Katie Kinne

Green electric vehicle test drive at Healthy Melrose

Katie Kinne

Get behind the wheel of the new Chevy Bolt or a Sonata Plug-In Hybrid at the May 13 Healthy and Sustainable Melrose event, taking place at the Melrose High School athletic fields from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Mirak Chevrolet and Hyundai will have an all-electric Bolt and a plug-in hybrid Sonata available to test drive as part of Mass Energy’s Drive Green program which offers discounts on the purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles at participating dealers all over Massachusetts. The Bolt is the latest addition in a growing market of electric vehicles and features a maximum range of 238 miles.

In addition to the Drive Green electric vehicle test-drives, the Melrose Energy Commission and their partner HomeWorks Energy will register homeowners for no-cost MassSave home energy assessments. Volunteers will also be on hand to talk to residents about going solar and adding their roof to the list of 300 homes and businesses with rooftop solar in Melrose. Be sure to check-out the recently released baseline greenhouse gas inventory for the city of Melrose and share your ideas on how we can reduce our emissions as a community.

Healthy Melrose always offers opportunities to learn more about healthy and sustainable living. Eight Sustainable Melrose organizations will be at the fair providing demonstrations, activities for kids, and plenty of give-aways:

• “Bring Your Own Bag” will be the focus at the Melrose Recycling Committee booth. Learn about their initiative to reduce the use of plastic bags in the city as well as tips on proper recycling and how to support efforts to increase recycling in our community.

• Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation will have a leading environmental scientist at their booth to engage visitors. Stop by to get a map of the Fells or to learn about their newly expanded program offerings for kids of all ages.

• Pick up free seeds from the Melrose Seed Library, a project of the Melrose Community Garden, or sign up for space in the new community garden at Franklin Field.

• Go for a hike after the fair on one of several trails maintained by the Melrose Conservation Commission. Open Space and Trails Pocket Guides will be available at their booth.

• Environmental justice is the topic of the day for the Universalist Unitarian Green Sanctuary Committee. Stop by their table to learn how to make a difference.

• Volunteers from Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market will get your home garden started with lettuce seedlings. Buy a carrot yard stake (or three!) to support the market.

• Check out the bike maps and learn about upcoming bike events from the folks at the Melrose Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee booth including Bike to the Sea on June 11.

Moreover, Healthy and Sustainable Melrose will not only be “talking the talk,” but will also be “walking the walk” by making the fair a “zero waste” and “zero carbon” event. Bins for the proper disposal of bottles, paper, and other items will be located around the fair, and the electricity used during the event will be matched with clean and local wind power made possible by Mass Energy Consumers Alliance

To sign up to test-drive an electric vehicle at Healthy Melrose, look for the Drive Green table near the entrance to the fair. More information on the Drive Green electric vehicle discounts, which are in addition to up to $10,000 in state and federal incentives offered right now, is available on MassEnergy’s Drive Green website www.massenergy.org/drivegreen.