Welcome to Cooler Communities Sherborn!
The Town of Sherborn participated in the Cooler Communities’ grant program for the second time in 2022.
The event was integrated into the popular local Arts and Crafts fair, whose organizers dedicated a sizable section of the fair’s venue to sustainability related exhibits.
Especially noteworthy was the success of four students from Dover-Sherborn High School: they petitioned the town’s residents to vote for a climate emergency resolution at town meeting, where it did indeed pass. Here is a video in which they share their insights and learnings from this effort.
Sherborn ran its first Cooler Communities program in 2021. It included three unique curriculum projects at Sherborn’s Pine Hill Elementary, and the Dover Sherborn Middle and High Schools with the goal of strengthening students’ leadership on climate-related issues, and sought to leverage the school community at large in taking a path toward lower emissions, clean energy, and sustainable land-use. To that end, a virtual “Cooler Sherborn” community fair was held over two days in May, 2021. At this event, visitors learned from neighbors, subject matter experts, and practitioners about actions we can all take to lower our carbon footprint. In addition, residents were encouraged to manage their yards to be more in harmony with nature. With the help of a customized web-tool (Sustainable Sherborn (massenergize.org)) visitors can still sign up for actions, individually or as a team, and keep a measure of their contribution in lowering Sherborn’s residential carbon emissions.
2022 will see a renewed and expanded Cooler Communities Program in Sherborn, building on this wonderful work done during the pandemic.
CoolerCommunities extends a HUGE THANK YOU to the Community Foundation of Western MA for their generous support.