SSC Year in Review: Highlights of 2018


  • Speaker, Isaac Baker Founder & Co-President of Resonant Energy, will share an educational presentation about some ways folks can invest in solar energy
  • Movie, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power – UU, January 12th 7:00 PM, UU

Film screening and energy discussion to follow with information to sign up for solar energy

  • Meeting with Moose Hill Director, Karen Stein, Cheryl Schnitzer (SSC) and Bri McAlevey (NSGP) to discuss collaborations



  • Conference, Local Environmental Action 2018, Sat. 3/3 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Northeastern University
  • Speaker, Paul Lauenstein: “Political change vs. climate change”


  • Speakers, Cindy Wu (Sharon CARES) and Brian Strier (Four Daughters): sustainability concerns associated with growing marijuana
  • News released that Sharon will become a MassDEP SMART trash town



  • Speakers, presentation about Town Meeting Article 19: Participate in Municipal Aggregation of Electricity for Residential and Commercial Use (Bri McAlevey and Silas Fyler)


  • Zero Waste, live classical music house party-concert (Kat’s house)
  • Vote in ’18-19 SSC Board        

President: Cheryl Schnitzer
Vice President: Simone Tamkin
Treasurer: Ruby Gu
Secretary/Clerk: Kathy Farrell

Stuart Brown

Cherry Chun
Paul Lauenstein
John Marcus

Bri McAlevey

Kathi Mirza
Kat Nasti

Emily Smith-Lee

Ricky Stern

  • Confirm committee chairs

Arts and Culture (Chair: Kat Nasti)

Communications (Co-chairs: Ellen Bordman and Simone Tamkin)

Democracy (VOTE; Chair: Paul Lauenstein)

Education (Chair: Vacant)

Energy (Chair: Bri McAlevey)

Food (Chair: Vacant)

Green Day (Chair: Vacant): Saturday May 4th 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Sharon High School

Communities, Interfaith and Multicultural (VOTE; Co-chairs: Asma Abdullah and Stuart Brown)

Membership and Fundraising (Chair: Kat Nasti)

Strategic Planning (Chair: Sandra Widland)

The 5 Rs (Chair: Cherry Chun)

Transportation (Chair: Heather Zelevinsky)

Water (Chair: Paul Lauenstein)

Youth (Chair: Vacant)


  • “Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot”Avalon Sharon Apartments (August, Cheryl, Asma)
  • Square Jam table
  • #Remember Tomorrow – A  Photography Project (Facebook, Instagram, Kat)
  • New town hall sustainability discussion


  • Guest speaker Barry Cioe, founder of TeamUp Mansfield and presenter of the bylaw to prohibit retail establishments in Mansfield from providing disposable plastic bags to customers. Instead, they will have to use recyclable paper bags or reusable checkout bags.


  • Guest speaker Kathi Mirza, MassDEP, discussion/demonstration about composting – how, what and why?
  • Plastic Free October (Cherry, 5Rs)
    • Posts/Giveaways on Facebook
    • A Plastic Ocean movie
    • Straws movie
    • Reduce/recycle/compost program Library (Kathi)
  • Meet and greet, Library, Saturday morning (October, Cherry, Kat, and Cheryl)
  • Plastic-free display in library, children’s section (Cherry, Debbie)
  • Kids Art, Library (October, Debbie )
  • Trunk or Treat (October, Cherry, Cheryl)
  • Plastic bag reduction ad hoc SSC committee (Debbie)


  • Residential Curbside Composting begins (November, Kat and Cheryl)
  • Guest speakers Ken Wertz and Chris Blessen (from Tappe Architects), New high school sustainability construction
  • SSC Strategic planning (Sandra)


  • Imagine Sharon presentation and discussion
  • Learn about Grow Grant funding