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“Metro-west” Multi-town Energy Event. Status & Plans for Groton 12-Jul-07 Leo Laverdure, Groton Local. Groton Local.org Sustainable community solutions to global issues. Programs implemented in Groton. Groton Local Energy group Energy info night with Groton Electric Light dept.

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metro west multi town energy event

“Metro-west” Multi-town Energy Event

Status & Plans for Groton

12-Jul-07

Leo Laverdure, Groton Local

Groton Local.orgSustainable community solutions to global issues

programs implemented in groton
Programs implemented in Groton
  • Groton Local Energy group
    • Energy info night with Groton Electric Light dept.
  • Groton Local Green Building group
    • Tour of Doyle Center
    • Green Building info night
    • Building project advocacy
  • Groton Local Food & Agriculture group
  • Groton Local other
  • Town of Groton Sustainability Committee
plans for the year ahead
Plans for the year ahead
  • Low Carbon Diet (MCAN)
  • Seniors programs
    • CFLs
    • Energy efficiency assistance
  • Green building advocacy
  • Solar hot-water project(s)
  • Greenhouse project(s)
  • Sustainability Committee report
challenges or lessons learned
Challenges or “Lessons Learned”
  • Lots of interest
  • Much confusion – “tell me where to start”
  • Major lifestyle changes needed
    • Difficult to move beyond hyper-individualism, consumerism, & assumption that “growth” is the answer
    • Non-monetary rewards (“happiness,” “genuine progress”) real but counter cultural
successes perhaps translating into best practices
Successes (perhaps translating into Best Practices)
  • Focus on community sustainability
    • Relocalization
    • The Natural Step for Communities
  • Multiple scopes
    • Families, groups, towns, regions, …, earth
  • Multiple aspects
    • Energy, environment, economy
    • Buildings/residences, food, transportation
    • Families, businesses, institutions (town, non-profits)
  • Education & action
ideas for collaboration or cross town events
Ideas for collaboration or cross-town events
  • Shared online resources
    • Assessment methods
    • Solutions, success stories
    • Vendors, expertise directory, mailing lists, …
    • Action plans, status, & events
  • Regional events
    • Fall 07 Energy fair
  • Regional energy initiatives?
    • Energy co-op
    • Energy investment fund?
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