DALTON -- Selectmen have appointed four people to the "Green Dalton Committee," a new panel that will endeavor to reduce the municipal carbon footprint.
Residents Cheryl Rose, Donald Harris, Gregory Geyer and John W. Bartels Jr. will be in charge of putting Dalton in a position to access various energy efficiency and renewable energy grants that drive its net energy toward zero.
The committee’s task won’t be simple. The town must adopt siting laws favorable to prospective renewable or alternative energy facilities; establish a plan to reduce municipal energy use by 20 percent within five years; buy only fuel-efficient vehicles; and require energy efficiency in all new construction.
The state does offer assistance and expertise in these matters.
"There’s a couple major hurdles that this committee will have to clear," Selectmen Chairman John Boyle said.
In 2008, the state adopted a Green Communities law, which established a state Green Communities Division that has since recruited scores of cities and towns statewide into the program. Other local participating towns include Lee and Williamstown.
Boyle said the town is seeking additional members for the committee. Anyone interested should contact Town Manager Kenneth Walto. The committee has yet to schedule its first meeting.
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