Climate Action Plan

Our Purpose

The Vineyard Way is our guide to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, managing the impacts of climate change, and creating a healthier and more resilient community for everyone. 

As an Island community, we face a unique combination of climate-related challenges. These include sea level rise, stronger storms with higher storm surges, and higher temperatures that will affect our health and safety, natural resources, transportation, infrastructure, and our largely seasonal, visitor-based economy. By proactively preparing for these impacts, we will be more prepared and better able withstand their effects. 

Learn how climate change will impact the Island

The Vineyard Way: Goals, Objectives, and Actions

The plan focuses on six interrelated themes for regional coordination and action, in addition to three overarching goals.

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Developing the Plan

A Climate Action Steering Committee informed the planning process and guided decision making in six Thematic Area Working Groups and their Liaisons. Our Steering Committee was made up of Town representatives, Tribal members, students, local organizations, and private businesses. The Martha's Vineyard Commission coordinated the planning process, working closely with the Town of Gosnold during its climate action planning process.

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Engaging Our Community

Our plan was built from the ground up. Throughout our planning process we engaged businesses, policymakers, and residents to help shape the plan and get our community involved in climate action. Student-led climate cafes, a tribal event, monthly educational presentations, a community survey, the Climate Action Week celebration and many more activities all helped build the movement for a sustainable Island future.

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How You Can Help

The Vineyard Way is a community-based initiative, and your voice is important. Get involved!

All events and community engagement activities are posted and on the Island Climate Action Network website.
Make a tax deductible donation to the Climate Action Fund for climate adaption action in our community.
Martha's Vineyard Commission (MVC) is Dukes County regional planning agency.
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The Plan's Foundation

This planning process built off the previous work completed by each Vineyard town and Gosnold. Beginning in 2018, each town engaged in MVP Community Resilience Building workshops to identify key vulnerabilities. Most towns have created energy/climate committees. All towns are engaged in the MA Green Communities Program, which assists towns in reducing their carbon footprints. All towns, the Tribe, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, and many local organizations have received funding to address climate change resiliency.

Quote from tribal member of the steering committee.

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Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the land and water addressed in this climate action plan is the traditional land and water of the Wampanoag people. We acknowledge the Wampanoag people’s reverent stewardship of the natural world, of which we are all a part. 

With deep respect for the Wampanoag community, we strive in this plan to nurture the natural environment that sustains us all.