To Officials, Citizens and Organizations in Southeastern Massachusetts concerned with Sustainability:
Many disparate groups and individuals in Southeastern Massachusetts have been working on these concerns under the umbrella of sustainability. Included are those promoting local agriculture and farming, advocating for solar and wind energy, and planning for alternative methods of transportation. Many have participated in a recent series of “regional exchanges” sponsored by UMass Dartmouth’s Sustainability Initiative and Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD).
The future of our region and indeed our planet depends upon our making choices today that are sustainable fifty to one hundred years from now. The decisions about how we develop land, use natural resources, consume energy and govern ourselves will have repercussions far into the future.
We feel that it is time to unite these efforts as the Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability. UMass Dartmouth and SRPEDD are taking the lead to organize the Council and we invite you to participate by appointing yourself or someone to represent your organization to the Council.
The purpose of the Council is to provide education, advice and assistance on the broad issue of sustainability in Southeastern Massachusetts. The Council will act as a leadership forum and network to connect, facilitate, support and coordinate sustainability efforts and initiatives throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. (See attached Statement of Organization).