April 2021 Newsletter
– Read the latest updates from Sustainable Plymouth including details for the upcoming virtual film screening of Tidewater, the upcoming Electronic Waste Collection event, updates from various working groups, and news from the Town of Plymouth’s Climate, Energy, and Environmental Task Force.
Our Next Meeting
May 17, 2021 at 6:00pm. **Note that we’re meeting at 6:00pm instead of the usual 6:30pm. In lieu of our monthly meeting agenda, we
will have a virtual film screening and discussion. Read more below for details and a link to register and receive meeting details.
We are hoping to resume in person meetings starting in June. We are considering meeting outdoors during the summer at the picnic tables at Jenny Grist Mill. There is ample parking and it will be nice to see everyone in person (weather permitting).
Sustainable Plymouth Hosts a Virtual Film Screening and Discussion
The Film: Tidewater documents the struggles of sea level rise in a coastal community of 17 cities and municipalities in Virginia. As flooding worsens, the community looks to a multitude of possible solutions.
Discussion and Speakers: Dr. Sara Grady is the South Shore Regional Coordinator for the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Partnership and Watershed Ecologist at the North and South Rivers Watershed Association in Norwell, MA. Sara will discuss some projections of sea level rise in Plymouth and the potential impacts that it could have on our community. Patrick Flaherty, a member of the Plymouth Select Board, will also be joining us to update us on the progress of Plymouth’s Climate, Energy and Environmental Taskforce.
Cosponsored with Citizens Climate Lobby and American Resilience Project
WHEN: May 17, 2021 at 6:00pm
REGISTER (free): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tidewater-film-screening-sea-level-rise-discussion-tickets-149610562219
Sustainable Plymouth Takes Action
LETTERS OF SUPPORT
Sustainable Plymouth has issued a letter of support to the Open Space Committee for their Climate Addendum. We are drafting a letter of support for the Town’s saltwater intrusion study as well.
CLIMATE EMERGENCY RESOLUTION AND NETZERO DECARBONIZATION PLAN
We are in the early stages of discussing and developing a resolution to declare a climate emergency and ask the town to draft a NetZero decarbonization plan. More info to come.
IN THE COMMUNITY
SPRING ELECTRONICS WASTE COLLECTION DAY
Saturday April 24th will be a Spring Electronics Waste Collection Day for the Plymouth area. It has been quite some time since we have had an Ewaste collection day so we expect this to be quite popular. Unlike the traditional Hazardous Waste Day there will be specific fees associated with the disposal of electronic items but the prices are quite low. Both events help to ensure that items are disposed of properly and not in the woods or along roadways littering the community. More details here at the South Coast Recycling Cooperative: https://ssrcoop.info/event/electronics-recycling-collection/?instance_id=106
If anyone is interested in volunteering for the EWaste collection event – including the whole event, a few hours, one hour, whatever time you can offer – please reach out to Kerin McCall, Town of Plymouth Waste/Recycling: (508) 747-1620 ext. 201
Town of Plymouth Climate, Energy & Environmental Task Force
This initiative invites feedback, transparency and collaboration across Plymouth town departments and committees with citizen groups and individuals on all items relating to climate, energy and the environment. The task force itself does not currently have ‘members’ or meetings but is rather a process to organize and inventory past and current projects to allow streamlined communication between the Town and public. The Plymouth CEE public document will be continuously updated as new information is submitted by both the Town and public.
Phases & Approach
Phase I – Inventory Plymouth Town Items
Timeline: March 1, 2021 through April 13, 2021
A request was made to all town departments to submit their initiatives and projects that are completed, in progress, or planned. These items were added to the Plymouth CEE Task Force public document: Climate, Energy & Environmental Task Force Spreadsheet.
Phase II – Public Groups & Individuals Submit Their Priority Items
Timeline: April 14, 2021 through May 7, 2021
In this phase, groups and individuals can review the public CEE Task Force document and view the current, past and future CEE related projects. If there is an item that is not listed, additional items can be submitted through this form: Plymouth CEE Task Force – Public Submission Form.
All the submitted items will then be compiled and added to the public CEE document.
Phase III – Prioritizing Item Review Through Public Feedback
Timeline: May 10, 2021 through May 28, 2021
Once all public submissions have been received, a public polling will prioritize the top items to be reviewed by the town and set as an agenda item for the Select Board.
For each item, the Town will then review and provide feedback on:
- The current priority of the item (if and when it is planned to become an active project).
- Any obstacles, including funding and/or staff resources, that are preventing the item from moving forward.
- What the next steps would be to make the item an active project (grant application, Town Meeting article, re-prioritizing other initiatives, etc.)
During this agenda item at the Select Board meeting, any group or individual can speak to the items on the docket for that evening.
Phase IV – Select Board Response to Each Item
Timeline: After the Phase III Select Board Meeting
For each priority item that was on the agenda in Phase III, the Select Board will review the status of each
Read more on the Town’s website here.
Plymouth Hometown Cleanup May 8th
Thank you to the Network of Open Space Friends for sharing the town-wide cleanup flyer with us!