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NY Times Focuses on Westport’s Green Energy Efforts

New York Times “Our Towns” columnist Peter Applebome today highlights the efforts of the Westport Green Energy Task Force and says don’t underestimate what the town is doing.WestportNow.com Image

In a Metro Section front page column headlined “A Community Tries To Shrink Its Footprint,” he said local governments tend to be good at some things strictly local, but “they tend to be less good at others, like, say, saving the world.”

He continued:  ”So it’s hard to make too much of the 60 or so people who turned out on a snowy, non-global-warming Thursday night for an event held by the Westport Green Energy Task Force. But it also might be a mistake to make too little.

“Westport, with its beachfront parks and leafy neighborhoods where the populace naturally tilts green, is ahead of the game but hardly unique in trying, in its own small way, to address climate change through public and private action.”

The column detailed the efforts of the task force, led by former selectman Carl Leaman, in getting the town and its citizens to reduce the carbon footprint—the measure of human impact on the environment in terms of greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide.

“Our big job is to tell people they can do something,” Leaman is quoted as saying.

“Many people acknowledge there’s a problem and they don’t know what to do. So the first thing we did was to come up with the carbon footprint and then came up with ways to reduce it.”

The task force recently forwarded a report to First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, who appointed the group last year, with its recommendations on how the town can reduce greenhouse gases. (See WestportNow Jan. 15, 2008)

One thought on “NY Times Focuses on Westport’s Green Energy Efforts

  1. I’ve been watching the development of the Green Energy Task for about 9 months now, and it has come a long way since its inception.  Good to see the publicity has started to develop. 

    There are many reasons to “go green,” and all of them aren’t about the environment.  We have many energy problems in this country with or without climate change, and those alone should cause us the rethink our energy supply and distribution models.  Perhaps the residents of Lincoln St would agree with me on that.

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