Our Mission is to serve the residents by recommending energy and alternative energy policies that will reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the Town of Marshfield. The Board of Selectmen appointed the Energy Committee in 2008 and approved the following charge:
- Develop a climate action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This plan will include measures to reduce energy consumption in all Town buildings, facilities, schools, vehicles, and equipment in an effort to lower operating costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions now and in the future.
- Inventory the energy consumption in all Town owned buildings and vehicles to develop benchmarks and baseline data on the Town’s energy consumption. The baseline data (Greenhouse Gas Inventory) will be used in the future to measure progress in achieving the Town’s goals for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
- Develop policies and recommendations to promote and implement energy conservation measures for existing Town buildings and all future expansions, renovations and alterations of buildings.
- Research and explore the feasibility and funding sources for developing renewable energy sources such as wind energy and photovoltaic panels. Develop policies and recommendations to promote renewable energy initiatives. Assist with implementing renewable energy initiatives.
- Join the International Coalition for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), U.S. EPA Community Energy Challenge and/or other organizations that could provide technical assistance, grants and other resources that will assist in reducing the Town’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Advocate, promote and educate town residents and business owners on the benefits of emissions reductions. Increase town residents awareness of energy efficiency programs and rebates such as; Energy Star rated appliances, building materials and insulation. Work with local utility companies on energy conservation and clean energy programs.
- Support and work with the Marshfield School District to develop energy-related projects that will increase students’ awareness of energy and conservation issues. Seek grants from utilities and organizations to assist teachers in developing energy-related projects.