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Sustainable South Shore (SSSh) is a multi-town advocacy group, 
(started in 2004 in Hull, south of Boston, MA) 
committed to helping area residents cut greenhouse gas emissions, conserve energy, protect the environment and live sustainable lives.

Sustainable South Shore President: Judeth Van Hamm, one@hullportside.net; 
Secretary: Pam Flattich  Treasurer: Sharon St.Ours.

~ South Shore Eco Fest was April 29, 2022 ~ Cohasset, Hingham and other South Shore Towns

~SSSh Website Updates; Suggestions or to volunteer to help update the SSSh website, email  nancy@sustainablesouthshore.org .

From Judeth Van Hamm

350 MA/Sustainable South Shore participants and affiliates--
We had a small third-Tuesday 350 Mass/Sustainable South Shore meeting via Zoom on Dec. 21 2021, at 7 pm.    
According to a show of hands at our last meeting and a couple of phone calls I have received, I expect to see co-chair Steve Wenner, Jason Clement from East Bridgewater, and Doug Henry, who has offered to help lead our work on legislation.  I am also inviting Mark Dyen from the State Steering Team to discuss his offer to make a future presentation to our Node.

We will talk about our future work, including--
1. Running our meetings
2. Working on legislation
3. Getting to 100% clean energy on the South Shore
4. How participation in 350 Mass and Mass Climate Action Network can work together
5. Outreach to teachers and discussion of where to go from here.  
6. HullTV2.com climate movies
7. Working to stop the proposed Peabody peaker power plant
8. Getting approval of municipal aggregation.

Thank You for holding a positive thought of gratitude for a peaceful Earth with a healthy climate, clean air and clean water, and all its species. Judeth

(Volunteer, Gene Wyatt, Kingston)
Check out the SSSh Town Chapters Links (at left).  PLEASE update your Town Information by sending an e-mail to nancy@sustainablesouthshore.org.    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 FisheriesFarmer's Markets, Expos and much more!! 

South Shore Annual Fall Solar Tour -see Oct. 2022 National Solar Tour Link www.nationalsolartour.org   

A huge Thank You to So. Shore Participants!

Hull Wind: https://hullwind.net/  

MA Offshore Wind update  https://www.ge.com/renewableenergy/wind-energy/offshore-wind/haliade-x-offshore-turbine 

(need more current websites for this topic); send to nancy@sustainablesouthshore.org)


Zoom Meetings of 2020 and 2021 focused on: Sharing progress towards 100% clean energy in each of our communities so we can learn from each other. Sharing reaching out to publicize through print and social media

Sustainable South Shore-350 Mass South - For Meeting notes/updates or to be added to the SSSh e-list. Contact Judeth Van Hamm, one@hullportside.net Progress on our communities’ commitment to work toward 100% clean energy: Creating a publicity campaign that includes: Working with newspapers, cable stations and social media; letting people know our communities’ progress and successes in clean energy on the South ShoreClimate forums for local political candidates; Features on homes with renewably powered heating in our communities; Showcasing clean energy at community fairs; Oct. South Shore Green Energy Tour as part of National Solar Tour.    

Sharing expertise and working together on: Solar power; Wind power; Other sources of Power; Green Communities program; Municipal energy aggregation; Solarizing and HeatSmart campaigns; Micro grids, batteries, electric vehicle charging stations; Solar-powered mobility networks; Getting supportive legislation passed; And a data base to see our progress. Watch for emails and Web page news on related virtual meetings coming up. Updates letting people know our communities’ progress and successes in clean energy on the South Shore; Climate forums for local political candidates; Features on homes with renewably powered heating in our communities; Showcasing clean energy at community fairsWatch for emails and Web page news on related virtual meetings coming up.

Other Featured Websites:   

Solarize Mass: Solar for Your Home or Business

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

2019 SSSh Meetings and Events   Nov. 7, 2019. Sustainable South Shore/350 Mass South Shore Fall quarterly 100% Clean Energy meeting was held 11/7/19, Introductions & Update on each community’s work to get to 100% clean energy by 2030 or chosen date. Mass Power Forward Coalition training on building power and achieving our Environmental Justice and Legislative Action priorities.  Planning South Shore events for coming year  July 30, 2019 SSSh Meeting: One of the topics included organizing participation in the National Solar Tour. Contact Judeth Van Hamm (emails above) to add your contact info. for the latest info. and with further organizing of the 2019 South Shore Green Energy Tour. on Oct. 5th and 6th, 2019.  Ideas for homes and businesses for open houses in your community. Solar, air source heat pumps, geothermal, solar hot water heating, etc..

 ~ Report on progress in your community on working toward 100% clean energy.  Discussion included: Steps for creating a data base on clean energy in your community; Working with energy auditors, examples: NEECO https://neeeco.com/start-your-energy-savings-with-a-no-cost-energy-audit, HELPS https://www.munihelps.org/ Build community network to encourage audits.   Opportunities for working together; Legislation report; Making opportunities to meet clean energy vendors.   


Please Note: Current Climate Change daily, weekly and monthly e-news information, from various sourcesTo sign up your own e-mail address to get Climate Change e-News - Click on the websites that interest you below and sign up! 

Better Future: www.350ma.org  ~ Clean Technica: www.cleantechnica.com ~ Clean Technica Wind: www.cleantechnica.com/world-wind-power ~ Commonwealth Magazine:; www.commonwealthmagazine.org ~ Earth 911: www.earth911.com ~ EcoWatch: www.ecowatch.com ~ Energy Resilience: www.resilience.org ~ Environment Massachusetts:  http://www.environmentmassachusetts.org/home  ~ Green EnergyTimes: www.greenenergytimes.net ; http://geoharvey.wordpress.com ~Green Energy Consumers Alliancehttps://greenenergyconsumers.org/ The Green Life Weekly: www.sierraclub.org ~  Mass Audubon Beacon Hill Roundup: www.massaudubon.org  ~ Mother Jones Econundrums:  www.motherjones.com Think Progress: https://thinkprogress.org/  ~ Union of Concerned Scientists www.ucsusa.org ~  more to be added! Send in suggestions!

SSSh Past 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 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 .

Some Past Projects and Meeting Highlights: Winter 2018 Meeting, 2/29/18: at N River Community Church, Pembroke.  Forum:  Steps, Costs, Funding, Saving; Municipal Solar on Landfills, schools, parking lots for electricity and hot water; Municipal buildings energy efficiency; Electric vehicles, school buses, charging stations. Sponsored by Sustainable South Shore and 350 Mass;South Shore; 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 and Marshfield, MA to get ideas about how to plan and organize a similar event in your own Towns.

Sustainable South Shore 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. 
> Chapter of MCAN since 2004.

Michael Hammond,
Oct 12, 2011, 7:09 PM