Category Archives: Environmental

Solar Movie – 3/27 & 4/2

From Helen Dewey –

Movie Night
2 free screenings of Catching the Sun
March 27th
Medfield High School
April 2nd
Medfield Library
468 Main Street
Solar energy is an important part of Medfield’s Climate Action Plan.
Learn how the transition to solar power is taking shape in many diverse communities.
“A must-see film. An eye-opening look at workers and entrepreneurs on the forefront of the
clean energy movement that will transform, and enliven the way you see the future. What
is clear is the wonderful opportunity the transition to clean energy represents.”
Mark Ruffalo
Co-sponsored by the Medfield Energy
Committee and Medfield School Committee

MEA – Climate Week

From MEA –

February 15, 2023

Hello Medfield Friends, 

Medfield Environment Action (MEA) is organizing Medfield’s first ever ‘Climate Week’ from Saturday, April 29 through Sunday, May 7. Many neighboring towns have held similar ‘Climate Weeks’ with great results, and community stakeholders are coming together to plan this in our town! There are several other events happening alongside Medfield Climate Week, including Bellforge’s Fairy Walk, Daffodil Days, and Medfield Town Meeting.

‘Medfield Climate Week’ will consist of multiple independent events throughout the week, all showcasing climate awareness with local actions and initiatives.  Any community groups, business owners, individual residents, town departments, churches, clubs, schools, or classrooms may become ‘Event Captains’ hosting their own public event. MEA will support you by coordinating and publishing the week’s schedule and will help to advertise your events to a local audience, in Medfield and surrounding towns. Plans are already in the works for a clothing swap, electric car show and several solar panel open houses. 

MEA is actively seeking ‘Event Captains’ to lead the following:  bike to school day and heat pump info sharing. Possible ‘Event’ ideas for you/your group could be: eco lawn equipment demonstration, composting demonstration, native and/or low water use garden tour, meatless meal specials at restaurants, climate book readings, climate themed art (painting, recycled materials sculptures, cartoons) nature walks/scavenger hunts, outdoor clean-up events, show off your chickens, compost pile or beehives or anything else you might like to offer. 

Thanks for considering. The goal is to have fun, spread awareness, educate, and network with neighbors. Let us know if you want to become an event captain, or if you would like to help other event captains who are hosting. As an ‘Event Captain’ you choose the event to be offered, and set the times and dates for your event, when it is convenient for you. Times can be an hour or two on several afternoons, a one-time half day event on a weekend, or a morning get together over coffee. Whatever works for you. Climate awareness and action is the one required unifying theme. Be creative!

Please fill out this form by March 12th with your proposed event idea and contact information. No need to have all final details available. We would love to get your ideas as soon as possible and we can work with you to build it out. We look forward to hearing from you and reach out to us at if you have any questions.


Medfield’s Climate Week Team

Kirsten D’Abate                                 Helen Dewey

Jeanette Ruyle                                  Julia Gecha

Melissa Cantarow

See this free really good, inspiring movie tomorrow -1PM

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Reminder– “2040” showing is tomorrow afternoon,
Sunday at 1pm

The second of two viewings of the movie “2040”

Free.  Sponsored by Medfield Environment Action.  Bring a friend!

Jan. 31 Tuesday 7pm at United Church of Christ 496 Main Street
Feb. 5 Sunday 1pm at the Medfield Public Library

Register to get reminder and updates

This documentary is inspiring.  It is entertaining to watch and offers new hope for the climate crisis conversation!  If you have been suffering from climate-related anxiety or despair, this movie is for you. 
Please help to spread the word to neighbors and friends.

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Great movie!!! Repeats Sunday at 1PM

I saw this movie last night at its penultimate Medfield showing at the UCC, with about forty other Medfield people, and I highly recommend it to you. Such a hopeful message about what our carbon future can be, by solving climate change with things that already exist. The movie plays again on Sunday at 1PM at the library – do not miss your last chance to see it in Medfield.

Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund’s 2021 grantees’ report

Legacy Fund Grantees Report

Grantees of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund’s latest 2021 round of grants reported to the Medfield Foundation board and the Legacy Fund founders at a meeting this past Monday evening at the Public Safety Building.

  • Peak House Heritage Society showed a remarkably informative video produced by Medfield TV of the PHHS’s archeological dig that the PHHS’s grant funded in the basement of the Peak House. Rob Gregg reported that the most mysterious findings were three 1912 license plates, mysterious because the last residents in the Peak House left in 1910. The rest of the archeological findings are in the process of being analyzed and cataloged.
  • Friends of the Medfield High School Theatre Society reported on the new cyclorama purchased with its grant which was installed at the back of the stage in the MHS auditorium, allowing for better performances. “The replacement of the MHS auditorium cyclorama allows students to engineer complex lighting scenarios; offers those performing a more complex atmosphere in which to tell their stories; and enhances the visual quality of shows for Community members who attend performances.”
  • Medfield Outreach used its grant to commission a survey of town needs, data designed to focus Outreach’s strategic plan. Outreach Director Kathy MacDonald reported on the survey and its results. “In the winter of 2022, Medfield Outreach began work to complete a community needs survey and create a five-year strategic plan for the department. What you see on these tabs is the result of that almost six month long undertaking.”
  • Sustainable Medfield used its grant to further publicize and share its mission promoting sustainability with town residents – “1. Provide residents a one-stop resource of Medfield-specific ACTIONS to improve our environment and reduce our carbon footprint. and 2. Connect community groups to network and collaborate on sustainability.”

About the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund
The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund Is a professionally-managed endowment created to support community-driven projects. Volunteer-run and designed to complement the initiatives of Medfield organizations, the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund raises funds from the community and makes grants to established non-profit organizations through a competitive process. For more information or to contribute to the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund, please visit

TOMCAP published today

The Town of Medfield Climate Action Plan (TOMCAP) was published today after a year and a half of work by the Medfield Energy Committee TOMCAP working group.

Posted on: September 23, 2022

Town of Medfield Climate Action Plan (TOMCAP)

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In 2021, the residents of Medfield voted to support a Net Zero 2050 climate goal and charged the Town with writing a climate action plan.

The Energy Committee is proud to presenting the draft of the Town of Medfield Climate Action Plan (TOMCAP) for public comments.

The strategies and actions identified in the TOMCAP mirror the sustainability goals set in plans that Medfield has developed in the last few years such as the Townwide Masterplan, the Municipal Vulnerability Plan and the Rapid Recovery Plan.

Please use this form to comment on the TOMCAP 2022 draft. Thank you!

Bellforge presents 100 Thousand Poets for Change – 12-3PM on 8/6

From Stacey David, Director of Marketing & Communications, Bellforge Arts Center –

(Medfield, MA): The Bellforge Arts Center announces “Change to Heal, Heal to Change” on Aug. 6, from noon to 3:00 pm, an afternoon of storytelling and poetry on the ways change affects us: personal change, social change, climate change, change for growth, living in change, awakening through change. This spoken word event is one of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change (100TPC) worldwide events promoting peace, sustainability, and justice and calling for social, political, and environmental change. Award-winning slam poets, storytellers, and spoken word artists will share their commitment to environmental and social justice issues, including:
Jackson Gillman, a talented mime, actor, songsmith and storyteller, and the recipient of the Oracle Award at the National Storytelling Network. He has featured at the National Storytelling Festival multiple times, and has been Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center.
Thea Iberall has been called “a shimmering bridge between heart and mind.” An inductee into the International Educators Hall of Fame, she writes stories and poetry that springboard from the personal into emotional truths around climate change, racism, and discrimination. Thea is a member of Northeast Storytellers and is on the leadership team of the Jewish Climate Action Network.
Jamele “Harlem 125” Adams is a celebrated and high-energy slam poet whose TEDx Talk on “Race. Love. Freedom.” electrified audiences. He believes that with “love – inclusion – trust” no one will be left out, and our ability to come together amongst different beliefs is limitless.
Betsy Johnson, local poet and storyteller, will share poems on journey, transformation, lessons we teach our children, Alzheimer’s, and grounding.
Teddy Lytle is a performance artist and poet who co-founded Spectrum Theatre Ensemble, a neurodiverse theatre company. He has produced a number of solo shows focused on destigmatizing mental health and addiction and exploring how people and communities can change for the better.
Deana Tavares will share poems about moving through adversity towards healing oneself and the world, weaving in the topic of hope. She is a creatively fluid exhibiting visual artist, published poet, singer/songwriter, and actor. She is an Arts Connect International 2021 Ripple Grant recipient. 
Change to Heal, Heal to Change is one of many free concerts, festivals, and events organized by Bellforge for the summer. Attendees are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy this outdoor event. People are encouraged to register as well, for event updates, at For more information about the Bellforge Arts Center, including a schedule  of upcoming programs and events, please visit
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About 100 Thousand Poets for Change: 100 Thousand Poets for Change (100 TPC) has organized over 5,000 poetry, art and music gatherings for the cause of Peace, Justice, and Sustainability across the globe in the last 10 years. Poets have come together year after year to lead and promote poetry readings, without any preconditions or censorship, where participants speak out for causes nearest their hearts. In the process, oppressions, exploitative practices, biases, and abuses of many kinds have been highlighted—whether based on gender, race, class, or religious affiliation, color, territory, language and cultural tradition, or any form of differentiation whatsoever. For more information, visit
About the Bellforge Arts Center: The Bellforge Arts Center is a new multi-arts complex being built on the grounds of the former Medfield State Hospital to support artists, expand cultural opportunities, and nurture the creative community. Bellforge currently offers outdoor concerts, festivals, and community events, along with over 200 miles of nature trails and outdoor recreation space. Once fully renovated, the center will also offer visual and performing arts studios, arts education, a 300-seat performance venue, and more.

Medfield Decarbonizers 7/20 at 7:30 pm

From Fred Davis –

Hi MEC members and friends —

Now is the time for more and more Medfielders to be decarbonizing, so I hope you will attend and please invite three neighbors:

Medfield Decarbonizers

Webinar via Zoom
Wed, July 20th at 7:30 pm

A (new) panel of non-expert Medfield residents will be sharing about their decisions and experiences going EV, PV, HP.
Their non-expert perspectives provide our best resource for influencing others.
Your engagement will be helpful!

This is the time for more and more Medfielders to be decarbonizing.

Attached is the flyer, and seriously, please explicitly invite at least three of your neighbors.

Helen Dewey is doing a great job pulling this together, please support!


— Fred


TOMCAP workshop 5/19 at 7PM

From the Medfield Energy Committee –

7:00 – 8:30 PM
Inaugural public
presentation of the
draft Town of
Medfield Climate
Action Plan (TOMCAP)
We want to hear from
YOU! Ask questions
and give feedback on
the draft plan
All are welcome!
Hosted By MAPC and
the Town of Medfield
Register here: Dale Street School
45 Adams St., Medfield, MA

Color Medfield net zero 2050

From Sustainable Medfield and TOMCAP –

Send us your colored version of this Medfield scene!  We will be drawing two submissions to receive prizes of either a $50 or a $25 gift certificate.   

*No age restrictions, winner to be chosen at random, some additional rules apply, please see instructions on the coloring sheet.

Thank you to MEMO, the Medfield Employers & Merchants Organization, for the sponsorship of the insert in the Hometown Weekly on April 28th.  

If you missed it in the Hometown Weekly or need another one, you can download a Coloring Sheet and see the instructions for how to submit your coloring here.

Submissions must be received by May 15th.