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Presentation at 2016 Massachusetts Sustainable Campuses and Communities Conference

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  1. 1. • 230+ individual members of the Mass Green Network • From every corner of the state. • Highly active email forum • Exchange information • Solicit advice • Explore ideas • Develop strategies.
  2. 2. • A resource center for grassroots activists • www.MassGreen.org • Educational materials • Model legislation • Responses to industry propaganda • …and other materials
  3. 3. • February conference to help people plan warrant articles for town meetings • Almost 100 participants from over 35 cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth • Over two dozen proposed bylaws and ordinances were prepared as a result. • Currently planning conference on issues of implementation • Strategies for helping businesses and other community members transition to a bag- or polystyrene-free lifestyle
  4. 4. • Nonprofit organizations (Toxics Action Center, Sierra Club, Audubon Society, etc.) support grassroots actors • Offer official endorsements of proposed bylaws • Encouraging their members to cast their votes at town meeting, or contact their representatives. • The Mass Green Network coordinates this crucial avenue of support. • This spring 13 municipalities have had bottle bills or polystyrene regulations on their town meeting warrants. • Of the 6 that have come up for vote so far, every single one has passed, thanks to these coordinated efforts.
  5. 5. 1. Barnstable 2. Bridgewater 3. Brookline 4. Cambridge 5. Chatham 6. Concord 7. Edgartown 8. Falmouth 9. Great Barrington 10. Hamilton 11. Harwich 12. Manchester-by- the-Sea 13. Marblehead 14. Nantucket* 15. Natick 16. Newburyport 17. Newton 18. Northampton 19. Provincetown 20. Somerville 21. Tisbury 22. Truro 23. Wellesley 24. Wellfleet 25. West Tisbury 26. Williamstown Blue = Passed this spring!
  6. 6. 1. Amherst 2. Brookline 3. Cambridge 4. Concord 5. Great Barrington 6. Greenfield 7. Hamilton 8. Marblehead 9. Nantucket* 10. Pittsfield 11. Somerville 12. South Hadley 13.Westfield 14.Westford 15. Williamstown Blue = Passed this spring!
  7. 7. 1. Brookline - municipal 2. Concord – retail
  8. 8. 1. Amherst 2. Aquinnah 3. Ashland 4. Boston 5. Brewster 6. Chilmark 7. Duxbury 8. Easthampton 9. Framingham 10. Gloucester 11. Hanover 12. Ipswich 13. Lee 14. Lenox 15. Marlborough 16. Newburyport 17. North Adams 17. Pittsfield 18. Plymouth 19. Pocasset 20. Rowley Blue = Town Meeting Votes this Spring! 21. Sagamore Beach 22. Shrewsbury 23. South Hadley 24. Stockbridge 25. Sudbury 26. Walpole 27. Wayland 28. Weston 29. Winthrop 30. Yarmouth
  9. 9. Brad Verter Director, Mass Green Network brad@toxicsaction.org

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