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CLIMATE UPDATES for MAY
Time for Town Meeting!

Please Attend Your Town Meeting 

There are numerous important climate related initiatives appearing on town meeting warrants this spring. They need your support by attending and voting at Town Meetings! Various initiatives are outlined in more detail below, meeting dates are:
Oak Bluffs - May 15, West Tisbury - May 18, Edgartown - May 22, Chilmark - May 24, Aquinnah - June 19, Tisbury - June 22
Edgartown, Chilmark and Tisbury to vote on 
100 % Renewable Resolution
This important resolution sets an aspirational goal for the Island to move away from fossil fuels, transition to renewable energy and increase carbon capture. You can read more details on our website. West Tisbury and Aquinnah have both already enthusiastically adopted the resolution. Once the the other towns join in, the Island will have taken the important step of committing to unified goals to address the escalating climate crisis. Please attend your town meeting to help make this possible!  
Vote for Electric School Buses!
The MV Public Schools need your vote at all the Town Meetings to approve funding for the first steps in electrifying the school bus fleet. With the help of VW settlement grant money, MVYPS plans to purchase two electric school buses. We currently have 21 full-length school buses: 16 gas, 5 diesel. Electrifying school buses reduces emissions that are harmful to our kids and saves our School Districts money in fuel and maintenance costs! 
Edgartown and Oak Bluffs Vote Need Your Vote to Enable 
MA Green Community Status 
Both towns need to vote to adopt the MA Stretch Energy Code to enable their applications to the MA Green Community program. In addition, Oak Bluffs needs to vote on a As of Right zoning bylaw designating their landfill as a site for large scale solar installation.

With the inclusion of Edgartown and Oak Bluffs, the entire Island will be enrolled in the Green Community program. 

Come to a joint information session to ask questions and learn more about the Stretch Code, on May 11 at 4 pm.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88469092888
Meeting ID: 884 6909 2888
Phone: (646) 558-8656
Edgartown Needs Votes For Electrification Infrastructure 
Residents will vote on inductive bus chargers installed by the VTA and located at the Edgartown bus station on Church Street. Also included is a full renovation of the bus plaza area to make it more welcoming and provide more seating, more shelter, and better lighting. All costs are covered by grants, so it is free to the town.

Also being considered is funding for EV chargers at the Park and Ride. 

If you are an Edgartown voter, look for an email from Alan Strahler for more information about these projects.
Oak Bluffs Considers Three Articles on Plastic Pollution 
Three Oak Bluffs warrant articles in address single use plastic reduction. 
Article 43 tasks the town with forming a plastic reduction committee to comprehensively address plastic pollution.
Article 44 asks OB to adopt an island-wide resolution to end the use of polystyrene types of plastic (including styrofoam). 
Article 45 is the student-led bylaw that places a ban on the sale of plastic water and soda bottles of one liter or less. 
Please support all of these efforts
to reduce the plastic pollution crisis impacting our air, soil and water. 
Join the VTA to Celebrate the
Electric Drives the Future Initiative, May 14 at 12 pm
All are invited to the VTA's ribbon cutting ceremony as they celebrate their new solar canopy and energy storage system. This is a major achievement in their electrification process. View the invitation here!

State of The Coast: Martha's Vineyard and Gosnold

On Thursday May 27 at 6 pm, join The Trustees of Reservations and the public libraries in Chilmark, Vineyard Haven, West Tisbury, Aquinnah and Oak Bluffs, for a webinar previewing The Trustees second annual “State of the Coast” report. During the webinar, the State of the Coast team will look to gather local perspectives on the coastal challenges being faced by communities on Martha’s Vineyard and Gosnold, as well as potential/ongoing resilient adaptation methods. Share your insights, and ask questions!
Register here.
Climate Week is Looking for Collaborators!
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission’s Climate Action Task Force (CATF) Education Committee is excited to announce the first MV Climate Week! This celebration is planned for the first week of November to align with the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow. If you have an idea or would like to host a climate related event please reach out to durkee@mvcommission.org. Concepts can be wide ranging and any and all can participate.
Consider A Cape Light Compact Home Energy Assessment
Renters and income qualified residents on the Vineyard can save big.
A no cost Home Energy Assessment includes a comprehensive look at your energy use and recommends ways to help you save. Following the assessment, you can receive 100% off recommended insulation upgrades. That’s 25% over the standard offer! Information also available on incentives and rebates for appliance and HVAC system upgrades. Schedule your Home Energy Assessment at Cape Light Compact.org or by calling 1-800-797-6699.
 An Opportunity to Learn from Vinalhaven
Maine's Island Institute has produced a short video about how climate change is effecting the community of Vinalhaven. It offers food for thought for Vineyarders as far as future impacts and work that needs be done. 
Read Heather Cox Richardson's Take
on the Virtual Climate Summit
As always, Boston College history professor, Heather Cox Richardson offers a great perspective on current political events. It is worth reading her summary of President Biden's Leaders on Climate Summit.
Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf 
Congratulate yourself on attending your town meeting by taking a break to watch this beautiful film about renowned Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf. His designs might just inspire you to convert some of your lawn to swaths of wildflowers. 

Get access via programs@edgartownlibrary.org and watch the documentary at your leisure between May 17th and May 23rd. There is also a conversation with the filmmaker May 21 at 2:00. Contact Ann McDonough for access here.

This documentary is brought to you by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library in collaboration with the Chilmark, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven and West Tisbury libraries.

Thank You

As always we end with our thanks for your care and action on climate issues. Please share this newsletter with friends
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There is much to be done.

Climate change is the single biggest thing that humans have ever done on this planet. The one thing that needs to be bigger is our movement to stop it. – Bill McKibben
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