Friday, March 6, 2009

2nd Meeting Summary, 2/22/09

Sustainable Marshfield
2nd Meeting Summary

I Welcome: Ben Cowie-Haskell
Reading – Tammy Serata
Relevant Fact – Tammy Serata

II Roundtable Introductions

III Updates :

  • Website (Tammy), blog (Michael) the main website will be searchable and will link to the blog, the blog will be used to post relevant information, could eventually move the blog to host it on the main site. Ben provided content for the website and Tammy is designing it. Ben is exploring using local art for our logo.

  • Katherine Rossmoore-Shields – MCTV (PSA) information and information regarding SSSh thermal imaging camera, wants to collect information for local contractors for resource. She will sign Marshfield up for use of the camera next November. (contact:

  • Don Marks – renewable energy credit info

  • Jones River Watershed putting in PV system and will soon be offering a small PV system for sale (contact Alex Mansfield,

  • Discussed the need for a mission statement

IV Business Items

a. As a chapter of Sustainable South Shore we need to collect membership dues of $15 per person/year, $5 of which goes to SSSh. These dues are used to host events, promote the organization, procure supplies, etc.

b. Officers : Ben Cowie-Haskell- president, Gia Lane -secretary, Richard Jennings- treasurer

  • regarding drafting bylaws – need to investigate whether we can use SSSh bylaws

  • regarding 501c3 status are we a subsidiary of the parent or can we get our own 501c3 status through them

c. Bank account – Richard Jennings will look into a bank account with no fees and will take care of receiving membership dues and will set up a P.O. Box

V Developing action plans –decided to form teams to collect and report on information on specific topics focusing on what is going on locally. Anyone is welcome to join a team. Each team will present their findings to-date at the next meeting and they will develop FAQs for posting on website. Ultimately, the teams will develop action plans that focus on achievable results. Team members are responsible for networking with each other. Teams are:

Team 1: Renewable Energy
Members: Ben, Gia, Richard, Don, Alex
Goals: Reduce CO2 emissions
Potential Topics: Wind, Tidal, Wave, Photovoltaic, Geothermal
FAQs: to be developed by June

Team 2: Public Outreach
Members: Tammy, Katherine, Leighann, Ben
Goals: Engage and inform residents including students
Potential Topics: Marshfield Community TV (PSA, training), sponsored events (Earth Day, Earth Hour, Farmer’s market booth, Marshfield Fair display, etc.)
FAQs: to be developed by June

Team 3: Transportation
Members: Michael S., Roger D., Roger W.
Goals: Promote sustainable and alternative transportation modes
Potential Topics: bike paths (Google map), sidewalks, SAIL local bus service, efficient autos/motorbikes
FAQs: to be developed by June

Team 4: Sustainable Food
Members: Katherine, Leighann, Alex, Roger D., Roger W., Marta
Goals: Promote locally grown food
Potential Topics: CSAs, community garden, landscaping, rain barrels, local seafood availability
FAQs: to be developed by June

Team 5: Conservation
Members: Joe Lambert, Gia, Mike S., Don
Goals: Conserve energy and resources
Potential Topics: Recycling, energy audit, water conservation
FAQs: to be developed by June

VI Next Steps: next meeting Sunday , March 22nd 1-3 pm at Marshfield Rec. Dept.

VII Closing: Awakening the Dreamer Symposium, March 21 in Scituate - Ben
Members of Sustainable Marshfield are invited to attend the Awakening the Dreamer symposium that Ben is facilitating in Scituate from 1-5pm. The purpose of this symposium is to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. Contact Ben if interested in attending at

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