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Climate Updates for June!

We are now ALL Green Communities!

Both Edgartown and Oak Bluffs passed the Stretch Code- a more energy efficient version of the regular building code- allowing them to now become Green Communities.  Oak Bluffs also passed an article allowing for "as of right" solar at their landfill- also needed for GC designation. 

and Oak Bluffs joins the Plastic-free MV bottle ban...

and also passed a Vineyard Conservation Society-sponsored resolution asking for the elimination of polystyrene use of food related containers and packaging materials AND agreed to form a committee to look comprehensively at single use plastic reduction in the town. Hurray!

More Electric Buses Coming!

Edgartown voters approved an article that allows for the renovation of the Church St. bus terminal and induction charging of the VTA electric buses at that site.  This gives the buses a needed boost at intermediary times as they travel along their daily bus routes.  
Four of six towns have approved funds for 2 electric school buses.  Tisbury and Aquinnah will vote on this in June. Many thanks to the MVRHS leadership and transportation committee for supporting this important step. Both of these initiatives move us towards an all-electric island bus fleet.
We CHARGE ahead!
West Tisbury just installed a new pair of EV chargers in the Library parking area, Edgartown voted funds to pay for chargers at the Triangle.  These sites add to others in Aquinnah,Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven and West Tisbury. Hopefully this will support more of us and our visitors in driving electric vehicles.  Go here to learn about getting an EV.  There are more and more to choose from!

The 100% Renewable Resolution by 2040- passed by 4 towns!

Tisbury will vote on it at their town meeting on June 12th, Oak Bluffs at their next annual town meeting.  It is said that this is the most critical decade for addressing climate change.  This resolution is in alignment with the new State Climate Law and goals being set by the Federal government.  With island support growing for this resolution, we need to now meet the challenge before us all.  Go here for things you can do.

Vineyard Wind 1 Triumphs!

After a 3 1/2 year review process, the first major offshore wind project has the go-ahead to begin.  The turbines will provide enough electricity to power 400,000 homes in Massachusetts-- more power than all the current solar arrays in the Commonwealth combined.  This is a significant step in our working to slow climate change.  

MVC Climate Action Task Force Continues Important Work

Energy modeling work has been done to determine a possible path to 100% Renewable by 2040, meetings with Eversource have begun in the hopes of collaborating on increasing and fortifying our electric infrastructure in anticipation of an all-electric future and, a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant application has been submitted to develop an island-wide climate adaptation plan. Learn more about this group's work.  Attend a presentation via Zoom to Select Boards on some of this work:  Chilmark June 1, Aquinnah June 8, West Tisbury June 9.
Do You Have a Smart Thermostat or Battery Storage at Home?
Our electricity demand peaks on hot, summer days as our cooling needs increase. The Compact's ConnectedSolutions demand response program provides an opportunity to earn money by making adjustments to energy use: turning down your AC, or discharging your battery’s stored energy when demand is high. Learn about enrolling your smart thermostat connected to central AC units here or your battery storage system here.

Bill Proposed to Reduce Aircraft Climate Emissions

State Senator Julian Cyr has recently introduced a bill in the MA Legislature to limit the climate impact of private, corporate, and rental aircraft landing at the state’s airports. Airports would be required to charge a $1000 landing fee, half of which would go to the state’s transportation infrastructure climate adaptation fund, the rest of which airports would keep for their own use.  Cyr sees this bill as a conversation starter.  See MV Times article and send comments to Senator Cyr.
World Ocean Celebration
Please come by Oak Bluffs Open Market Sunday June 6th (across from Our Market), June 6th, 12:00-2:00 pm, to hear great music, and learn about Protect30X30:  an initiative to protect 30% of the planet's land and water by 2030.  And sign this petition.
Love It. Protect It. MV.
Come to Featherstone, June 7-27 for a Vineyard Conservation Society & Featherstone- sponsored show in celebration of nature, open spaces, and our sense of place as an island.  Work by island artists, community members and high school and middle school students. Click here for events associated with this show.
Painting of Allen Farm by Marjorie Mason
As always we end with our thanks for your care and action on climate issues. Please share this newsletter with friends and encourage others to join our mailing list.
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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