Regular everyday citizens of Shrewsbury are volunteering their time to make Shrewsbury a more healthy and environmentally-friendly town.
Let’s celebrate these accomplishments in sustainability!
ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2021
Shrewsbury declares a Climate Emergency
Since 2015, members of Sustainable Shrewsbury have been advocating for Shrewsbury to take action to address climate change. This year Shrewsbury Town Meeting declared a Climate Emergency!
ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2018
Shrewsbury designated a Green Community
In 2016, members of Sustainable Shrewsbury advocated for Shrewsbury to join the Massachusetts Green Community Designation Program and arranged for the State’s Program administrators to meet with the town to work out the feasibility. In 2017, the Board of Selectmen led the way and passed a Stretch Energy Code which was a dependency before the town could apply for the Green Communities Program.
Passed Styrofoam Ban effective in 2020
(30th in the state; 1st in Central Mass)
In context of the Styrofam Ban effort, Shewsbury Public Schools removes straws and replaces utensils & take-out containers containing polystyrene with alternatives. Also, takes on a dishwasher feasibility assessment and workshop discussion on a potential district-wide approach to environmental concerns expressed by members of the community.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2017
Passed Resolution Opposing the Natural Gas Pipeline
(3rd in Central Mass)
Shrewsbury Schools District-wide Garden Build
OTHER 2017 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Advocated for Energy Storage instead of a Natural Gas Peaker Plant
While not successful, the SELCO Commission did specifically note it would actively pursue Energy Storage options.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2016
Passed Plastic Bag Ban effective in 2017
(31st in the state; 1st in Central Mass)
ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2015
Advocated for Food Labeling Transparency
Sustainable Shrewsbury became a network partner of the Mass Right to Know GMO campaign that advocated for transparency in Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods
ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2014
First Shrewsbury Farmer’s Market in 2014
In 2013, residents advocated for Shrewsbury to pass a bylaw allowing a farmer’s market in town and then worked to make it happen.
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