Current PVsustain Initiatives

  • Create effective forums and communications pathways involving a broad range of stakeholders and the general public in increased discussions of sustainability in the Pioneer Valley:
    • Bi-monthly meetings of sustainability professionals-all are welcome 8-11 am on 2nd Wednesday at locations rotating around Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties of western Mass
    • Educational events
    • Bi-monthly newsletter
    • Calendar of events
    • Web-site
    • Letters to the editor
    • Positions on local, state, and federal legislation

  • Advance a clear basic understanding of the concept of sustainability throughout the Pioneer Valley.
    • Sustainability professional skills bank
    • Co-sponsor events
    • Calendar of events
    • Spring Sustainability event-open to the public
    • Fall member retreat

  • Facilitate a process to define comprehensive measures of sustainability for the Pioneer Valley. We hope the sustainability indicators will be used by members of the PVSN, and by other groups and organizations in the Pioneer Valley, to make better decisions.
    • Sustainability indicators
  • Provide a vehicle for incorporating sustainability and scientific information into specific regional and community-based decision making, particularly with respect to energy, water, infrastructure and land use.
    • Decision-support tool
    • Sustainability indicators
    • Skills bank
    • Ad hoc collaborations

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