GHS Ecology and Environmental Science Students PRESENTED AN INFORMATIVE THREE PART PROGRAM ON “Areas Vulnerable to Storm Surges and Sea Level Rise IN Gloucester. Presented by Rachel M. Rex, M. Ed, Gloucester High School Science Department, Gloucester MA.
The climate change that is already affecting our lives and communities is mostly caused by the burning of fossil fuels, which releases carbon dioxide gas into the atmosphere, resulting in global warming, and all its related effects. The amount of carbon dioxide that each community adds to the air is known as its “carbon footprint”.
The mission of TownGreen2025 is to create a carbon footprint for Gloucester and Cape Ann that is as low as possible. We believe Cape Ann can become a model of how one can achieve clean energy and a sustainable community in a decade. This is something we owe our children and our planet.
Our developing ten-year plan is multifaceted, and includes efforts to improve efficiencies in energy use, increase the number of PV solar systems on homes and businesses, develop collective solar farms, and explore additional clean energy options such as offshore wind farms and tidal energy systems. We will support carbon sequestration (the absorption of carbon dioxide by trees) through our partner, Reforest The Tropics, which uses a unique and powerful replanting of tropical forests in Costa Rica. And lastly we will address the need for continuing education in multiple areas of sustainability by developing a K-12 climate change education program, which can be integrated into the existing curricula of the local schools.
These efforts have potential benefits for Gloucester, such as reducing and stabilizing energy costs, increasing local clean energy related jobs, and creating an attractive business and innovation climate. And Gloucester residents can continue to be proud of their contribution to mitigating global climate change for future generations.
TownGreen2025 is a program of the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation (GMF), an independent non-profit, affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Church. The Co-Chairs of the TownGreen2025 steering committee are Dick Prouty, representing the GMF, and Candace Wheeler, the Chairman of the Gloucester Clean Energy Commission, a TownGreen2025 partner.
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Multiple presentations and discussions by experts about how to combine high sustainability standards like LEED with historically-informed building conservation practices and simple Yankee thrift for civic buildings and homes. Hosted in partnership with Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation, an initiative to minimize Gloucester’s carbon footprint in a decade.
We are having a Clean Energy and Sustainability Fair "Get Your Green On" for the families and residents of Cape Ann. The fair will take place on April 29, 2017 at the O’Maley Innovation Middle School in Gloucester, MA. Learn more!
TownGreen2025, following our mission to help reduce the carbon footprint of Cape Ann, is excited to support this group-purchasing electric vehicle program, the first to be held here in the Northeast. Electric vehicles can go farther on a full charge than the average car drives in a day, and now the price is right with Mass Energy’s Drive Green program.
Dick Prouty, Lanesville resident, will give a talk on renewable alternatives, including neighborhood solar "farms", and how they could be structured as a cooperative.
The goal of the Solar Challenge is to encourage Cape Anners to switch from electricity generated by oil & gas to clean green electricity generated with their own solar panels. To learn more call 1-800-903-6130
Is a solar installation now essentially free to most of us in Cape Ann? Yes, it is, and that may seem too good to be true. But in this case it is a fact! Massachusetts has announced a new loan program to help moderate-income homeowners install solar panels, so that all may benefit from solar and support our state and national need to move to clean energy. This program is called the Mass Solar Loan.