Category: environment

Whiplash! Belmont backs Dems, Sales Tax and CPA

It was a case of political whiplash in Belmont on Tuesday. Just months after voters in town sent a “no new taxes” message to Town officials by narrowly defeated a Proposition 2 1/2 override they were back at the polls: resoundingly backing the State’s Democratic leadership, voting down a cut to the State sales tax and voting themselves a small property tax increase by agreeing to support the State’s Community Preservation Act.

Can Belmont be a lab for green innovation?

Now that the Board of Selectmen has endorsed (by a 2-1 vote) Sustainable Belmont’s proposal for a Climate Action Plan (CAP), the big question is: what next? An article in last week’s New York Times lays out some promising green energy programs that other suburbs are trying.

One Book, One Belmont: Wrapping up an exciting year

After another successful year, One Book One Belmont is wrapping up its season with a string of events through October 8, including a film screening, a day at Belmont’ Farmers’ Market with special guest chefs and another community reading of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, written by best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver and family.

One Book, One Belmont Fall Schedule

One Book One Belmont has a great schedule of events planned through October. In honor of Belmont’s 150th birthday and agricultural heritage, the OBOB selection is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver with husband Steven L. Hopp and daughter Camille Kingsolver.

Belmont Farmer’s Market tops competition

Boston Magazine selected Belmont’s Farmer’s Market as its Best of Boston winner.

Single stream recycling = big boost in participation

A study suggests switching to single stream recycling (all your recyclables in one container) increases household participation and can save towns money, according to Attorney General Martha Coakley.

Reburbia: reimagining the suburbs

A contest from inhabitat.com and dwell asks folks to imagine ways to transform suburban space. The contest is down to 20 finalists, from 400 entries. Some ideas are zany…some are pretty darned cool!

Belmont’s Clean Air Campaign: important meeting Wednesday

A meeting tomorrow evening at Belmont Public Library will update the community on plans from Sustainable Belmont to reduce air pollution in town. Come get involved!

Teeny tiny little cars…but are they green?

I got the chance to head over to the Larz Anderson Car Museum in Brookline for their annual Micro Mini Car Day — a gathering of some of the tiniest vehicles you’ve ever seen. Detroit was nowhere to be seen.

Bike path plans rolling along

The planned bike path construction between Brighton Street and Alewife Station is set to move ahead, along with other, more extensive bike and pedestrian access projects. Now about that extension into Belmont Center…!