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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?