Our Next Meeting
September 21, 2020 ~ 6:30-7:30
Food Sustainability (Native/Edible Plants)
Sustainable Plymouth is working to help promote and implement community gardens, civic agriculture, native edible plants, plant identification and micro-orchards in Plymouth to support native plant species, benefit pollinators and other wildlife, educate the public as to what is edible around them and to provide a local source of free food.
The working group recently had a site visit where we took notes of the soil conditions and plants growing in the Manomet Recreation area (adjacent to Indian Brook Elementary School and Indian Brook Conservation Area). We flagged plants for identification; Patrick Farah and Rich Vacca went out and created a GPS map of the plants growing.
We are all in agreement that a certified Botanist should positively identify the plants prior to creating interpretive signage.
We have received pricing from a certified Botanist to review at our next working group meeting.
Melanie reached out to the Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe. The HPW tribe has been working toward a similar plant identification (traditional knowledge) project.
MM shared the signage template that SEMPBA shared w/ SP. The Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribal Council was receptive to working with us. We will be meeting on October 9th to discuss collaboration.
Community Choice Power Renewable Option
Patrick Farah has shared with us that through the Community Choice Power Program, Plymouth Residents can opt-in to the optional 100% green (renewable) energy program through the contracted electric supplier (Dynegy) via National Wind Renewable Energy Credits (RECS). This program will be offered in October 2020.
For more information visit: http://www.colonialpowergroup.com/plymouth/
Renewable Energy / Energy Conservation
The National Solar tour is taking place virtually from September 28th to October 4th, 2020.
Sustainable Plymouth has shared about this tour via email, Facebook, Instagram and our website and is working with Linda Lancaster, Judeth VanHamm and others to promote the tour via the newspaper.
Please help spread the word to your circle of influence via email, social media and word of mouth.
More information can be found here: https://www.nationalsolartour.org/rsvp2020/
Status – Volunteers needed to spread the word for a successful turnout. (Deadline to host an open house 9/15)
Visit the National Solar Tour https://www.nationalsolartour.org/
Sign up for 100% Renewable Energy here: http://www.colonialpowergroup.com/plymouth/
A Special Thank You
A special thank you to Patrick Flaherty for designing our website at SustainablePlymouth.org at no cost to us and for generously paying the Google App fees so that we may have email addresses. Thank you Patrick!
Patrick Farah has generously donated $200 to our group to help advance the efforts underway. Thank you Patrick!