Posts Tagged ‘Grow Smart’

Locally Grown Dinner Series: End of Season Thanks

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Last night friends and supporters of Sustainable Nantucket gathered at American Seasons to give thanks and celebrate an evening of beautiful food at the final Locally Grown Dinner of the 2011 Series.

Chef Michael LaScola artfully paired treats such as Nantucket bay scallops from Nantucket Fresh Catch and native pork belly from Faraway Farms with seasonal vegetables from our growers, while Orla LaScola and her team provided exceptional (more…)

SN Seeks Volunteers for Farm to School Gleaners

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Photo via Flicker by Vladislav Sabanov

SN Seeks Leaders and Members for Farm to School Gleaners
As part of the Farm to School Initiative that Sustainable Nantucket is developing in partnership with the Nantucket Public Schools, SN is now seeking members from the community to participate as Sustainable Nantucket Gleaners. (more…)

SN Staff Tours Boston Area Farms

Monday, December 6th, 2010

On Tuesday, November 23 Sustainable Nantucket staff ventured off-island and headed North for tours of White Barn Farm in Wrentham, MA and Allandale Farm in Brookline, MA. The purpose was to observe first-hand some of the practices and programs implemented by these working farms, and to take that knowledge back to Nantucket for use in our Community Agriculture and Farm to School Programs. (more…)

Sense of Place Film Series Schedule

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Our Sense of Place Documentary Film Series is co-sponsored by the Nantucket Athenuem. The series runs September through May, and films are shown once a month in the Great Hall of the Nantucket Atheneum. The film series focuses on issues of sustainability, environment, economy, agriculture and more. We are proud to be able to present Nantucketers with some of the finest award-winning documentaries that address issues that reflect Sustainable Nantucket’s mission.

Light refreshments and a Q&A or discussion period featuring local experts typically follow each film. The film series has become a wonderful community-building activity for our off-season population and visitors alike.

2010/2011 Film Schedule:

Films start at 7PM, admission is free, and all are welcome. Light refreshments are served.

October 22 – No Impact Man : Colin Beavan decides to completely eliminate his personal impact on the environment for the next year.

November 19 – Dirt! The Movie : DIRT! The Movie–directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow–takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility–from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.

December 10 – Fuel : Eleven years in the making, FUEL is the in-depth personal journey of filmmaker and eco-evangelist Josh Tickell, who takes us on a hip, fast-paced road trip into America’s dependence on foreign oil.

January 14 – Tapped : Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig’s debut feature is a unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.

February 11 – The End Of The Line : The world’s first major documentary about the devestating effect of overfishing premiered at Sundance Film Festival.

March 18 – Gasland : The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination.

April 29 – Fresh : FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

SN Focus is on Agriculture

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

From the November 4 issue of the Inquirer & Mirror:

Since Sustainable Nantucket’s formation in 2000, the organization, its staff and Board have continually reassessed SN’s role in the community, always with a mind to adapting its focus and leveraging its resources to provide the greatest impact and the most beneficial results for Nantucket and its residents.

With the launch our Community Agriculture Program and Farm to School in the summer of 2010, Sustainable Nantucket has completed a gradual transition — a natural progression in the evolution of the organization toward a more targeted approach to sustainability– that began with the incubation of our Farmers and Artisans Market in 2007. (more…)

Sustainable Preservation Guidelines

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

In 2009, in order to assist residential homeowners and commercial business owners in their quest to green their buildings with wind and solar installations, Sustainable Nantucket, in partnership with Clean Air‐Cool Planet and funded by the 11th Hour Project, collaborated with the Nantucket Historic District Commission to facilitate the drafting of a set of “green building” guidelines, entitled Sustainable Preservation Guidelines which are an addendum to their longstanding publication “Building With Nantucket in Mind”. These guidelines delineate the HDC’s approach to renewable energy and energy efficiency inside and outside of the Old Historic District, in new and existing buildings. The Sustainable Preservation Guidelines were formally adopted in October of 2009 and are among the first of their kind in the nation.

The Guidelines address the HDC’s approach to energy efficiency & renewable energy as they relate to: windows and storms; solar-thermal and solar-photovoltaics (PV), wind energy, alternative materials, green roofs, rain-barrels, and strategies related to energy-efficiency.

An example of language from the Guidelines regarding Solar and Photovoltaic Installations:

Under Existing Buildings and New Construction:

  • Photovoltaic and solar thermal installations need to be designed carefully and positioned to be in scale with the structure’s roofline, while maintaining a balance, scale, proportion, and rhythm with other features of that elevation.
  • Systems should be on the same plane as the roof with the color of the panels in keeping with the surrounding roofing materials.

Recommended Materials:

Applications should include materials adequate to describe the proposed equipment, the structure, and the surrounding area. These may often include:

  • A sample of the product and supporting documentation if available.
  • Photographs of the installation site and surrounding area.
  • A scaled drawing of the proposed system including all supplementary equipment.

The full copy of the approved Guidelines are available at the HDC Office and by clicking here.

Background on the Guidelines

The creation of these guidelines was facilitated during the Summer of 2009 by Sustainable Nantucket (SN) in order to get a jump on one of the major goals of the Climate Protection Action Plan for Nantucket.

The guidelines were drafted with the input and review of representatives of the HDC via an ad hoc “Historic/Green” work group. The group consisted of representatives from the Historic District Commission and staff; several Sustainable Nantucket representatives including SN’s Historic/Green Fellow, Ginny Way; Nantucket Energy Study Committee representative, Mike Burns; and several members of the building community. The meetings of the Historic/Green Work Group were open to the public.

After the drafting process was completed, the guidelines went through a public comment and review by the Commission for a period of almost 6 weeks prior to adoption.

Funding provided in part by our generous partners:

Clean Air, Cool Planet

11th Hour Project

Town of Nantucket and Think Local First! to Form Local Procurement Committee

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

In response to the unanimous approval by Nantucket voters at the last Town Meeting, Think Local First! along with the Board of Selectmen and the Nantucket Planning and Economic Development Commission have agreed to form a Local Procurement Committee. Members to date include (more…)

Background

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Background

The First Step – Nantucket Joins the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign

In 2008 Sustainable Nantucket formally requested that the Town of Nantucket join the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) Cities for Climate Protection Campaign. This request was unanimously granted by the Board of Selectmen. Nantucket joined over twenty-seven participating communities in Massachusetts alone, including, among others: Amherst, Barnstable, Boston, Falmouth, Gloucester, Hull, Kingston, Newburyport, Newton, Northampton, Salem, Somerville, Springfield, Williamstown and Worcester.

What is the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI’s) Cities for Climate Protection Campaign (CCP)?

The International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI’s) Cities for Climate Protection Campaign (CCP) is a performance-oriented campaign that offers a framework for local governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve livability within their municipalities. It is designed to educate and empower local governments worldwide to take action on climate change.

  • What are the Milestones of the ICLEI Cities for Climate Protection Campaign?
  • Milestone One: Conduct a baseline greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the entire community and municipal operations.
  • Milestone Two: Set an emissions reduction target.
  • Milestone Three: Develop and adopt a local action plan or a collection of initiatives to reach the target reductions. These initiatives will include finding efficiency and technological improvements available to the municipality.
  • Milestone Four: Implement actions. This milestone involves municipal government to formally adopt individual emission reduction initiatives. Further, various municipal departments may be called upon to coordinate and implement the adopted initiatives.
  • Milestone Five: Monitor emission reductions. Perform follow-up inventories.

What is a Climate Action Plan?

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

What is a Climate Action Plan?

Clean Air, Healthy Environment

It is a collection of initiatives to reach the target reductions. These initiatives will address both primary and secondary sources of carbon emissions, and include finding efficiency and technological improvements available to the municipality. Areas addressed will include buildings, (Historic District Commission guidelines; incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy sources) lighting, town fleet, public transportation, community policies (e.g., idling policy), life cycle cost analysis for purchases, composting program, gray water /lo-flow toilet program, bio-degradable plastic trash bags; biker/pedestrian friendly community; public education campaign for the environment; school curriculum…

Why create a Climate Protection Action Plan?

There are many benefits economic and environmental benefits to creating a Climate Protection Action Plan including

Cleaner air and water.

Cost Reduction Through:

  • increased energy efficiency
  • development of renewable energy
  • reduced dependency on fossil fuels

Reduced traffic congestion & pollution, benefiting tourist economy and downtown revitalization.

Economic benefits of becoming an eco-tourism destination.

Increased availability of locally-grown & produced food & specialty products.

Potential for economic benefits through agri-tourism.

Nantucket has a strong motivation for joining this Campaign and making a definitive commitment to reducing fossil-fuel use and carbon emissions. Unlike many of these other towns and cities, our unique geographical situation makes us particularly vulnerable to the potential effects of climate change – advanced erosion should sea-levels rise as predicted, and devastating storm damage if the wind and water currents are altered. Yet it also gives us access to significant renewable energy resources (wind-power and tidal-power) and makes energy independence a real possibility for us in the not-too-distant future. Completion of the Climate Protection Action Plan will fulfill criteria set by the Massachusetts Green Communities Act, thereby significantly increasing the Town of Nantucket’s eligibility to receive state funding toward renewable energy development on Nantucket.

Climate Initiative

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

The goal of our Climate Initiative is to reduce our community’s overall carbon emissions. Reduction of Nantucket’s carbon emissions will provide multiple economic benefits by creating cost reductions through:

  • Increased energy efficiency
  • Development of renewable energy and reduced dependency on fossil fuels
  • Reduced traffic congestion & pollution benefiting tourist economy and downtown revitalization
  • Increased availability of locally-grown & produced food & specialty products, benefiting local food
    producers and distributors
  • Potential for economic benefits through eco-tourism and agri-tourism