Town of Dewitt works with SUNY ESF to conserve energy

In 2012, the town saved over $41,000 by reducing its carbon footprint

— The students recommended that the town use one a vacant landfill as a site for an energy facility. They also looked into the Challenger Field of Dreams, a sports complex which is expected to open with three baseball fields this summer. Among other things, the students asked the town to consider installing LED lighting, solar panels, a green roof and to implement composting at the facility.

They then opened the meeting to any input from town residents on how to help get the community aware and active in terms of sustainability. The audience suggested building more sidewalks and bike lanes, implementing a car or bike share service, including an outreach program in the schools and providing more information to homeowners on the town’s website.

Energy Challenge

The meeting wrapped up with a presentation from Sam Gordon on the CNY Energy Challenge. Gordon is the Energy Challenge team coordinator, and he explained how the CNY Energy Challenge team has developed a program to provide homeowners with support towards taking action towards improving their homes’ energy consumption.

The Energy Challenge teams are made up of about six households who meet over the course of 6 weeks following a guidebook. The Energy Challenge team guidebook covers five different categories of actions for the home – from learning to calculate how much energy you use to improving insulation in your home. The team-based approach allows for peer-to-peer support, sharing, and learning.

The Energy Challenge team is currently accepting anyone who wants to take part in the program, regardless of where they live. For more information on the program, visit cnyenergychallenge.org.

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