As part of the Revitalizing All Marshsfield and Plainfield (RAMP) process, on May 23, over 80 citizens from Marshfield and Plainfield gathered at Twinfield Union School to prioritize key initiatives to improve the local economy and affordability in the face of climate change. Pictures from the meeting can be seen by clicking here - https://www.facebook.com/pg/VtCRD/photos/?tab=album&album_id=23288115138....
The group prioritized work within the categories of transportation transformation and energy generation and efficiency and also identified goals for the creation of a farm and food network and for a task force supporting and strengthening both village centers. The meeting ended with local citizens signing up to serve on new task forces that will work on each of these priorities. Anyone wanting to add their name to the list can do so by clicking here - https://forms.gle/cnPcC6wkfsJvh3Vz8.
On June 20 the four task forces will convene at 6:30 PM at the Twinfield Union School to develop action plans and identify the resources needed to move forward. Joining the task forces will be a resource team of experts who will provide advice and recommendations. All from Marshfield and Plainfield are encouraged to attend!
Here are detailed descriptions of the focus of the four task forces:
Support And Strengthen Both Village Centers and Improve the Route 2 Corridor Travelling Through Both Towns
Downtown Marshfield and downtown Plainfield are key hubs of economic, social, and cultural activity. The health and vitality of both communities depends in part on the vibrancy of these two places. Route 2 also plays a critical role in defining both communities, bringing many visitors and lots of fast-moving traffic. This task force will come together to develop and implement a plan to ensure the long term health of the two community hubs. This task force will also work with Vermont's Department of Transportation and other partners to improve the route 2 corridor with a focus on the well-being and livability of both communities and village centers.
Build A Farm And Food Network In Marshfield and Plainfield
This task force will work to build a farm and food producer network. This network may work to facilitate sharing of resources, farm-based events, mentorship, land-matching/sharing, shared marketing, re-invigoration of the farmers’ market and other opportunities.
Improve Transportation Options to Increase Mobility, Reduce Costs, and Reduce Emissions in Marshfield and Plainfield
Transportation represents a major household expense and a major contributor to Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions. This task force will work to develop new alternatives to increase flexibility while also decreasing costs and emissions. Based on the preferences of those gathered at the Community Meeting, this task force will focus on:
- Developing innovative ridesharing initiative(s)
- Increasing local options to reduce travel needs
- Making both towns great places to walk and bike
- Promoting electric vehicles and charging infrastructure
- Retaining and improving public transit options
Reduce and Transform Energy Use and Increase Renewable Energy Generation For Homes, Businesses, Twinfield School, the Towns, and Other Intuitions
This task force will work with partners to assist home owners, renters, businesses and community institutions in reducing energy use, using renewable energy, and fuel switching. Based on the preferences of those gathered at the community meeting, this task force will focus in on:
- Developing and implementing incremental and do-it-yourself approaches to bring home retrofits and solar generation within reach of more residents
- Weatherizing low income and rental housing
- Unleashing the power of neighbor-to-neighbor connections to promote energy alternatives and provide support to those who are ready to proceed
- Implementing a campaign to promote modern wood heating
This task force may also work on engaging youth, increasing utilization of existing financing and programs, developing one or more community solar projects, exploring new financing tools, and tackling school and municipal energy use.
Revitalizing All Marshfield and Plainfield is a community-driven process with local leaders, the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), Efficiency Vermont, Green Mountain Power and Washington Electric Coop coming together to cultivate economic development, innovation and affordability in the face of climate change. The Climate Economy Model Communities Program is made possible thanks to financial support from VLITE, the High Meadows Fund, Jane’s Trust Foundation, and VCRD’s members.
VCRD is a non-profit organization supporting the locally-defined progress of Vermont’s rural communities. To learn more, visit us at http://vtrural.org.