Buildings, Infrastructure, and Transportation are three crucial components to the operation and sustainability of our community. These three components may the largest contributors to our GHG emissions, but they also provide the greatest opportunities for emissions reductions and climate adaptation.
Climate change is threatening public health and safety by bringing more extreme storms, rising seas, and extreme temperatures. Preparedness for these changes is an essential adaptation strategy that will protect the health and safety of Martha’s Vineyard residents.
The energy we use to heat, cool, and power our homes, businesses, and community facilities is often from fossil fuels – whose generation produces climate-changing emissions. By transforming our energy systems, we can power the Island with renewable sources, promote energy affordability, and support an energy grid that is resilient.
Impacts from climate change, like extreme heat, flooding and intense storms, affect industries central to our islands local economy and the prosperity of our community members. Taking measures to ensure that our economy is able to effectively withstand both the short-term shocks and long-term stresses of climate change is essential to sustaining the quality of life and unique character of our community.
Smart land use and natural resource conservation are essential to adapting to climate change and maintaining a clean, healthy environment. Trees and open space provide cooling, flood mitigation, carbon sequestration, and natural pollutant filtration. Communities with healthy natural resources are better able to adapt to a changing climate.