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Sunday, July 02, 2017

‘Net Zero by 2050’ Petition Underway

Westport’s Green Task Force (GTF) today urged residents to sign a petition asking the town to commit its best efforts to becoming a “net zero” energy and waste community by 2050.

Net zero energy is a concept in which the community as a whole creates more energy through renewable sources than it uses. 

The organization also asked residents to sign it soon since it is on the Representative Town Meeting’s (RTM) agenda for Tuesday, July 11.

The petition, which can be found HERE, has already been signed by members of the Board of Selectmen, town boards and commissions.

It reads: “Be it resolved that the Town of Westport shall commit to using its best efforts to become a Net Zero community by the year 2050, where the community has reduced its impacts across energy, water and waste so that they are sustainably managed, using approaches that are economically viable, of social benefit, and environmentally responsible.”

In making the announcement, GTF Chairman David Mann, and Pippa Bell Ader, vice chairwoman, stressed the importance of Westport remaining a leader in sustainability just as it did in in 2007 when it became the first Connecticut town to have a sustainability chapter in its Plan of Conservation and Development.

“Since then, with the help of 20 Westport organizations, Westport won the Department of Energy’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor Energy Challenge, and helped launch the Solarize Connecticut program, and by the unanimous vote of the RTM was one of the first towns in the state to adopt CPACE financing to support energy efficiency and clean energy improvements,” the announcement said.

“Going forward, Westport would benefit from a comprehensive approach to achieving Net Zero by 2050,” it added.

According to Mann, Net-Zero greenhouse gas emissions means reducing the community’s energy consumption through energy efficiency and conservation measures; and producing or buying enough clean energy to meet those needs.

Net-Zero water means preserving and protecting the quality and availability of water to sustain the community, he said.

Net-Zero waste means reducing waste to a minimum, “reusing what we can, recycling the rest, and sending zero waste to landfill,” he said.

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