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AmeriCorps Cape Cod Takes Part in the CARE about a Clean Cape & Islands Summit

AmeriCorps Cape Cod member Jordanne Feldman attended the “CARE about a Clean Cape & Islands Summit, Protecting Our Environment from Plastic Pollution and Litter” to discuss ways in which we can all contribute to decreasing the amount of litter around Cape Cod.

AmeriCorps Cape Cod member Jordanne Feldman shown here with Jill Talladay, Founder and Director of CARE for the Cape and Islands

In partnership with Center for Coastal Studies and Cape Cod Anti-Litter Coalition, CARE for the Cape and the Islands hosted their third Summit: CARE about a Clean Cape & Islands Summit, Protecting Our Environment from Plastic Pollution and Litter on Tuesday, November 12, at the Cape & Islands Realtors Association Conference Center.

The purpose of this gathering will be to further the priorities established during previous summits through increased engagement within the five working groups. The attendees will also work to expand the Take Care Cape Cod environmental stewardship messaging campaign, identified as a top priority at the first Summit. The Take Care campaign was adapted in order for Cape & Island businesses and organizations to share a cohesive message of environmental care taking across the region.

Included on the panel discussion was State Representative Randy Hunt, Major Peter Monteiro, Barnstable Co. Sheriff’s Office and Thomas Cahir, Administrator, Cape Cod RTA/Cape FLYER on current legislation. The panelists discussed opportunities for collaboration to assist in litter reduction efforts and learn how the Take Care message is being used in such efforts.

The first Summit was held November 1, 2018 at Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, attended by more than fifty Cape and Island representatives from local businesses, nonprofit organizations and municipalities. Attendees shared challenges and best practices related to plastic pollution and litter and identified five keep areas to help develop solutions, resulting in the establishment of five working groups. These groups were established to carry forth the strategy and tasks in between the larger Summits. Working groups include: Beach Cleanups, Cooperative Purchasing, Litter Awareness & Prevention, Marketing, and Municipal Laws, Rules & Regulations.