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Summer is here!

July Climate News for Martha's Vineyard

The early days of summer are being ushered in with a broad, extreme, and unprecedented heatwave and resulting wildfires--another important reminder to take climate action however we can, in as many ways as we can, and as soon as we can!   Read on for more of the latest news and ways you can get involved in local climate solutions.

Tisbury and Aquinnah round out town meeting season with more support for climate solutions

In June, Vineyard Haven and Aquinnah held the last of the island's annual town meetings. 

  • Tisbury became the fifth island town to pass the 100% renewable energy by 2040 resolution.  
  • All towns have now approved the purchase of the island's first two electric school buses
  • All towns voted to fund the creation of a new island-wide Emergency Manager position which will help with climate change preparedness. 
Thanks to all who helped move these important initiatives forward, and three cheers for town-level democracy in action!

MVC Decision on Turf and Next Steps

In a 10-6 vote last week, the Martha's Vineyard Commission voted to approve Phase I of the MVRHS sports complex proposal, including the installation of a 2.5-acre synthetic turf playing field over the island's sole source aquifer.  This decision was made despite opposition from local environmental organizations decrying the impact of plastics use on the climate, our waterways, public health, and more.  This process is not over yet, and will move next to the Town of Oak Bluffs.  Read this article from the MV Times about next steps.  You can submit letters with your concerns about this project to the Oak Bluffs Planning Board at planningboard@oakbluffsma.gov.  

Cape Light Compact Offers new Heat Pump Rebates

Just in time for the summer heat, Cape Light Compact now offers rebates to help make a suite of different kinds of energy-efficient heat pumps more affordable.  Their rebates cover geothermal, air-to-water, mini-split and central air source heat pumps.  Learn more about each of these types of heat pumps and the available rebates here.  And check out this article from the New York Times about how American cities are hoping to encourage the adoption of heat pumps as a key emissions reduction strategy.

Tune in for Storm Tide Pathways Presentation with the MVC's Climate Action Task Force

Please join the Martha's Vineyard Commission's Climate Action Task Force meeting on Friday July 16th at 9:30am on Zoom.  The Task Force will be hearing a presentation on the Storm Tide Pathways project, which aims to help predict how waters are likely to flow during storm events and from sea level rise on the Vineyard, and other ongoing coastal adaptation projects.  Community members welcome and encouraged to attend.

Share Your Climate Action Stories With Us!

ICAN is working on a partnership with WMVY radio to help share community stories about how people on the Vineyard are taking meaningful action on climate in their lives and work.  If you have a story to share from your own life about anything from getting an electric car to reducing energy use in your home to making climate-related changes in your business, please reach out to us at islandclimateactionnetwork@gmail.com.

Thank you for being a part of the movement on the Vineyard for meaningful climate action.  Let's keep doing all we can in our own lives, in our community, and beyond to make all the difference we can on this critical issue. 

And please share this newsletter with family and friends and encourage them to join the ICAN mailing list--the more of us we have working together for climate, the stronger we will be!
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