The Board of Selectmen, at its September meeting, instituted an ad-hoc Sustainability Committee, which will review and advise the board on initiatives such as energy use in municipal buildings; ways to boost recycling efforts; food and food waste; transportation and more. The committee’s charge also includes education and outreach to the public regarding these topics.
The committee grew out of the Energy Advisory Task Force, which helped administer the state’s solar challenge in Woodbridge. Local volunteers serving on the task force organized informational sessions to introduce the solar initiative and to bring other energy efficiency initiatives to the public’s attention. Prior to that the Green Energy Task Force promoted energy audits. In return for the townspeople’s participation, the town received free solar panels which were installed most recently at the library, and previously at the high school and on the Massaro barn.
Even though the Woodbridge Solar Challenge wrapped up, some members of the task force were eager to continue their work on sustainability issues, said First Selectman Beth Heller when she introduced the topic at the board meeting. Voted in as members of the new ad hoc committee are Jon Gorham as chairman, Lor Ferrante Fernandez, Paul Rossi and Harvey Kliman. Others interested to join the group are encouraged to contact Town Hall. They will serve in an advisory function to the Board of Selectmen.
Gorham said he is working with Town Hall representative Sheila McCreven to flesh out a new initiative. “We want to make our town more resilient and more sustainable,” he said.
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent