Melrose Athletic Complex, 360 Lynn Fells Parkway, Melrose, Massachusetts 02176. 10am - 1:30pm

Welcome to Healthy Melrose Family Wellness and Fitness Fair

Sustainable Melrose

What is Sustainable Melrose?


Civic organizations which formed a coalition that, each in their own way, contribute to making the city more livable, environmentally sustainable, and, yes, healthy making them a great compliment and fit with our ever growing fair!

Sustainable Melrose formed in 2013, as several civic organizations saw opportunity to share their special areas of knowledge, skills, and interests. 

By working together under the Sustainable Melrose umbrella, these organizations are striving to raise awareness of and support for our shared community responsibilities in environmental stewardship, social wellbeing, and economic prosperity over the long term. 

In collaboration with the Healthy Melrose organizers and the city, Sustainable Melrose will be taking steps to make the fair a “zero waste” and “zero carbon” event. 

Bins for the proper disposal of bottles, paper, and other items will be located around the fair, and the electricity used during the event will be matched with clean and local wind power made possible by Mass Energy Consumers Alliance by matching the electricity usage with 100% clean, local wind power.  To learn more about Mass Energy’s 100% federally tax-deductible Green Power Programs and how they support the development of more clean energy projects in Massachusetts, please visit: 

Who is Sustainable Melrose?


The Melrose Energy Commission

A group of Melrose citizens who are volunteering their time to help the city and its residents save energy. In so doing, the commission is contributing tangible and positive steps toward lessening the harmful effects of climate change. 

The Melrose Recycling Committee
Provides advisory and support services to the city with the aim of reducing our waste, increasing recycling, and educating the public about the benefits of environmentally responsible waste management. 


The Friends of the Fells Middlesex Fells Reservation

Helps to protect and preserve the natural, historic, and recreational resources of the 3,400 acre Fells. Through its free hike programs, Friends of the Fells encourages visitors to enjoy the beauty of the reservation in all seasons.

Melrose Native

Advocates for sound land stewardship, the planting of gardens with an emphasis on native plants, and the identification and removal of non-native species. Grow Native MA—“every garden matters”—is a source of education and information for projects aimed at restoring and sustaining healthy ecological communities throughout the state.

Melrose Farmers' Market 

One of the longest running farmers’ markets in Massachusetts and the only real farmers’ market in Melrose. From June through October, the market provides fresh, in-season vegetables, fruits, meats, fish, bread, and food grown and produced by Massachusetts farms, bakeries, and other food producers—thus reducing the miles food must travel to reach the city and providing a more nutritious offering.

The Pedestrian and Bicycling Advisory Committee 

Works throughout the city to improve conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists and promotes alternatives to vehicle traffic as a means of transportation in Melrose


Melrose Conservation Commission
Responsibly manages Melrose’s conservation lands and implementing the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, the Massachusetts Rivers Protection Act, and the city of Melrose’s Wetlands Protection ordinance. 


Sustainable Melrose Activities


Sustainable Healthy Melrose Highlights 2019

The 11th Annual Healthy and Sustainable Melrose Fair on May 11th will have a lot to offer visitors including activities by local volunteer groups that focus on sustainability in Melrose. 

  • An array of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will be showcased in front of the middle school. Local EV owners will be on hand to answer questions and share what they love about their cars. It’s possible that a hydrogen fuel cell car and an electric motorcycle may make an appearance. Learn more about how to green your ride at the Melrose Energy Commission booth.

  • The Pedestrian Bicycle Advisory Committee will provide information on the new North-South bike routes being implemented in Melrose, Complete Streets projects, nearby bike trails, and safe routes to school. Pick up a new bike light (free for students, $10 donation for others)!

  • How much do you know about the physical and mental health benefits to being out in nature?  Come visit the Friends of the Fells table to learn more and discover their many nature-based programs — from Babes in the Woods for new parents and little ones and Summer Youth program for ages 4-12, to the guided relaxation and healing way of ‘Shinrin-yoku’ or Forest Therapy, to exercising your body and mind on one of our nature or history themed hikes, to sweating off some calories with a day of volunteerism on a service project, and more— they have offerings to get every age and interest into the outdoors!

  • Fill up your re-usable water bottle at the MWRA Tap Truck at the Toward Zero Waste Melrose booth where the focus is on plastic pollution. Learn how bottled water is bad for you and the planet. 

  • Pick up free seeds from the Melrose Seed Library or learn about the community garden at Franklin Field, projects of the Melrose Community Garden.

  • Go for a hike after the fair on one of several trails maintained by the Melrose Conservation Commission.  Open Space and Trails Pocket Guides will be available to take home.

  • Get fresh with the Melrose Farmer’s Market popping up at Healthy Melrose!  Fresh produce, baked goods, cheese, fish and local artisans!

Moreover, Healthy and Sustainable Melrose will not only be talking the talk, but will also be walking the walk by making the fair a zero waste and zero carbon event. Bins for the proper disposal of bottles, paper, and other items will be located around the fair, and the electricity used during the event will be matched with clean and local wind power made possible by Green Energy Consumers Alliance

We will of course have our MRC Volunteers be on-site at the fair to assist attendees in sorting their waste in our effort to make this a zero-waste event.