Vineyard Conservation Society Expands the ‘Tap Map’

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To: Bluedot Living

From: Vineyard Conservation Society

Subject: 2023 Accomplishments, and Looking Ahead

  • VCS is excited to announce the expansion of our Tap Map water bottle refill station network, with eight new locations! Creating an Island-wide network of water bottle refill stations is our goal to reduce plastic pollution. Refill stations and Take Back the Tap businesses can be found on the VCS Tap Map. In 2024, we’re looking forward to more stations at Niantic Park and downtown Oak Bluffs, MVRHS athletic fields, Robinson Road Rec area in Edgartown, Owen Park in Tisbury, and the Chilmark Town Hall. 
  • We’re looking forward to expanding our reach into the schools with a comprehensive waste and plastics reduction program. 
  • This year, we began monthly beach cleanups with our Beach BeFrienders.  
  • We are excited to be collaborating with our non-profit partners on saving our coastal ponds. Our education coordinator was on tour all year with a wonderful Vineyard Lawns presentation, and we even won a blue ribbon for our educational display at the Ag Fair. Look for the Vineyard Lawns display, as well as the PowerPoint presentation on tour at your local libraries all winter long. We also greatly anticipate part two of Ollie Becker’s film “On Our Watch,” which we co-produced.
  • The success of the West Tisbury big house bylaw has been encouraging, bolstering the planning board’s role in trophy homes. The VCS ‘rapid response’ team has submitted testimony on issues concerning growth and development. Under new leadership, VCS looks forward to expanding conversation about growth and development.

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