ARCHIVE 2010

Sustainability Took Kit Study Group To meet Monday April 12

April 8, 2010 – The Greening Greenfield Energy Committee invites interested people to come to a discussion about the newly published Sustainability Planning Tool Kit.

The Greening Greenfield Energy Committee invites interested people to come to a discussion about the newly published Sustainability Planning Tool Kit, on Monday, April 12, at 6pm, at the NESEA meeting room, 50 Miles Street, in Greenfield. The purpose of the meeting is to better understand what “sustainability” means for a community, and to assess the usefulness of the Tool Kit in planning our future. Refreshments will be served.

“Our world is changing at an alarming rate!” said Nancy Hazard, Co-chair of the Greening Greenfield Energy Committee (GGEC), and organizer of the meeting. “I am hopeful that this Tool Kit will offer us a way to talk with each other about our future and help us choose the best possible road."

The Sustainability Planning Tool kit aims to help communities take a holistic view of the many issues involved in building a more sustainable community - from energy use to improved health and natural habitat rejuvenation. It was developed by ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability, the creators of the Cities for Climate Protection program. It is available only to ICLEI members - and as a member, Greenfield has a copy.

“Planning for the future has always been of great interest to me,” said Linda Smith, Vice Chair of the Greenfield Planning Board. “I’m really interested in learning what the Tool Kit has to offer, and how it might be useful to me in my work with the Planning Board, especially as we move toward a Town Master Planning process in 2012.”

“I just finished reading the Greenfield Energy Audit with other GGEC members, and the amount of money we spend on energy is alarming,” said Van Wood, co-owner of SmallCorp. “It is clear to me that, among other things, we need to take responsibility for generating the energy we use. That is why I installed a solar electric system at my business. I can say that I sleep better now that I don’t have any electric bills to pay, and I know that all the electricity we use does not produce climate change emissions. I’m looking forward to learning what the Tool Kit has to offer, and how we can shape the future we want.”

The meeting is organized by the citizen Greening Greenfield Energy Committee (GGEC), creators of the Greenfield 10% Challenge. GGEC aims to use “greening” as the economic and inspirational engine to help build a sustainable Greenfield so current and future generations can enjoy live in this beautiful abundant valley. Reading the Tool Kit prior to the meeting is a must.  Please call Nancy Hazard at 413-774-5667 to get a copy.

 


GREENFIELD, MA

FOR RELEASE: April 8, 2010

CONTACT: Nancy Hazard, Co-chair, Greening Greenfield Energy Committee … 413-774-5667