Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Climate Solutions: Plastics and recycling — we can do better!

We are drowning in plastics, and the oil industry is doing its best to keep it that way. Plastics, which are made from oil, support production even when the demand for heating oil is...

VTA unveils solar canopies

  Updated May 17 The Vineyard Transportation Authority held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday for a series of solar canopies it erected at its facility at the Airport Business Park.  The event was also a celebration of the...

Exploring the Vineyard’s future

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In mid-April, Island Innovation hosted the first Island Finance Forum, a virtual event where members of island communities across the world could exchange solutions for sustainable economic recovery in the post-pandemic world. The event...

Climate Solutions: Food waste

Food waste is 8 percent of greenhouse gas emissions … more than the carbon footprint of the airline industry. According to Project Drawdown, one-third of the food produced in farms and factories never makes it...

Going out on a limb

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Martha’s Vineyard Airport is distributing 2,500 tree seedlings to Island schools, to be given out to children. According to airport director Geoff Freeman, the airport is working on a number of green initiatives, and the...

Lone star ticks emerge early this year

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With the unexpectedly premature arrival of lone star ticks on Martha’s Vineyard, boards of health are considering what the future of mitigation and prevention of vector-borne illnesses might look like. Richard Johnson, Island entomologist and...

Deadwood sparks concern over forest fires

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Dukes County commissioners are concerned about drier weather and large amounts of deadwood increasing the potential for forest fires on Martha’s Vineyard.  For the past several years, dry plant detritus has been identified as a...

Climate Solutions: Taking care of ourselves and our species

In our state, wind and solar are our greatest resources. What does solar do for us? Even though Massachusetts is not the sunniest, we are getting 7 percent of our power from the sun. We...

Keeping the Island clean, one beach at a time

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People on Martha’s Vineyard are more conscious about the impact of human activity on the natural environment than ever before. With the economy of the Vineyard’s coastal community relying so heavily on the health of...

Climate Solutions: Going solar when you can’t do it at home

Part of the vision of a 100 percent renewable energy Island includes large, community solar arrays around the Island. What is community solar? Most important, it is a way that you can get your electricity...

The Times welcomes Bluedot Living

The Martha’s Vineyard Times Company will launch Bluedot Living, a sustainable lifestyle magazine, in late May.  Bluedot, published in a partnership with Bluedot, LLC, an organization founded by Victoria Riskin of West Tisbury, will be...

Climate Solutions: Resilient at home

Imagine having enough energy storage at your house or in your neighborhood to be able to have some power and water during prolonged power outages.  Solar and batteries make that possible. Solar info Solar panels can...

Climate Solutions: Batteries make us resilient

Imagine a Vineyard where we are generating our power from renewable sources, and have enough energy storage to sustain critical loads during prolonged power outages. Batteries play a big role in that vision, and they...

Climate Solutions: Becoming resilient

Prolonged power failures are a serious concern as climate change progresses and more extreme weather events occur. When the electric grid is down, having systems that give us a continued source of power, without...

Ocean acidification endangers local aquaculture

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The rise in ocean acidification is disproportionately affecting marine economies and ecosystems in Massachusetts — particularly those of mollusks, which have a higher mortality rate based on the acidity of the water. In order to...

Climate Solutions: Converting our Steamship fleet

Ferry fuel makes up 11 percent of our Island's transportation energy use; 1,290,723 gallons of diesel fuel were used in 2018. We need to transition to a cleaner way to travel. Scandinavia and Washington...

South Mountain: Green technologies becoming ‘commonplace’

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The overarching focus of South Mountain Co.’s work for the past 30 years has been on bolstering environmental sustainability on-Island, while making sure their building projects are positive and uplifting experiences for all participants. South...

Climate Solutions: Make way for EV trucks – they’re coming and they’re cool!

2021 will see the beginning of electric pickup trucks being introduced into the market. Governor Baker has mandated that by 2035, all "light-duty vehicles" sold in Massachusetts will need to be zero emissions.  This means...

Stormtide study will map Island inundation pathways

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The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) is working with the Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) and the town of Oak Bluffs to identify stormtide pathways on-Island caused by sea level rise and storm surge. The project...

MVC provides climate resilience update

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The Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) climate resilience committee (CRC) provided an update to the community about its current initiatives during a Zoom presentation hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. The meeting was led by...
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