Sustainable Melrose was formed in 2013 when several civic organizations saw an opportunity to share their special areas of knowledge, skills and interests. By working together under the Sustainable Melrose umbrella, member organizations are striving to raise awareness and support for our shared community responsibilities in environmental stewardship, social well-being, and economic prosperity over the long term.
The groups that make up Sustainable Melrose include:
- Community Garden
Melrose Community Garden is a group of Melrose residents working to build a sense of community among local, school, and public gardens. The club is open to all gardening enthusiasts who want to learn more about gardening in Melrose and help promote community gardening. The Community Garden started the Seed Bank, which is located in the old card catalog at the Melrose Public Library.
- Conservation Commission
Responsibly manages Melrose’s conservation lands and implements the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, the Massachusetts Rivers Protection Act and the city of Melrose’s Wetlands Protection ordinance.
- Energy Commission
The Melrose Energy Commission is 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.
- Ell Pond Improvement Council –
The Ell Pond Improvement Committee advocates for the ecological restoration of Ell Pond and its surrounding parklands. Over the last 15 years, EPIC has leveraged over $250,000 in private and public funds to accomplish landscape restoration, shoreline greenways, removal of impervious surfaces, and water quality monitoring.
- Friends of the Fells
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.
- Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee
The Melrose 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.
- Zero Waste Melrose
Zero Waste Melrose (formerly The Melrose Recycling Committee) is group of resident volunteers whose goals are to reduce waste, increase recycling, and educate the public. The committee achieves its goals by serving as a resource and advocate to help residents, institutions and visitors reduce their environmental impact, save money and keep Melrose beautiful. The committee works directly with city officials to improve the solid waste and recycling programs in cost-effective and easy to implement ways.
- Melrose Native
Advocates for sound land stewardship, the planting of gardens with an emphasis on native plants, and the identification and removal of invasive 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 Unitarian Universalist Church Green Sanctuary Program
The Melrose Unitarian Universalist Green Sanctuary Committee is working to certify their church and congregation as an officially recognized “Green Sanctuary” of the Unitarian Universalist Association. The congregation has embarked on an exploration of what it means to live today within a religious community on an environmentally imperiled Earth. It is a way for their religious community to both symbolically and explicitly become stewards of the Earth.
- Melrose Farmers’ Market
Melrose Farmers’ Market is one of the longest running farmers’ markets in Massachusetts and the only real farmers’ market in Melrose. From June to 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.