Land Use, Natural Resources, and Biodiversity

Martha’s Vineyard is home to globally rare ecosystems and a wide array of biodiversity. The actions in this focus area strive to preserve and better manage the Island's natural resources. Actions also focus on improving zoning and land use management to ensure safety of our community.

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Take Action to Protect our Natural Resources and Biodiversity!


Choose native plants and trees; they are easier to care for, increase biodiversity, and absorb storm and rainwater.
Read The Island Blue Pages, A Guide to Protecting Martha’s Vineyard Waters
Reduce your lawn size to native plants.
Consider installing a denitrifying septic system to protect the health of our ponds.
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Infrastructure, Transportation, and Waste

Actions in this focus area aim to build more resilient ferry transportation and infrastructure and a reliable supply chain to ensure an adequate flow of goods, materials, and services. Actions also include building self-sufficiency and reducing waste.

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Take Action for Resilient Transportation, Infrastructure, and Waste Systems!


Drive less, and walk, bike, or take public transportation instead.
Reduce the size of hard surfaces like driveways and patios by using stones or shells that absorb storm and rainwater.
Reduce the amount of waste you produce. Buy less stuff; reuse, repair, and share items to reduce waste transport on and off-Island; and compost food scraps.
Shop locally instead of importing more items from off-Island.
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Public Health and Safety

The actions in this focus area strive to protect and improve the health and welfare of people in our community in the face of climate change threats. Actions also prepare our community to be able to respond and recover from extreme events.

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Take Action to Make Our Community Resilient to Climate Change!


Sign up for CodeRED online to receive emergency notifications.
Create an emergency kit to be prepared for extreme events.
Contact your town Climate and Energy Committee to start or join a Community Emergency Response Team.
Know the signs of heat stress and heat stroke and drink plenty of water when working or recreating outside.
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Economic Resilience

The actions in this focus area strive to increase the local economy's capacity to handle shocks that may occur due to extreme weather and build a workforce that can take advantage of new climate opportunities and fosters sustainability.

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Take Action for a Thriving and Resilient Economy!


Support local businesses where possible.
If you're a business owner, learn how climate change can impact your business and plan for these changes.
Complete an energy assessment at your business to identify ways to conserve energy and save money!
Get incentives to replace equipment and systems in your business with energy efficient ones.
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Food Security

The actions in this focus area strive to ensure that all people always have reliable access to - and a sufficient quantity of - affordable, nutritious food that meets their preferences and needs. Actions also focus on increasing locally-produced and regionally-sourced foods. 

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Take Action to Improve Our Food Security!


Grow food at home, sign up for a plot in a community garden, or make your garden bigger. Share or preserve your extra harvest.
Ask at fish markets, grocery stores and restaurants what’s available from local and regional farms and fishermen
Keep an emergency kit in your house with shelf-stable food for at least three days for all of those in your household
Volunteer or donate to support Island food security.
Volunteer to support the Island Grown Gleaning program
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Energy Transformation

The actions in this focus area highlight the process by which our energy supply will become more reliant on renewable electric sources (solar, wind, waterpower) and less on fossil fuels. Actions also focus on building resilience of our energy supply.

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Take Action to Transform Our Energy Systems!


Start your energy efficiency process with a FREE home energy assessment from Cape Light Compact!
Take advantage of energy efficiency offering for renters and landlords.
Get assessments, rebates, and incentives to make your business more energy efficient.
Support local clean energy with Cape Light Compact Local Green Option.
Is an electric vehicle right for you? See Vineyard Power's guide to EVs.
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