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: www.massenergy.org/renewable-energy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Come to the fair, visit with ALL our Sustainable Melrose vendors!
Visit the Electric car station, learn more about owning an electric car, it is much easier than you think!
Towards Zero Waste will be showing us the impact of bottled water in our environment. In showing their part they will have the MWRA water fountain truck available for everyone to fill up with reusable water bottles!
A reusable water bottle is always the better option. Americans use about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year.