Meet Wayland’s Sustainability Manager!

Join MetroWest Climate Solutions on September 28 at 7 p.m. for a moderated roundtable discussion with three sustainability professionals from local towns:

Julie Gagen, Sustainability Coordinator, Weston
Jillian Wilson Martin, Director of Sustainability, Natick
Abigail Shute, Sustainability Manager, Wayland

Anna Katharina Wilkins, PhD, will moderate the panel. Wilkins, a chemical engineer, is a founding member of the Sustainable Weston Action Group (SWAG), a founding member of the 350MA Metrowest node, and chair of the Weston Sustainability Committee.

The session will be offered at First Parish Church in Weston, 349 Boston Post Rd, Weston or via Zoom. To register for the Zoom session, visit A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion.

In recent years, many local towns have created roles for sustainability specialists. These professionals lead and coordinate their town’s sustainability initiatives and help to raise awareness about environmental issues. They develop and implement sustainability plans, monitor progress, and report on results. The sustainability officer works closely with relevant town committees and community members to promote practices such as waste reduction, energy efficiency, and sustainable transportation. Creating sustainable policies can help towns save money by securing funding via local, state, or private sources.

MetroWest Climate Solutions’ mission is to inspire sustainable, resilient, and equitable communities and to host timely, relevant programs that encourage people and organizations to get involved in bringing about solutions. MCS ( is a local partnership of organizations and congregations including First Parish in Wayland, First Parish Church in Weston, First Parish in Lincoln, Sustainable Weston Action Group, and a growing list of communities and individuals.

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