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Net Zero 2021: Roadmap To A Greener Cape Cod

If you are wondering just how the state law, “An Act Creating a Next Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy” affects your small business, or you as a consumer, look no further than Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative’s Net Zero 2021 conference later this month.

Big policy and legislative changes at federal, state, and regional levels offer new frameworks and opportunities for growth and movement to sustainability in our region and NZ21 offers a free, virtual, and full-day program on Oct. 29 to explore this changing landscape. The conference features energy experts, elected officials and regional business and organizational leaders who will offer clarity and honest opinions on how businesses, towns and individuals can better understand and take advantage of the changing climate landscape and advance the journey to net zero for the Cape and Islands.

A complete schedule can be found on pages 24 and 25.

In addition, we offer tips from Cape Cod 5, who took great pains to create their new headquarters in an environmentally friendly manner, about how even the smallest business can implement green initiatives.

Enjoy reading our carbon neutral, all digital October issue.

We appreciate your continued support.

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Anything But Ordinary – Mike Kline, Leather Worker

Mike KlineMoonshine Leather Co.
578 Main St., Hyannis
508- 534-9714

Explain what you do!
I make leather goods, such as all kinds of bags, backpacks, satchels, briefcases, wallets, belts and other leather accessories. Most of what I make goes directly out onto my store shelves for people to buy as they come in, so custom work is hard to find time for. In January and February, when it is slow, will I take on custom work for people.

How did you get started in this business?
I was an old-fashioned apprentice in a leather shop for several years. The man I apprenticed for was Bill Dillon in Nashville, Indiana, a town of about 600 people. I did not get paid; instead, I worked off my training by helping him make things. I ended up buying his business when he retired, in 1992. I opened a second store in Arizona in 2005, to offset the seasonal business in Indiana. In 2019, just before the pandemic, I bought an existing leather shop in Hyannis. My three adult children (Zachary, Jacob and Anya) all work in the business.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy making my leather goods in a retail setting, and being able to meet face to face with my customers. It is rare in today’s world to have the maker and the user of an item actually meet as many people shop the Internet for brands, or buy cheaply made goods from China. Tourists especially really appreciate the time and effort it takes to make a handmade piece, especially the hand-stitched items like we make, and want to buy something local. I love the interaction!

What was the most unique work you’ve ever done?
I was asked to recreate the leather trimmings on an antique, traveling carousel.

How did the pandemic affect your business?
The three-month shutdown in 2020 was devastating, but my family and I decided to take up shellfishing and also trout fishing in the Cape’s stocked ponds. I have grown to appreciate and love Cape Cod

Do you have a unique job? We’d be interested in hearing about it for this monthly feature. Email



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“We are at a critical intersection in our history where the increasing urgency of the climate crisis has converged with the emergence of exciting new energy policies and programs. This conference is for citizens, municipal leaders, planners, clean energy advocates, youth and faith community activists and virtually anyone wishing to better understand the issues and how to take action.”

— Fran Schofield, founding member, Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative Board of Directors, event co-chair.

Cape Plymouth Business October NetZero 2021 page 001What: Fourth annual (and second virtual) conference sponsored by the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative focuses on Massachusetts’ groundbreaking new state climate law, “An Act Creating a Next Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy.” The new law represents the most significant update to climate policy in the Commonwealth since the landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008.

When: Friday, Oct. 29, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Who: The Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative is a consortium of environmental, energy, government, business, education, faith community, and activist organizations whose mission is to help the Cape & Islands reach carbon neutrality or “net zero” by enhancing communication, collaboration, and action among entities committed to mitigating the climate crisis.

Details: NZ‐21 is organized around the new state climate law’s four pillars: End Use Energy, Energy Efficiency & Flexibility, Decarbonizing Energy Supply and Carbon Sequestration. The conference will focus on federal, state, regional and local leaders, businesses, policy makers, scientists, clean energy providers and advocates to discuss exciting new federal, state and regional legislation and initiatives, and offer a roadmap for communities, organizations and individuals to undertake actions to advance the journey to net zero for the Cape & Islands region and beyond.

Cost: Free, registration required.


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