Sustainable South Shore 

Sustainable South Shore is a multi-town advocacy group (south of Boston, MA) committed to helping area residents conserve energy, protect the environment and live sustainable lives. 

2016 Co-Presidents: Ben Cowie-Haskell, cowhaskie@aol.com; 
Judeth Van Hamm, one@hullportside.net; 
Secretary: Janis Owens Treasurer: Sharon St.Ours

Solar Tour in Hull and Hingham

You are invited to visit four homes to learn about sustainable ways to power and heat your home.  Meet the homeowners so you can ask questions about “how to,” costs, savings, and life with the new systems.

Four homes, two dates and two towns:

Saturday, Oct. 22, 1 to 4 pm

  1. 600 Main Street, Hingham. This historic house’s 3.68 kilowatt solar system was installed in 2011.  Solar panels also provide power for a Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid. The Volt has about a 50-mile range as a pure battery electric vehicle.  When its battery capacity drops to a predetermined threshold, its internal combustion engine powers an electric generator to extend the vehicle's range as desired.
  2. 161 Samoset Ave., Hull. 3.35 kilowatt solar system installed in 2013.
  3. 367 Beach Ave., Hull.  A passive house with 12-inch insulated walls and a heat recovery ventilator to transfer heat from air leaving the house to the incoming fresh air.  Additional heat available when necessary from a small electric heater around a ceiling fan at the top of the stairs on the second floor, a gas-log fireplace on the first floor, and a solar hot water baseboard heater in the basement recreation room.  Planning to add solar photovoltaic panels for electricity.  Tesla all-electric car.  Directions: Take Nantasket Ave. to Beacon Road on Allerton Hill.  When you start up Beacon Road, take the first right onto Bradford Ave.  House is at the end of Bradford. 

Sunday, Oct. 30, 1 to 4 pm

1164 Nantasket Ave., Hull.  New ground source heat pump geothermal heating system and new 8.4 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system.

This tour is organized in coordination with the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour month.  http://www.ases.org/solar-tour/ 

For more info. contact Judeth Van Hamm one@hullportside.net


The last Sustainable South Shore meeting was 
June 14, 2016 in Pembroke. Thank you to Doc Iacobucci for hosting. We discussed what we are doing in our communities. A Newsletter will be produced as soon as Towns send in Information to Judeth at 
one@hullportside.net .                 


Check out the SSSh Town Chapters Links (at left).  
Learn what each SSSh Town is working on and has accomplished. Use the info. to help start projects in your own Towns. Solar and Wind projectsCommunity GardensDEP Idle Free Campaign (see link at left); Local Fisheries (SOSSEXI)Farmer's Markets, Expos and much more!!  Contact Nancy Kramer at nancy@sustainablesouthshore.org with any Town Chapter changes or updates. 
Find photos of our trip to the People’s Climate March Fall of 2014 and a great source of climate change info. (Gene Wyatt, volunteer)

Please Note: Current Climate Change daily and monthly e-news information from various sources will not be forwarded as in the past few years. To sign up your own e-mail address to Climate Change News - Click on the websites below and sign up!

Better Future: www.350mass.betterfutureproject.org Clean Technica: www.cleantechnica.com Clean Technica Wind: www.cleantechnica.com/world-wind-power Commonwealth Magazine: www.massinc.com ; www.commonwealthmagazine.org Earth 911: www.earth911.com EcoWatch: www.ecowatch.com Energy Resilience: www.resilience.org Environment Massachusettshttp://www.environmentmassachusetts.org/home  Green Energy Times: www.greenenergytimes.net  ;  http://geoharvey.wordpress.com The Green Life Weekly: www.sierraclub.org Mass Audubon Beacon Hill Roundup: www.massaudubon.org Mother Jones Econundrums: www.motherjones.com  Planet Save: www.planetsave.com Think Progress: https://thinkprogress.org/  Union of Concerned Scientists www.ucsusa.org Vote Solar: www.votesolar.org  and more to be added!   

For SSSh Web Site Additions, Updates and Suggestions or to volunteer to help update the SSSh website email  nancy@sustainablesouthshore.org .


SSSh Current GOALS: 1. Connecting school green teams.  2. Climate strategy on the South Shore. Making the big picture local. 3. Making “sustainable living” a household phrase in your community.

1. School Environmental Clubs Goal: Work with schools to help create a network of school staff, students and communities to inspire each other. Please reach out to the high schools in your community to find school staff who advise environmental clubs and/or work with students on recycling or other environmental issues.  E-mail Judeth Van Hamm at one@hullportside.net with names and contact info. for the schools you find that are interested.

2. NEW Sustainable South Shore Towns: If you are just starting to network with other people in your community or are regrouping, let us know whom you have found to work with. The goal is to have at least two or three people working together in each S. Shore community. Judeth will help you connect with people in your community. Contact Judeth Van Hamm at: one@hullportside.net 

3. Make "Sustainable Living" a Household Word  Add your e-address to Judeth's SSSh e-list: one@hullportside.net .


Other Featured Websites (click on Links - at left - for more websites) 

To add more websites (or delete old ones), contact nancy@sustainablesouthshore.org 

South Shore Seafood Exchange: 2016 Season http:www.sossexi.org  Sign up now to reserve Fish Shares 

Solarize Mass: Solar for Your Home or Business

GreenCommunities: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/doer/green-communities/grant-program/map-summary-green-communities.pdf .
edible South Shore www.ediblesouthshore.com 
Go Green Web Directory  www.gogreenwebdirectory.com 


Some Past Projects and Meetings:

Winter 2016 Meeting, 2/29/16: at Hingham High School. Thank you to Hingham High Vice Principal Rick Swanson for hosting and to Hull High science teacher Sheila Blair for helping. A Tour of the greenhouse, recycling and compost operations began the Meeting. Other Schools were invited to participate.

Summer 2015 Meeting, 8/24/15: Thank you to Mary O'Donnell and everyone involved with the Meeting at Greenway Farm, Kingston, MA. For more information see: www.greenway-farm.com and www.nofossilfuel.com .

Annual Winter SSSh Project: The SSSh Thermal Imaging Camera, purchased a few years ago with Sustainable Living Expo (Hull) proceeds, is available for SSSh Town Chapter Leaders to borrow and use. To reserve/ details, email Judeth Van Hamm at one@hullportside.net . 

Click on the Expo links (at left) for info. on the past annual 2004 - 2012 Sustainable Living Expos, held in Hull, MA to get ideas about how to plan and organize a similar event in your own Towns or contact Organizer, Nancy Kramer at nancy@sustainablesouthshore.org for more info.

Sustainable South Shore is a multi-town advocacy group (south of Boston, MA) committed to helping area residents conserve energy, protect the environment and live sustainable lives.  
Sustainable South Shore was started in 2004 in Hull, MA and engages in: > Creating a vision of a sustainable-community; Research and analysis; 
> Developing consensus through education, publicity, discussion, and events; 
Initiating, supporting, and implementing sustainable projects, including sustainable air, water, energy, and bio-system projects; 
> Endeavoring to practice principles of global sustainability in our own lives.  We seek common ground, helping people feel deeply connected to Earth, knitting together individuals, families, groups and institutions, and creating the emotional and spiritual support of true human community to achieve sustainability.


Membership Form

To become a member of Sustainable South Shore, please see the attached document. 
Michael Hammond,
Oct 12, 2011, 7:09 PM