Released in 2022, The Vineyard Way provides a comprehensive 20-year roadmap for eliminating fossil fuel use on the Island, while helping communities adapt to sea-level rise, storms, and other climate impacts in the years ahead. Key to the plan’s success is its focus on community support and engagement, which has been ramping up this year. For more information, visit thevineyardway.org.
The 2021 Dukes County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update has been adopted by all seven towns and formally approved by FEMA. The Community Wildfire Protection Plan has been incoporated into the HMP as an amendment in the form of an initial Appendix. The 2nd Appendix is a separate file for the sake of conforming to cloud storage limits. Please take a look to better understand vulnerability in your area of interest, along with what actions can be taken to reduce this risk.
Aquinnah HMP maps
Chilmark HMP maps
Edgartown HMP maps
Gosnold HMP maps
Oak Bluffs HMP maps
Tisbury HMP maps
West Tisbury HMP maps
In the 21st century, the whole planet, and especially coastal communities such as Martha's Vineyard, will be impacted by climate change, with accelerated sea-level rise, heavier rain storms and stormwater runoff, short-term drought and wildfire risk, and a myriad of habitat changes. The MVC recognizes that responding to these changes will require bold action in the coming years. As a starting point for a more focused repsonse to climate change, the MVC adopted a Climate Crisis Resolution in December 2019, agreeing to further consider climate impacts in its decision-making process, and to draft both mitigation and adaptation master plans for the Island.
Climate Action Task Force
The MVC Climate Action Task Force (CATF), made up of Commissioners and staff, along with Island leaders and professionals, is working to develop an Island-wide Climate Resilience Plan with strategies for adapting to climate change impacts in the coming years. The Task Force is also working to develop a master plan for energy, with a goal of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions on the Island by 2040.
The Task Force meets on the first and third Fridays at 9:30 a.m. on Zoom.
Check out our 2020 CATF Annual Report
Adaptation Context Booklets (2020)
CATF Energy Working Groups
Energy Transformation Plan presentation
Buildings and HVAC
For more in-depth info and primer on Climate Change, see these other pages on our website.
looks at projections for sea-level rise on Martha's Vineyard, what the impacts could be on critical infrastructure, roads, and wetlands, and what we can do about this.
Rainfall and Stormwater:
looks at the impacts of projected increases in rainfall and the challenges this presents for stormwater management.
looks at some of the potential impacts of climate change on local habitats such as saltmarshes.