Ongoing since 2008
2 EV chargers were installed at Staples High School, and 2 at the library. The GTF facilitated the DEEP grants that paid for these installations.
The Town was one of 9 to be written up as a model for US Congress for innovative and effective policies and programs that enhanced their community, both economically and environmentally. Click here for more information.
Partook in Solarize Westport, a program that more than doubled, and almost tripled our residential solar install base in town, at a price that was 30% less than average in the state at that time. With 58 homes having signed up for a total of 382 kW of solar PV during the 4 month program, there will be a reduction of over 6.6 million pounds of C02 over 20 years.
Passed a resolution to have sustainability be considered in all municipal capital projects. “The GTF recommends that the Town of Westport and the Westport School System consider sustainability when making capital improvements for the purpose of meeting the objectives of the Town Plan and making Westport an environmentally responsible leader among local municipalities, and specifically recommends investigating implementation of solar PV at Staples High School and cogeneration at Long Lots Elementary School.”
Took part in the Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge/Westport Home Energy Challenge. Over 15% of homes have been weatherized since initiating this project, reducing their annual energy expenditures by on average 8-10% . Westport was first among 14 towns participating in this DOE grant, and had greater participation than the other top 4 towns, combined. Translated to carbon dioxide savings, there will be a reduction of over 44 million pounds of C02 over 20 years.
Initiated a public outreach campaign to sign up homes for clean energy and helped fund a small solar installation at Staples High School.
Helped institute a text amendment to the Town zoning regulations excluding flat mounted solar panels from building height requirements.
Aided in Westport’s adoption of a ban on point of sale plastic bags and has lead to the widespread adoption of reusable bags.
Established awards to recognize outstanding leadership from Westport residents, businesses and nonprofits with the WeGreen Westport awards.
Installed the first electric vehicle charger at a train station in Connecticut.
First town winner of the Green Coast awards.
Has taken every opportunity to institute sustainable practices in municipal town buildings at each capital improvement opportunity. Examples include: insulated garage doors for the firehouse; 30% energy reduction in Town Hall after efficiency upgrades including lighting and HVAC, 25% reduction of electricity in upgraded parking lot lighting.