WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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150 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 when asked of her childhood experience, Sasha Rabin Wallinger recounts her interactions with the trees. "I knew the names of all the trees, from birch to apple. I remember how peaceful it was to walk amongst the trees, even though it was the suburbs. I loved watch- ing the change of the seasons … and the local production of maple syrup." Born and raised in Wellesley, it was not until her adult years that Sasha learned how renowned the town's leaf-filled streets actually were. In fact, 2013 marked Wellesley's 30th Tree City USA Award from the Arbor Day Foundation. Receiving more awards than any community in the nation, Wellesley's tree management program preserves some 10,000 trees. Fifteen years later, Sasha continues to admire the different shades of green. No longer on her hometown street, but on fashion runways while visiting Paris. As an entrepreneur, artist, author, and catalyst for social change, Sasha works to create future-facing programs that connect the people and processes behind sustainable design and innovation with Haute Verte Couture. Through her global consulting firm, Sasha uses the triple bottom line (People + Planet + Profits) to enhance products with a focus in the outdoor apparel and fashion industries. Sasha is not the only Wellesley or Weston graduate now working in the green economy, in fact there are many. And their expertise and experiences are diverse, from green building and sustainable transportation to wildlife biology and food justice. Those interviewed for this article did have one thing in common: a deep reverence for the natural world, first found as children in their hometowns. Sasha Rabin Wallinger commerce retailing entrepreneurship keeping track startups investments capital Exploring Pathways to Green Careers J E N N A R I N G E L H E I M writer business

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