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Virginia LeClair GCC 2015


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Presentation at Massachusetts Green Careers Conference 2015

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Virginia LeClair GCC 2015

  1. 1. 2015 MASSACHUSETTS GREEN CAREER CONFERENCE MARLBOROUGH, MA OCTOBER 1, 2015 Town of Dedham Environmental Department
  2. 2. Overview  Background and Career Path  Overview of Municipal Sustainability Field  Networks  Sustainability in Dedham
  3. 3. Municipal Sustainability Field  Sustainability Coordinators a growing career option  Titles and job descriptions vary  More common in bigger cities vs. Towns  Budgets and staff size vary based on population
  4. 4. Current Trends and Strategies Goal: reduce vulnerability to impacts of climate change
  5. 5. Initiatives
  6. 6. Sustainability  2009 Leading by Example Award recipient  Awarded $500,000 for solar installation  Awarded $150,000 through the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program  Designated in 2010 a Green Community by DOER  EV Charging Station installed in Dedham Sq.
  7. 7. Recycling  Implemented in November 2009, Single Stream Recycling & Automated Trash Collection  Awarded in 2010 the Mass Recycles Small Municipal Recycling Award  Bi-Annual Community Recycling Event  Public Space Recycling  School Recycling & Compost
  8. 8. Dedham Trails  Dedham Water Trail  Awarded $35,251 in funding from the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Recreational Trails grant program to create the Dedham Water Trail.  First Water Trail in MA  2014 received National Recreation Trail Designation
  9. 9. Dedham Trails  Dedham Trails  Created in 2014 connector trail that links the Dolan Recreation Center with Whitcomb Woods, NewBridge on the Charles and Wilson Mountain trail network  Dedham Trails Day and 5K Trail Run
  10. 10. Green City Growers  Partnership with Green City Grower’s horticultural professionals  Participants learn when to plant, how to maintain, fertilize and harvest crops  Program inspired other raised beds throughout Town
  11. 11. Mill Pond Park  Restored abandoned parcel of land into public park  Removed invasive species  Created access to Mother Brook
  12. 12. Transportation Improvements  Created the Dedham/Westwood Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan  Dedham Heritage Rail Trail – 1.5 miles from Dedham Sq to Boston  Over 60+ trails in Massachusetts  Opportunity for public art, commuter access to Boston, safe routes to schools, recreation and health benefits Before After Whole Foods Cleanup Graffiti
  13. 13. Thank You! Virginia LeClair Environmental Coordinator 781-751-9210 Like us on Facebook at Green Dedham & Dedham Trails