Sustainable Belmont originally formed in 2003 as task force of the Vision 21 Implementation Committee to “develop and implement a variety of activities and initiatives to assist Belmont’s government, residents, and businesses in becoming a more environmentally responsible community.” As of December of 2014, Sustainable Belmont no longer serves as a formal task force of the Vision 21 Implementation Committee, rather we have expanded our mandate to include selected advocacy campaigns in addition to the continuing with our historical mandate.
We are an all-volunteer group ranging from very actively engaged members to supportive and informed members. We are working together to find solutions that will prepare Belmont for the impacts of climate change and be environmentally responsible for its residents.
Environmentally focused initiatives range from seemingly-small behavioral changes like the anti-idling campaign (improved air quality and reduced gas consumption) to supporting ESCo projects (improving energy efficiency in town buildings – the most recent one yielding greater cost avoidances than originally estimated in part due to increased fuel costs). We continue to work towards financial savings and improved environmental conditions to the benefit of the entire community, while recognizing our impacts beyond Belmont alone.
Who can join?
Anyone. We work on a range of environmental initiatives and depend on YOU and others to accomplish the collective goal of becoming an environmentally responsible community and reaching 80% CO2 emissions reduction by 2050. The extent to which you may be involved in our community initiatives is up to you. We do include requests for new and ongoing initiatives in our monthly newsletter periodically. Some efforts may be posting signage around town, while other efforts may involve regular meetings and research. Send us a note with your interests – we’d love to hear from you.
We have many active members who work on different initiatives. If you are interested in something particular, please contact us and we will connect you with the best person.
Phil Thayer, Chair
Terese Hammerle (Chair, 2018-19)
Kim Slack (Chair 2016, 2017-18)
Kate Bowen (Chair 2013-14 to 2016)
John Kolterman (Chair 2009-10 to 2012-13; Adviser 2013-14 to 2016-17)
Jan Kruse (Chair 2005-06 to 2008-09)
Darrell King (Vice Chair 2013-14 to 2015-16)