If we as a state and we as a town are going to get to 90% renewables by 2050 to counter global warming, we will have to address two main energy needs: our transportation methods and our building heating methods. Our vehicles will need to be electric and our homes will need to be electric and biomass. These are daunting challenges split into two components: the devices that we will use and the electric sources of our energy. The first part will be met by the ingenuity of our people and the market place filling our needs as climate change becomes more dire. The second part is something that we as a town can address. We can calculate the energy requirements of the town, now and for our future needs; identify the best sites for wind and solar, have a discussion and come to consensus on which sites meet our criteria the best, pre-permit them and figure out how to build them out (private venture; public/private or town owned). The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission has funds to help towns conduct studies of this nature and is something we should take advantage. Creating power in our town and state will keep about $850M in Vermont; help fight global warming; create local, well-paying jobs; make us a more resilient community and control energy prices going forward. I am suggesting that a group of SW members spearhead this effort to create this plan or form a Town Energy Committee to do this.
All guests for our Sustainable Energy Series presentation this coming Monday, August 24th, on alternatives to single-driver car transportation are now confirmed:
a reposted message from Emma Long at the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission
The ice-scraping, defrosting, start-your-car-early season is fast-approaching. Are you ready to try something new?
Check out Go! Chittenden County, a one-stop resource for information about transportation options. By calling or emailing Go! CC, you can get all the customized information you need to explore some new options in and around Williston. Take the bus (it’s already warm inside!), carpool, vanpool, share a car, or gear up to bike or walk.
Go! Chittenden County is committed to helping you get to work in an easy, cost-effective and fun way.
Call the Go! CC hotline at 1-800-685-7433 to ask questions and chat with an expert to get some personalized ideas, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. AND, mention this Williston Front Porch Forum post to be entered to win a CCTA bus pass for one month (valued up to $150) OR a $100 gift certificate to Earl’s Cyclery & Fitness — winner’s choice! We’ll draw a name on Friday, December 5th.
Don’t wait until you’re chipping away at your windshield after an ice storm — call or email today to see how Go! CC can help connect you to the right options to meet your needs. Even a very small change can positively impact your wallet, peace of mind, health, and carbon footprint.
Visit http://gochittendencounty.org/individual/commuter-blues/ for more details.
The Chittenden County RPC is a proud partner of Go! Chittenden County.
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