The Vineyard Way: Goals, Objectives, and Actions

The plan focuses on six interrelated themes for regional coordination and action, in addition to three overarching goals.

Action Description

Timeline

Status

1.1

All existing, relevant mapping is collected and synthesized.

2023

1.2

Required new mapping is identified, created, and added to the overall synthesis.

2023-2024

1.3

Review maps to identify areas of priority concern related to extreme flooding, wildfire, and contributors to climate resilience.

2024

1.4

With other working groups, develop a collaborative long-term vision and land use decision-making framework that builds environmental and socioeconomic resilience.

2025

Action Description

Timeline

Status

2.1

Complete pilot Sengekontacket Pond Salt Marsh Migration Study.

2022

2.2

Design an education program about the connection between the health of marsh ecosystems, climate resilience, and public safety.

2024

2.3

Commission a comprehensive shoreline management plan for future public beach and coastal management.

2025

2.4

Assess health and migration potential of Island salt marshes and ID priority salt marshes for restoration.

2025

2.5

Develop an Island-wide DCPC to enable salt marsh migration.

2025

2.6

Develop a demonstration project to evaluate the potential value of biochar in sequestering carbon and benefiting soil restoration, biodiversity, wildfire management, and water quality.

2026

2.7

Update Town Wetlands Bylaws and regulations for coastal and inland wetlands and flood zones.

2026

2.8

Investigate the concept of an Island-wide DCPC to regulate and minimize new coastal armoring.

2026

2.9

Restore priority salt marshes.

2030

Action Description

Timeline

Status

3.1

Develop an MVC DRI Policy for flood risk areas and update other relevant DRI Policies.

2023 for Flood Risk Policy, 2025 for updates

3.2

Collaboratively update town floodplain bylaws for consistemcy, based on climate science, that address relocation of damaged or at-risk coastal structures.

2024

3.3

Create an Island-wide map of potential sites where habitat and infrastructure might migrate due to flooding and sea level rise.

2024

3.4

With other working groups, develop a collaborative long-term vision and land use decision-making framework that builds environmental and socioeconomic resilience.

2025

3.5

Implement Dukes County Community Wildfire Protection Plan and work with PH&S TWG to develop shared messaging about biodiversity and public safety.

2025

3.6

Implement a pilot program to undevelop vulnerable areas to allow for ecosystem protection and migration.

2028

3.7

Design an outreach program to help the community become more aware of and comfortable with the idea of undevelopment.

2028

3.8

Develop a decision-making process for towns to turn undeveloped land into stormwater retention sites/ public open space.

2030

Action Description

Timeline

Status

1.1

A map of current ecosystems and current and potential habitat corridors is complete for public and private lands and water.

2024

1.2

Convene small summit of conservation professionals to review map and identify actions, partnerships, and priorities.

2025

1.3

With other working groups, develop a collaborative long term vision and land use decision-making framework that builds environmental and socioeconomic resilience.

2025

1.4

Create a public version of the map to be shared broadly.

2025

1.5

Execute conservation summit every 2-3 yrs to update map as projects move forward.

Ongoing

Action Description

Timeline

Status

2.1

Collect information on native species and provide plant information on website for landscaping.

2024

2.2

Make native seed bank available to sell to established nurseries or landscapers to offer more natives.

2025

2.3

Bring together towns/park commissioners to develop guidelines for native plant species on public lands.

2024

2.4

Each town adopts guidelines for native species on public lands.

2025

2.5

Share guidelines for all public and private green spaces, including lawns, that promote 30% cultivated / 70% native plants.

2025

2.6

Promote landscape architect designers who specialize in native landscapers.

2025

2.7

Conduct classes with landscapers/landscape architects on how natural lanscape design.

2026

Action Description

Timeline

Status

3.1

Define "disturbance" and use a graphic design to demonstrate scenarios that incorporate ecological landscape design.

2024

3.2

Bring together town planning boards to develop a set of regulations that include minimum disturbance percentage.

2024

3.3

Each town adopts regulations for minimum disturbance percentage.

2025

Action Description

Timeline

Status

1.1

Create an interdisciplinary team to conduct a biannual review of current monitoring results and how they inform decision making.

2023

1.2

Create a water monitoring network to coordinate water sampling and testing and to share data and findings.

2023

1.3

For each coastal pond, identify what data has been collected and what data is missing/necessary to readjust nutrient limits.

2024

1.4

Fund the collection of necessary data to achieve Action 1.2.

2024

1.5

Implement mitigation strategies that have been proven to be effective based on existing studies and future research.

2024

Action Description

Timeline

Status

2.1

Monitor the aquifer and factors that could impact its sustainability (trends, population, changing weather patterns).

2023

2.2

Identify threats (e.g. land use, consumption) to aquifer and establish water use thresholds based on future climate conditions.

2025

2.3

Conduct a study to inform land use decision-making and regulations to protect the aquifer and avoid drawdown.

2026

Action Description

Timeline

Status

1.1

Develop a regional protocol for town by town assessments.

2023

1.2

Establish Island-wide community values in the face of climate change to guide town by town assessments.

2023

1.3

Complete town by town assessments of infrastructure assests and vulnerabilities.

2024

1.4

With other working groups, develop a collaborative long-term vision and land use decision-making framework that builds environmental and socioeconomic resilience.

2025

Action Description

Timeline

Status

2.1

Develop near-term no regret measures for roads and infrastructure.

2025

2.2

Assess carrying capacity of inland transportation routes and potential for new connectors.

2026

2.3

Design complete streets system with an emphasis on walking, biking, ride shares, and public transit.

2026

2.4

Reimagine vulnerable roads, plan for, and fund, sustainable longer term solutions.

2026

Action Description

Timeline

Status

3.1

Develop a pilot near-term green infrastructure project to help inform protocol.

2024

3.2

Develop a protocol to assesses climate impacts on roads and infrastructure and propose measures to minimize the impacts.

2025

3.3

Identify key locations and funding sources for purchase of land to provide stormwater management and flood control.

2026

Action Description

Timeline

Status

4.1

An MVC laision attends monthly SSA board meetings learn of and update MVC on SSA climate-related matters.

2022

4.2

Support identification of grant opportunities to build port infrastructure resilience and develop collaborative proposals.

Ongoing

4.3

Complete a study to determine how to maintain viability of the Oak Bluffs port.

TBD

4.4

A climate-focused liaison attends the Long Range Planning and Transportation Group meetings to share climate related updates.

2022

4.5

Communicate existing efforts to build SSA resilience with the broader public through CAP/ICAN communications.

Ongoing

Action Description

Timeline

Status

1.1

Establish three supply chain working groups: 1) Material and Energy, 2) People and Services, 3) Communication and Information.

2023

1.2

Complete climate change and supply chain studies to guide emergency response and Island-wide planning.

2024

1.3

Develop resilience plans to promote local production and minimize importing of materials.

2025

1.4

Implement projects that address priorities.

Ongoing beyond 2025

Action Description

Timeline

Status

1.1

Upgrade the pilot project drum composting system at Island Grown Initiative.

2024

1.2

Add one to three additional drum composting facilities to handle maximum amount of food waste.

2030

Action Description

Timeline

Status

2.1

Identify best practices for demolition and construction waste and create a network to connect stakeholders and markets.

2025

2.2

Run pilot programs assessing the viability of redirecting demolition and construction waste for on-Island use.

2026

Action Description

Timeline

Status

3.1

Identify existing examples and establish a network to expand the amount of waste diverted from off-Island disposal.

2024

3.2

Perform an extensive waste characterization study and document past and present disposal methods, costs, etc.

2024

Action Description

Timeline

Status

1.1

Reach out to Aquinnah CERT and public health organizations to identify vulnerable populations and create database.

2023

1.2

Towns identify residents, homeowners, and road associations, using Aquinnah as a test case.

2023

1.3

Coordinate databases.

2023

1.4

Remaining five towns accomplish Actions 1.1. and 1.2.

2024

Action Description

Timeline

Status

2.1

Define roles and responsibilities and host agency of position.

2023

2.2

Identify funding and hire position.

2025

Action Description

Timeline

Status

3.1

Determine what emergency plans exist in each town (make public) and coordinate to determine necessary modifications.

2025

3.2

Develop and implement regional emergency preparedness, response, and recovery plan.

2029

Action Description

Timeline

Status

4.1

Identify prospective sites, staff needs, populations served, purpose, and supplies/logistics, MOUs up to date.

2024

4.2

Enhance volunteer training program.

2024

Action Description

Timeline

Status

5.1

Identify trainers, seek and train volunteers, determine age requirements for volunteers.

2022

Action Description

Timeline

Status

6.1

DCR/MVC/Fire Chief coordination.

2027

Action Description

Timeline

Status

1.1

Propose sub-committee to Dukes County Health Council.

2022

1.2

Recruit members to maintain a functioning group.

2022

1.3

Survey health care members and organizations to understand knowledge and gaps in health impacts of climate change.

2023

Action Description

Timeline

Status

2.1

Create tracking spreadsheet of educational material and where it is disseminated.

2022

2.2

Create a bilingual one page document and video with an overview that connects health impacts, climate change, and environmental health.

2022

2.3

Gather existing or create new materials.

2022

2.4

Disseminate materials through Dukes County Health Council, community partner networks, and outreach events.

2024

Action Description

Timeline

Status

3.1

Work with town health agents to agree on topics covered and target audience/approach.

Ongoing

3.2

Implement quarterly outreach events through coordination with experts and key audiences.

Ongoing

3.3

Propose for Rural Scholar to conduct a study on the impacts of climate change on human health on Martha's Vineyard.

2023

Action Description

Timeline

Status

1.1

An economic sub-committee of the Climate Action Task Force is established.

2023

1.2

Create a set of climate impact scenarios to be widely distributed and discussed among business/industry, government, and public.

2023

1.3

Evaluate business vulnerabilities and options for addressing new economic conditions.

2025

1.4

With other working groups, develop a collaborative long-term vision and land use decision-making framework that builds environmental and socioeconomic resilience.

2025

1.5

Conduct an edcuation campaign to build understanding and commitment to likely climate impacts and necessary adaptation.

2026

1.6

Develop an Island-wide vision for a sustainable and resilient future economy.

2030

Action Description

Timeline

Status

2.1

Develop a checklist of action covenants for businesses to take to addressing sustainability and mitigation measures.

2022

2.2

Create incentives to implement change and acknowledge businesses that join the campaign.

2025

2.3

Use checklist to measure and monitor business progress in implementing sustainability and mitigation measures.

Ongoing

Action Description

Timeline

Status

3.1

Identify needed jobs, skills and careers that will help MV address climate resilience.

2022

3.2

Engage employers, assess hiring needs and capacity to hire new staff and/or transition to new types of employees.

2023

3.3

Offer programs (with an emphasis on vulnerable populations) that lead to high-climate-priority job credentials.

2023

3.4

Increase capacity at MV Regional High School for in-school Career and Technical training, as well as high-level science programming.

2027

Action Description

Timeline

Status

4.1

Use results from Action 1.3 to begin discussions with vulnerable businesses.

2025

Action Description

Timeline

Status

5.1

Develop a set of metrics to help businesses understand/assess how urgent their vulnerability status is (physical vs extreme event).

TBD

5.2

Develop a set of best practices for businesses to take to prepare for climate impacts (e.g. access to capital).

TBD

5.3

Using assessment develop and provide outreach and technical capacity to vulnerable businesses to make changes.

TBD

5.4

Create incentives to implement change and acknowledge businesses that do.

TBD

5.5

Develop a communication plan for emergency preparedness.

TBD

5.6

Use checklist to measure and monitor business progress in changing operations and relocating.

TBD

Action Description

Timeline

Status

1.1

Determine a baseline of food we produce locally and how much of imported food is from Northeastern US producers.

2023

1.2

Develop new relationships with regional growers and distributors.

2024

1.3

Create a centralized hub for New England-grown food to be shipped, stored, and distributed to the Island.

2030

Action Description

Timeline

Status

2.1

Create an Island-wide standard for climate-friendly farming practices.

2024

2.2

Establish a fund within MV Agricultural Society granting program to support farmers’ transition to these determined practices.

2025

Action Description

Timeline

Status

3.1

Create a formal network of community gardens.

2023

3.2

Formalize support for home growers.

2024

3.3

Establish a training program for aspiring hunters, to reduce the deer/tick populations and increase protein availability.

2027

3.4

Secure and establish perennial food production areas in public spaces in every town.

2028

Action Description

Timeline

Status

4.1

Develop a business plan to analyze potential of building an on-Island shellfish processing facility.

2023

4.2

Conduct an Island-wide analysis to identify shellfish/seaweed site suitability, allowable areas per town, and permitting preparations.

2026

4.3

Build partnerships between technical organizations and local growers to share information on innovative practices.

Ongoing

Action Description

Timeline

Status

5.1

Establish a labeling and marketing campaign for local seafood in Island markets and restaurants.

2023

5.2

Increase institutional purchasing of local seafood in schools and the MV Hospital.

2025

Action Description

Timeline

Status

6.1

Work with towns to ensure waterfront space is prioritized, adapted, and preserved to support commercial fishing.

Ongoing

6.2

Develop fishing clubs and/or mentorships to increase interest of the next generation of fishers.

2025

6.3

Increase collaboration of fishers and scientists to improve understanding of projected changes to future fisheries.

2026

6.4

Maintain or expand permits for current species through buyouts and loan program partnerships.

Ongoing

6.5

Develop clear communication channels between fishers and regulators to identify and adapt to changing climate conditions.

Ongoing

Action Description

Timeline

Status

1.1

Determine an accurate count of year-round population.

2023

1.2

Assess the number of food centers needed, logistics, and the types of food needed to stock the centers.

2023

1.3

Identify suitable locations, distribution methods and routes, and design distribution centers to ensure accessibility.

2025

1.4

Build or retrofit existing structures to become distribution centers.

2028

Action Description

Timeline

Status

2.1

Coordinate food equity providers with Emergency Managers, Tribe, and grocers to establish protocols during emergency events.

2023

2.2

Simulate an emergency event to ensure communication is resilient and accessible (multi-lingual, visual, and oral).

2023

2.3

Establish a shared database for tracking inventory flow and guiding assessment and communication.

2024

2.4

Educate the community about the importance of having emergency food supplies and create donation programs for kits.

2025

Action Description

Timeline

Status

3.1

Communicate with WT market managers about getting the equipment and developing a process for use of SNAP/HIP.

2023

3.2

Work with health care providers to roll out Fresh Connect and maximize enrollment.

2023

3.3

Develop messaging and advertise the advantages of enrolling in SNAP/HIP & Fresh Connect.

2023

Action Description

Timeline

Status

4.1

Coordinate and learn from off-Island examples (e.g., NLC) about how it was done in other locations.

2024

4.2

Build kinship bonds and allies - ceremony, circle time - build real relations/trust.

2026

4.3

Identify best approach and plan for how to partner with land trust organizations.

2026

4.4

Create a mechanism to provide safe passage (e.g., permit/ID).

2028

4.5

Outreach to local police force to ensure an understanding of Indiginous rights.

2029

Action Description

Timeline

Status

5.1

Develop a business plan for sustainability of the program to be used for a grant proposal.

2024

5.2

Identify staff to coordinate activities.

2025

5.3

Coordinate with other tribal programs and farm producers to understand varieties that are climate resilient.

2026

5.4

Identify land (tribal, individual, or existing farms) that can be used for cultivation.

2027

5.5

Train individuals on traditional knowledge.

2028

5.6

Build up a seed bank of traditional seed varieties.

2029

Action Description

Timeline

Status

1.1

Support Cape Light Compact as needed in establishing a Home Energy Assessment baseline and implementation goal.

Every 3 years

1.2

Evaluate and identify gaps in Home Energy Assessments, so customers receive Home Energy Reports and path to electrification.

Annually

1.3

All Island towns have adopted proposed net zero building code.

2025

Action Description

Timeline

Status

2.1

Launch an Energy Education Campaign on building energy use, including energy coaches to provide information to residents and businesses.

2023

2.2

30% of all Island homes will have adopted heat pump technologies for heating and domestic hot water.

2027

2.3

55 low-income residences have been converted to 100% electric heat pumps and 15 to heat pump hot water heaters, including weatherization measures and insulation improvements.

2024

2.4

Increase the number of ASHP installers on the Mass Save heat pump Installer Network from four to eight.

2023

2.5

All new construction and major renovations (50% or more of gross area being renovated) in all six towns are required to be 100% electric.

2025

Action Description

Timeline

Status

3.1

Launch an Energy Transition Program focused on electric vehicle adoption.

2023

3.2

An Island-wide master plan of charger locations, level two and level three chargers, has been prepared and approved.

2024

3.3

Establish baseline and encourage business owners, schools and hospital, to provide at least one charger for employees.

2024

3.4

All new residential construction and major renovations include conduit to convenient charging location and breaker for future EV charger.

2025

3.5

An analysis of feasibility of locating EV chargers at SSA parking lots is completed.

2025

3.6

Incentives provided to support low/moderate income purchasing of Evs.

2026

3.7

The Steamship Authority provides preferences in rates, booking, and parking at Palmer Ave. lot for electric vehicles.

2027

Action Description

Timeline

Status

4.1

At least ten school busses are electric.

2027

4.2

All delivery vehicles are electric.

2030

Action Description

Timeline

Status

5.1

Advocate for electric ferry infrastructure.

Ongoing

Action Description

Timeline

Status

6.1

Educate the community about benefits and opportunities of electric equipment and convert all landscaping equipment.

2030

Action Description

Timeline

Status

1.1

Generate outreach to connect people and businesses with solar programs including youth who are interested in solar installation.

2023

1.2

Host/Create outreach events or participate in existing events to gain support for implementation of MV CATF Energy Group goals/objectives.

Ongoing

1.3

Annually track Solar Generation on MV to ensure we’re meeting the objective.

Annually until 2040

1.4

Increase solar and HVAC installers on MV through local courses and apprenticeships.

Ongoing

1.5

Standardize permitting process for solar installation.

2030

Action Description

Timeline

Status

2.1

Work with CLC staff and board and CLC board reps from MV to commit to targets: 5% by 2025, 15% by 2027, 30% by 2030.

2030

Action Description

Timeline

Status

3.1

Get baseline number of existing participants.

By 2022

3.2

Create outreach materials about "local green" option.

By 2023

3.3

Work with CLC to implement an education campaign to target audiences (e.g., realtors provide info to new homeowners, electricians).

Ongoing

Action Description

Timeline

Status

4.1

Increase awareness and enrollment into low-income access program and increased benefits from RAP fund.

Ongoing

4.2

Use Vineyard Power RAP Funding and work with CLC to apply credits.

Applied Annually or Monthly for 15 years

Action Description

Timeline

Status

5.1

Advocate for CLC Cape and Vineyard Electrical Offering.

2022

5.2

Appeal through DPU or Act of Legislation.

2024

5.3

Build local Island partnerships and raise awareness to low-income rate payers.

Ongoing

Action Description

Timeline

Status

1.1

Develop Island-wide resilience standards/guidelines to help towns evaluate the resilient energy demands of their critical facilities.

2023

1.2

Towns develop/approve a plan for resilience using generators and power from renewables with emphasis on renewables going forward.

2024

Action Description

Timeline

Status

2.1

Identify solar/battery projects and schedules that increase resilience and reduce peak energy demand; provide lists to Eversource.

2023

2.2

Work with Eversource to determine and publish their plans for resilience support.

2023

2.3

There is an organization created specifically to work with Eversource to guide the plan and monitor progress.

2024

Action Description

Timeline

Status

3.1

Outreach to building inspectors, architects, and builders regarding Stretch Code modifications including new incentives from CLC.

2024

3.2

Training on the Stretch Code modifications and new CLC incentives are provided for architects and contractors.

2024

3.3

Building inspectors are working together to ensure that all are using the same metrics.

2024

Action Description

Timeline

Status

4.1

Identify municipal facilities and sites for the location of microgrids to provide Island resiliency.

2023

4.2

Engineering study to identify optimal technology for microgrids of identified facilities, addresses battery safety, and site conditions.

2025

4.3

Begin public procurement processes for microgrid development.

2026

4.4

Install microgrids at town, county, and regional critical facilities.

2026-2030

Action Description

Timeline

Status

1.1

Develop a series of maps for Land Use and Biodiversity - areas that can provide public safety and biodiversity resilience.

2024

1.2

Map and evaluate vulnerable business assets and areas for potential future relocation and a resilient future economy.

2024

1.3

Complete town maps of transportation and infrastructure assets and vulnerabilities. Combine maps and ID areas of regional significance.

2024

1.4

Identify collaborative long-term vision of environmental and socio-economic resilience to climate change.

2025

1.5

Combine and review thematic group map layers to identify land use priorities that support the collaborative vision and areas of overlap/conflict.

2025

1.6

Develop a land-use decision making framework and additional actions, regulations, policies needed to achieve collaborative vision.

2025

1.7

Design a public information campaign to explain and build community support and political will for joint vision and land-use decision-making framework.

2025

Action Description

Timeline

Status

1.1

Complete a sustainable finance analysis to identify funding needs, and potential finance mechanisms that could be developed.

2024

1.2

Work with towns and Dukes County to determine the best sustainable finance mechanism for Martha’s Vineyard.

2025

1.3

Develop a sustainable finance policy framework to outline fee structure, disbursement protocol, and decision-making.

2027

1.4

Work with towns to adopt sustainable finance policy framework.

2027

Action Description

Timeline

Status

1.1

Hire a full-time grant writer at the MVC to identify funding sources and support grant proposal development with CAP leads.

2022

1.2

Hire a Climate Communications Specialist to conduct strategic communications that support CAP goals and objectives.

2023

1.3

Carry out a capacity needs assessment to identify and prioritize key positions needed to implement the CAP.

2023

1.4

Explore new partnerships that can support capacity needs such as (graduate/legal students, fellowships).

Ongoing