part with you. Enjoy a free drink and a snack, have fun,

9/20: Climate Strike in Boston

Stand with youth on September 20th for Youth Climate Strike’s call to action to fight the climate crisis. Following the lead of Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, thousands of young people and adult allies will gather in Boston on September 20 to march for climate action! There will be a carpool and group train ride to the event from Wayland: check back soon for more information or email info@energizewayland.org. This is the Sept. 20 climate strike schedule according to the Facebook

Two Wayland homes get Pearl ‘Gold’ rating for efficiency

(This article appeared in the Wayland Town Crier on May 9, 2019) Two homes in Wayland can now boast that they are among the first high performing homes in Massachusetts to receive a “Gold” rating from Pearl Certification, a national program designed to help homeowners capture the value of their home’s environmentally friendly and efficient features when they sell the property. Pearl is working with MassEnergize, a local nonprofit, to promote green and energy efficient homes in Wayland and Concord. “MassEnergize

Ever wondered how many Electric Vehicles there are in Wayland?

It’s not an easy thing to find. Our only recourse so far is to the MOR-EV Program (website: mor-ev.org/program-statistics), which provides a variety of information about the adoption and distribution of electric vehicles in Massachusetts. Not all electric vehicles are captured as not every electric vehicle owner applies for a MOR-EV rebate. Neither does it show which of these vehicles are presently on the road. But it gives us an idea of how popular EVs are becoming in Wayland, and around.

Hybrid was a great buy!

When the U.N. made its most recent Global Warning announcement, Waylander Steve Engler decided to act to significantly reduce his use of gasoline. He wrote us the following: I looked at the Honda Insight (Hybrid only) and the Chevrolet Volt, but in October bought a Honda Clarity! One of the better plug-ins available, I believe. I drive the first 40 miles each day on electricity only. This makes most of my days gas free! Hybrid mileage (for those above 40 miles/day) at

EV Batteries in Winter: some tips

Here are four tips from the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy to improve Electric Vehicle Battery range this winter! (source: https://energy.gov/eere/articles/4-tips-improve-electric-vehicle-battery-range-winter) Electric vehicle (EV) batteries charge by moving ions through a liquid electrolyte (more: https://energy.gov/eere/articles/how-does-lithium-ion-battery-work). As the temperatures outside drop, the electrolyte in lithium ion EV batteries thickens and it becomes more difficult for ions to move through (much like the challenge of walking through snow versus dry pavement). This increased resistance results in less EV battery range as more energy is needed