During last night's Selectmen's meeting, a number of students from the presented their vision for a greener Brookline in the form of an opt-in program to eliminate unused phone books. With the help of their teacher Ted Wells, five students from Brookline presented letters to the Board of Selectmen.
According to a survey of 118 Brookline residents performed by the students, 97% of respondants say they use their phone book "rarely" to "never," meaning between zero and 12 times per year. Of that same group, 53% said they also recycle the phonebook.
"You have lowered the age of the people hanging out in the sixth floor of Town Hall considerably" Selectman Jesse Mermell joked. "I chair the Selectmen's Climate Action Committee, which deals with all of the different green and environmental issues in town. Any of the selectman have the authority to file a warrant article or bill for Town Meeting. What I'd like to suggest, because I think you've raised some excellent questions... is that the four of us [the Board] refer this issue to the Selectmen's Climate Action Committee, so that we can try and answer some of those questions, figure out and draft together a piece of legislation, and think about filing it together for the fall town meeting."
The Selectmen voted unanimously to put this before the Climate Action Committee, who will help the students compose and file a warrant article for the Fall Town Meeting.
"I need your help, though, I can't do this by myself." Mermell added, to the students.
[Correction: The "Mermell" in the referenced in the first quote is Selectman Jesse Mermell. Corrected the attribution.]