Chapter activist Charlene Morton, Professor Bill Diamond
The Council of Canadians South Shore chapter inspired the campaign that secured the first blue community in the United States.
Chapter activist Charlene Morton writes, "When Bill Diamond was in Nova Scotia in Summer 2016, he met with me and chapter activist Marion Ruth and was introduced to The Council of Canadians Blue Community campaign. The rest is history!"
The Daily Hampshire Gazette has reported, "[Northampton, Massachusetts] became the first so-called blue community in the U.S. when City Council passed a resolution to that effect on [June 1]."
The article highlights, "The framework for the blue community movement, which seeks to protect public water and minimize use of single-use plastic water bottles, comes from Canada. Northampton resident and University of Massachusetts marketing professor Bill Diamond stumbled upon the initiative in his research about plastic water bottles, and decided it was a good fit for the city."
Morton adds, "Congratulations Bill and the Northampton Blue Community. This encourages us to find a sister Blue Community for the first Blue Community in Atlantic Canada, Municipality of the District of Lunenburg."
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