Environmental group needs members

Feb 7, 2019 by

Published in the February 7, 2019 edition.

WAKEFIELD — The Town of Wakefield is seeking residents who are interested in serving on the Environmental Sustainability Committee and are instructed to send a letter of interest and resume via email to Sherri Dalton, Executive Assistant at sdalton@wakefield.ma.us by Wednesday, February 27 at 4:30 p.m. Appointments will be made in March 2019 by the Town Council.

The Town of Wakefield recognizes that sustainable environmental practices are critical to protecting and enhancing the ecological and economic health of our community and surrounding areas. Addressing environmental and energy issues, such as resource conservation, waste reduction and energy efficiency, can contribute to the well-being of the town and its businesses, residents and ecosystems. This committee will work with the Town Administrator, town departments, boards and commissions to assist and advise on ways to encourage balanced and responsible environmental stewardship.

The Committee will:

1) Review and comment on Town policies and practices to determine opportunities for improved and cost-effective sustainability programs, such as conservation, waste reduction and energy efficiencies;

2) Engage with town departments and committees/commissions on existing or proposed initiatives;

3) Identify resources, grants, and programs that can reinforce sustainability goals;

4) Propose, encourage and promote local sustainability projects and initiatives (rain barrel, composting, recycling); and

5) Engage in public awareness and education.

The meeting schedule has not yet been established but the committee will probably meet once a month or as needed.

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