About the Green Community of Wayland, MA
Wayland is a peaceful community with a population of nearly 13,500 residents, located in the MetroWest area of Massachusetts, situated at the halfway point between Boston and Worcester (about seventeen miles from downtown Boston). While Wayland is located in an area that provides easily accessible shopping, sightseeing, dining and entertainment, the town itself remains a quiet bedroom community in a semi-rural setting with little industrial or commercial base.
Wayland is a designated Green Community, with a range of other green initiatives that include:
- promoting residential solar installations under the Solarize program,
- undertaking substantial energy efficiency measures in town and school buildings,
- solar canopies on schools and town buildings generating municipal electricity,
- upgrading streetlights to use more energy efficient equipment,
- and resident driven “Transition Wayland” initiative that supports community efforts to address climate change and resiliency.
The Town takes great pride in its preservation of the forests, marshes and fields that surround the Sudbury River. These natural resources provide residents an opportunity to enjoy these areas for passive recreation.
Wayland residents enjoy a full-array of local services including: police and fire protection; award-winning schools (three elementary, one middle, and a senior high school); a full-service library; a public lake-side beach; and a number of recreational facilities and programs, and nature trails. The Town operates its own water supply, purification, and distribution system and provides a solid waste transfer station and recycling facility for residents on a fee-for-service basis. Residents vote through Town Meeting. For more information, visit www.wayland.ma.us.