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About us

Our Mission

Sustainable Practices is a Barnstable County focused environmental action group. We work across all 15 towns in Barnstable County to facilitate a network to support environmental quality for our residents, visitors and fundamentally, the ecosystem on which we are dependent and of which we are all a part.

The overarching mission of Sustainable Practices is to facilitate a culture of sustainability as defined by reducing the human-made impact to the planet and its ecosystems. The organization seeks to achieve its goal through the promotion of a global environment that supports the value of all life. To this end we specialize in the integration of sustainability into business, non-profit, and government operations, curriculum and stakeholder communications:

  • Increase awareness of the health and environmental impact of consumption and foster conscious consumerism through enhancing individual accounting of the lifecycle impact of consumption choices, including introduction of regulatory initiatives.

  • Create sustainability-focused communications and marketing communications targeted to both financial and operational sustainability: process mapping, stakeholder communications and targeting, risk management, sustainability action plans, and corporate social responsibility.

  • Develop curriculum to teach and incorporate sustainability into an operating structure: general curriculum (i.e. company-wide, school system-wide), economics curriculum (i.e. university economics curriculum, including online platforms); non-profit and government operations (e.g. development of comprehensive operationalized sustainability programs and strategy initiatives focused on resident and visitor environmental sustainability education).

Sustainable Practices Ltd. is a non-profit, IRS 501(c)3 designated corporation.

Our Executive Director

Madhavi Venkatesan is the executive director of Sustainable Practices.

Madhavi earned a PhD, MA, and BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University, a Masters in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University, and a Masters In Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. A recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship (Philippines), she has contributed to numerous books and journal articles on the subject of sustainability and economics. Her present academic interests include the integration of sustainability into the economics curriculum. Madhavi is presently a faculty member at Northeastern University in Boston.

Prior to re-entering academics, Madhavi held senior level positions in investor relations for three Fortune 250 companies. In this capacity she was a key point of contact for investors and stakeholders and was instrumental in the development of socially responsible investing strategies and corporate social responsibility reporting. She started her financial services career after completing her post-doctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.

Madhavi resides in Brewster, Massachusetts

Our Community Engagement

Recent Press

The Cape Plastic Bottle Ban is an educational and citizen advocacy initiative focused on raising awareness of the environmental and human impact of single-use plastic bottle consumption. In 2019, we initiated the Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban, which focused on eliminating non-emergency single-use plastic bottle purchase by town governments and sale of beverages in single-use plastic containers on town property across all towns in Barnstable County, Cape Cod. As of year-end 2019, the Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban was adopted by 11 of the 15 towns that comprise Barnstable County. In 2020, we will launch the Commercial Single-use Plastic Water Bottle Ban (Commercial Ban) across all 15 towns. The Commercial Ban will eliminate the sale of non-carbonated, non-flavored water in single-use plastic bottles of less than one gallon in size within the jurisdictional area of a town.

Recent news coverage highlighting our Cape activities can be found on Our News page. 

Our Activities

As a community-based organization on Cape Cod, we are helping to make this beautiful locale a better place to live. With the help of volunteers, we organize community-building and educational events on the values and benefits of conscious consumption for long-term sustainability.

We are currently engaged in two ongoing community initiatives:

As part of our routine civic engagement we maintain three Adopt-A-Highway sites and one Adopt-A-Visibility site on highway 6 on Cape Cod. Our areas are cleared of and patrolled for debris by volunteers on a monthly basis between April and November. They are located between exits 10 and 12 on both the eastbound and westbound lanes of the highway and include the Eastham Rotary, where highway 6A and 6 merge.

Our Initiatives


Cape Plastic Bottle Ban

Sustainable Practices Sustainability Film Series

Sustainable Practices Sustainability Film Series

The Cape Plastic Bottle Ban is an educational and citizen advocacy program to raise awareness of the environmental and human impact of plastic bottle consumption. In 2020, we have  added to our 2019 Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban  initiative with the launch of the Commercial Single-use Plastic Bottle Ban.

Details on the Bottle Ban effort, including upcoming activities can be found on the Bottle Ban page.


Sustainable Practices Sustainability Film Series

Sustainable Practices Sustainability Film Series

Sustainable Practices Sustainability Film Series

The Sustainability Film Series will next screen Divide in Concord at the Chatham Orpheum Theater at 9:30 am on Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Our film series supports our citizen-based initiatives and we are thankful for our sponsorship relationship with the Chatham Orpheum Theater

Support our efforts

We are a volunteer led and staffed organization. All financial donations to Sustainable Practices are used in their entirety to support the organization's focus on raising awareness and promoting civic action to improve  human and environmental health. We are committed to fostering stewardship to enable sustainability. All donations are tax deductible. 

If you would like to donate your time, we invite you to contact us!

We appreciate your support of our commons.

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