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WHOI Sustainability Task Force

Engaging with the community to develop a healthier environment for everyone

Our Mission

The Sustainability Task Force is an advocate for sustainable initiatives within the WHOI community.  Our mission is to integrate sustainable practices and resource conservation in research, education, and operations to reduce human impact on the environment.

Want to get involved? Email sustainability@whoi.edu.

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News & Events

Residential Solar Lunch ‘n Learn

June 15, 2022

Electricity prices are rising! Join 3 local experts to learn how you can save money and reduce your carbon footprint by installing solar panels on your home.  Matt Liles from Cotuit Solar, James Manzer from Revision Energy, and Megan Amsler from Self-Reliance will share their knowledge and expertise about residential solar. Tuesday, June 21 at…

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Repair Cafe

May 17, 2022

Members of the WHOI community came together on Thursday, May 12 for the most recent installment of Repair Cafe.  People brought in small appliances from home that weren’t working, and WHOI technicians volunteered to help troubleshoot and repair these items.  It was a wonderful community building event, with the added benefits of saving appliances from…

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3 ways YOU can be more sustainable this Earth Day

April 18, 2022

At WHOI, we believe that integrating sustainable practices and resource conservation in research, education, and operations can reduce human impact on the environment. Here are 3 ways you can be more sustainable on this Earth Day, brought to you by WHOI’s Sustainability Coordinator Stephanie Madsen. Avoid fertilizers and use alternatives When fertilizers are tossed on…

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Flax Food Coop Lunch ‘n Learn

January 19, 2022

If you’re interested in learning how you can reduce waste and buy sustainably sourced food here in Falmouth, please join the Sustainability Task Force for a Lunch ‘n Learn with the Flax Food Coop.  Tuesday February 24 at 1pm.  Zoom Meeting ID: 952 8747 4123

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Solar Panels Installed on Meteor House

January 11, 2022

Over the course of a week in early January 2022 ReVision Energy installed a 15.17 kW (DC) solar panel system on the Meteor House roof.  As soon as the system is inspected and the net metering is enabled, Meteor House can be added to the list of buildings at WHOI generating electricity!  

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Carbon Offsets Lunch ‘n Learn

December 30, 2021

Curious how to reduce your carbon footprint? Join Hauke Kite-Powell from the Marine Policy Center on Wednesday, January 12 at noon. Zoom Meeting ID: 961 1889 9048  

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Metal Recycling 2021

December 30, 2021

In 2021 WHOI sent a total of 141,200 lbs of scrap metal and empty containers to Middleboro Recycling and Mid City Scrap. In addition to keeping all of that material out of landfills, this effort also resulted in $16,239.77 income for WHOI. Win-Win!

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The Buttery Offers Fresh Goods!

September 15, 2021

The Buttery has recently made some upgrades with their food selections and along with sustainable packaging!

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Beach Botany Walk

August 24, 2021
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Beach Clean Up: Special Session

June 30, 2021

Thursday, July 1 at noon. Join us for an informational and interactive beach clean up.

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