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Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 4 at 7pm at Town Hall for a discussion on the 3Rs in the Belmont Public Schools. Representatives from the Alliance will be on hand to talk about what is and isn't being done! Join us.

Co-sponsored by BHS PTSO: Greening Initiatives in the Belmont Public Schools and Lessons from a Neighboring Community: A Free Panel Discussion

Date:  Wednesday, October 4 at

Time : 7 PM

LocationTown Hall, Selectmen's Room

Join members of the Belmont PTA/PTO/PTSO Green Alliance as we share best practices and areas for expansion in recycling and sustainability within the Belmont Public Schools at the next Sustainable Belmont meeting. Learn about what we are currently doing, some new initiatives underway, and what our neighbor, Arlington, is doing in its schools. After the panel presentations, there will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Join us in this conversation and ongoing work and share your ideas on ways to make our schools more sustainable.



Back to School for Parents from the Belmont PTA/PTO Green Alliance

As your kids are getting ready to go back to school, the Belmont PTA/PTO Green Alliance needs YOUR HELP in reducing waste in our school cafeterias. The goal of Belmont PTA/PTO Green Alliance is to promote sustainable practices in Belmont Public Schools. We are currently advocating for some of the following: replacing Styrofoam trays with compostable trays (yes, BPS's use approximately 310,000 Styrofoam lunch trays per school year); facilitating organic waste pick up by a commercial composting company; looking at ways to get uneaten/unopened foods to the food insecure in our community; and expanding cafeteria and school-wide recycling.

So that's what WE DO.... Here's what YOU CAN DO...

  1. Please pack lunches in reusable containers instead of Ziplock bags, foils or plastic wrappings.
  2. Please NO disposable, single-use water bottles. Not only will you be doing a huge favor to the environment, but to your wallets too! Check out our new PTSO insulating stainless steel bottles here.
  3. Talk to your kids about cafeteria recycling. Here's WHAT CAN be recycled milk cartons and juice boxes, plastic bottles, and container #1-7, aluminum, tin cans and clean foil and glass bottles and jars. Just a reminder, foam trays, straws and plastic cutlery can't be recycled ever... the less we use the better! And at BPS we fill our trash cans with plastic baggies--literally hundreds--think about a reusable bag or box for things like grapes, chips and pretzels.
  4. Encourage kids to bring back lunch leftovers-- whole fruits or any packaged food item that could be eaten.
  5. Involve your children in preparing and packing lunches.

If you have any questions, please write to us: Amanda Mujica, Belmont Green Alliance chair at amanda@amandamujicadesign.com or Priya Narasimhan, Member of the Wellington Green Team and the Belmont Green Alliance at lpriyas@hotmail.com