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Sustainable Marblehead was founded in 2016 by Marblehead residents Judith Black, Nancy DeMuth, John Livermore and Patricia Sullivan who were concerned about both the United States’ planned withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement and the escalating impacts of global warming and plastic waste on our historic, seaside town. The organization was created as a volunteer, community organization to educate and engage residents, businesses and town leaders to reduce carbon emissions and waste. Sustainable Marblehead is a registered 501c3 nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.

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Tips and facts on pollinator plants​

  • Native plants used by pollinators are easier on the environment and need less maintenance. Click here for a list of NE plants and here for a sortable spreadsheet of NE flowers.

  • Choose a variety of plants that bloom April to October. Cut plants back, leaving stems at least 12 in. tall for native bees to lay their eggs.

  • The two at-risk bumble bee species in our area are Bombus fervidus and Bombus vagans. More here

  • It’s important to use pesticide-free plants as described here.

  • Click here for NE plant sources.

  • Click here for a list of local Landscape Architects and Garden Designers.

Sustainable Marblehead recognizes that while the climate crisis is a global issue, change can and should begin at the local level. Our Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report, released in 2018, identified the major sources of carbon pollution contributing to climate change in Marblehead. At Town Meeting in 2018, voters overwhelmingly passed an article sponsored by Sustainable Marblehead that set a goal of “using 100% carbon-free energy in Marblehead, including in energy production, building energy use and transportation, and moving with fiscal responsibility and all deliberate speed to achieve this goal.” 

We are very proud of what we have achieved in our early years, and we look forward to continuing to increase our impact as our community of supporters grows.