Green Community Taskforce in Rockport

At our last RDTC meeting, Tom Mikus updated us on the efforts of the Green Community Taskforce in Rockport: https://www.rockportma.gov/green

In 2020 the Rockport Taskforce received a grant that fully pays for the following projects:
– Converting to LED lighting in the schools, which we completed in December
– Updating unit ventilators in the schools, which has been delayed due to availability of materials

They also laid the groundwork to begin the following projects in 2021:

According to Rockport’s Green Community Taskforce’s about page:

‘The Green Communities Designation and Grant Program has helped 185 cities and towns earn Green Community designation. As energy leaders in Massachusetts, Green Communities are eligible for state grants. More than $65 million from those Green Community grants is already at work in 155 communities, with more than $6 million in additional grants for energy projects in the newest 30 designated communities.

In late 2015 the Board of Selectmen appointed a Green Community Task Force to pursue this designation for Rockport.’

For more information about the committee, please see their webpage and explore their links.

Meeting Saturday October 17, 2015

The Rockport Democratic Town Committee held a meeting on Saturday October 17, 2015 at 10:30 at the Rockport Police Station, 168 Main Street.  We received excellent reports from our committee members who attended the State Convention in September.  We heard from a supporter of the MA initiative for humane treatment of farm animals.  We also heard from a supporter of the Fair Share Amendment. Both presentations were quite informative.  Attendees had a chance to sign petitions for each.

Fair Share Amendment resource links:
Basic summary on the Fair Share Amendment campaign:  http://raiseupma.org/constitutional-amendment-campaign/

Signature Collection Toolkit (which includes the basic fact sheet on the campaign):  http://raiseupma.org/signature-collection-toolkit/

Mass Budget and Policy Center’s short report on the campaign’s funding goals and tax reforms that improve fairness:  http://www.massbudget.org/report_window.php?loc=Fair_Share_Tax_Reform_Factsheet.html

Humane Treatment for Farm Animals:  More information on the initiative – http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/massachusetts-ballot-initiative-seeks-curb-farm-animal-confinement

New Issues Links Section

On Saturday August 1, 2015 The Rockport Democratic Town Committee voted to add Issues links to our site. Our committee is committed to work on the issues of: Education, Labor, Energy and Environment, Transportation and Infrastructure, Public Safety, Ethics and transparency in Govt, Justice, Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Health and Human services.  We are soliciting members of the committee to submit links to news stories, legislative initiatives and public actions related to these issues, which we will display on the site.  If you have a a link to suggest, please send it to the web-mistress and we can post it for the public.

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Fair Share Amendment Related Links:
Basic summary on the Fair Share Amendment campaign:  http://raiseupma.org/constitutional-amendment-campaign/

Signature Collection Toolkit (which includes the basic fact sheet on the campaign):  http://raiseupma.org/signature-collection-toolkit/

Mass Budget and Policy Center’s short report on the campaign’s funding goals and tax reforms that improve fairness:  http://www.massbudget.org/report_window.php?loc=Fair_Share_Tax_Reform_Factsheet.html