Town Projects and Collaborations
The Sustainability Committee is currently supporting the following town projects.
The Town of Weston is taking bold action in the face of the climate crisis by creating a Climate Action and Resilience Plan. The Town has already experienced the impacts of a changing climate to a certain degree and these changes are only going to increase. The Plan will be developed over the course of a year and will focus on enhancing our community resilience to these hazards and others. Learn more about it here and ways you can get involved.
PAYT Working Group
The Select Board has convened this Working Group to research Pay As You Throw (PAYT), including exploring different program options, the financial benefits and/or costs associated with the program for the Town and for residents, and the environmental benefits of implementing the program in Weston. The Working Group will also investigate composting opportunities at the Transfer Station.
Comprehensive Municipal Energy Use
Water Usage Study
The Sustainability Committee is pleased to support Town Department Managers working on a staff-run water study committee, which aims to identify strategies for reducing Weston’s water consumption and to ensure a continued robust water supply, thus improving public safety and climate resilience. The work of this committee follows the Water Demand Analysis and Forecast Study (PDF), which was conducted by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in August 2019. Initial results were presented to the Select Board in December 2019 with the recommendation to convene this committee.
Increasing Weston’s Solar Energy Generation
The Sustainability Committee is supporting ongoing work to install solar panels on the rooftop of the Field School building, which will further reduce municipal energy costs as well as Weston’s climate footprint. This installation is projected to save the town $598,000 in electricity costs over 20 years.
Previously, and with credit to the now disbanded Environmental Baseline Committee, solar photovoltaic panel arrays have been successfully deployed on top of the former landfill and on the Public Works facility roof. The solar credits generated from these two installations have offset municipal energy costs by over $400,000 annually. A live monitor available online reports the energy production on the landfill site and calculates the environmental benefit equivalents.