Today is Energy Efficiency Day!
Energy Efficiency Day (the first Wednesday in October) is a collaborative effort of dozens of energy efficiency advocacy groups around the United States, including the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Advanced Energy Economy, Alliance to Save Energy, Natural Resources Defense Council, the Regional Energy Efficiency Organizations and many others. To celebrate the occasion, the Winooski City Council approved a commemorative resolution. Click here to view the full resolution or view the sections below.
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Whereas, the City of Winooski, Vermont is proud to be forward thinking on the impact of energy use on our built and natural environment; and
Whereas, the 2019 City of Winooski Mater Plan identifies enhanced energy goals that roll up to Vermont’s Municipal Energy Planning; and
Whereas, Winooski, Vermont is already a leader in moving towards Vermont energy goals by enhancing a walkable/bikeable land use pattern, use of electric vehicles within the City’s fleet, and supporting energy efficiency upgrades for residents through the Housing Trust Fund; and
Whereas, energy efficiency is the cheapest, quickest, and cleanest way to meet the City of Winooski’s energy needs, avoid dangerous pollution, and reduce utility bills for residents and businesses in our community; and
Whereas, implementing energy efficiency and other clean energy policies and programs can help boost economic opportunities and job creation while continuing to move Winooski toward a sustainable future; and
Whereas, smarter energy use reduces the amount of electricity needed to power our lives, which helps avoid power plant emissions that can harm our health, pollute our air, and warm our climate; and
Whereas, for cities and states like ours that are trying to tackle harmful pollution, energy efficiency can get us about halfway toward our emissions reduction goals; and
Whereas, energy efficiency makes our homes and workspaces healthier, safer, and more comfortable; and
Whereas, cutting energy waste can save City of Winooski households measurable hard-earned money on their utility bills every year; and
Whereas, improved energy codes for homes and commercial buildings also can significantly reduce utility costs and create new jobs, and City of Winooski supports increasing the minimum levels of efficiency for new buildings through adoption and implementation of the Vermont Residential and Commercial Building Energy Standards; and
Whereas, the businesses and residents of Winooski can continue to contribute to our energy efficiency efforts by learning about and participating in our Municipal Infrastructure Commission, Planning Commission, and Housing Commission; and
Whereas, a nationwide network of energy efficiency groups and partners has designated the first Wednesday in October as Energy Efficiency Day; and
Whereas, together we can continue to contribute to our sustainability efforts by learning more about energy efficiency and practicing smarter energy use in our daily lives; and
Now, Therefore, the City of Winooski declares October 5th, 2022 as ‘Energy Efficiency Day’ and urges our residents and businesses to join us in support of cleaner, more efficient energy goals, now and in the future.