VCS has worked for fifty years to protect the land and water of Martha’s Vineyard. The goal of the Connect • Reflect • Protect initiative is to strengthen the bonds between our human and natural communities, such that the next half-century may be even more successful than the last.
VCS is beginning work on a single-use plastic bag ban for vote at Town Meetings in 2016. This would not mean an end to all plastic bags, but is a step towards less plastic in our waste stream, and a reduction in land and marine pollution. We also see this as an opportunity for our community to think about our consumption habits and how we might better use our resources.
VCS is continuing a multi-year public awareness campaign to advocate for clean water and a coordinated wastewater management plan to reverse the decline in health of the Vineyard’s Great Ponds.
Part of keeping our waters clean involves persuading Island residents and businesses to avoid chemical lawn fertilizers and encourage use of native grasses and plantings.
Climate Change Adaptation
Some of the greatest impacts of global climate change will be felt at the coasts. VCS is promoting community awareness about the local environmental impacts we can expect and plan for.
Part of VCS’s broad definition of conservation involves promoting Island-wide coordination of solid waste disposal and enhanced recycling capabilities in all Island towns.
VCS, in partnership with Slow Food Martha's Vineyard, has worked to spread information about reducing waste at public events. Click the link above for resources to help make your next event a Zero Waste Event.