Thursday, September 11, 2008

Energy & Sustainability forum went well

The crowd for this forum wasn't too big... if you back out the three speakers, me, Henry Chase (The Producer) and the MRJ reporter... there was about...

0 people there!

Haha... no big deal to me though. It was televised... and for anyone who read the editorials in today's Herald... you already know that people in town watch Channel 14. And I firmly believe that the forum had value.

Groups represented and topics covered included:

CRRA - Paul Nonnenmacher spoke to the value of recycling. He also offered some insight on the future of recycling.

Friends of Boulder Knoll - Dr. Bob Giddings spoke to value of self-reliance as a means to avoid the consumption of transportation energy. A few examples offered were avoiding the use of fertilizer from ground up Redwoods grown in California - as always, it requires transportation energy (petroleum products) to get the fertilizer from California to Connecticut. Another example is buying locally grown foods... and freezing those foods... as an alternative to buying many non-Nutmeg foods during the winter when they must necessarily be trucked here. He gave other examples, including some pretty humorous stories that you may enjoy if you get a chance to catch the show on The Henry Channel.

1,000 Friends of CT - Sue Merrow spoke about Smart Growth and land use policy... and how intelligent land use policy can help reduce the need for transportation energy and help reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

I think it went well. I hope you get a chance to watch it. I'll probably upload it to google sometime soon.

I have not yet begun organizing the fourth and final forum:

Saving money on your energy bill!

But I have an idea of the topics / speakers:

Conservation of electricity and natural gas - CL&P
Conservation of home heating fuel - Carol Wilson
Home heating assistance - ???

And if you want to get a cheaper electric rate today, visit I switched about a four to six weeks ago and my bill has not yet switched. But they told me that it can take up to two months for the switch to occur. So I'm not too concerned. Hopefully I'll be saving by my next monthly bill.

Tim White


Anonymous said...


Don't feel bad about the sparse attendance; Thursday was the annual open house night at Cheshire High School and half the town was there, including Mike Ecke and Tom Ruocco.

Anonymous said...

Many people are not recycling enough.

I think there are a lot of lazy people who don't want to take the time to separate their trash.

Spot inspections and serious fines are the only way this is going to be corrected.

Anonymous said...

As for being lazy maybe that is an argument that can used against those companies which provide us with our trash collection too. After all, why don’t the trash collection companies do it all? Pick up the trash we place in cans and then efficiently sort what is in the cans separating plastics from organic wastes and metals etc. Maybe there is an extra commandment somewhere directing all citizens to meticulously sort what they consider to be trash and garbage into several correct piles before they just throw it out or something.

Assuming that all the sorting will be done for free by each and every captive trash customer is a bit out of it. It’s thinking along the same lines as big box stores that have invested many millions of dollars in automated check out lanes in order to eliminate near minimum wage cashiers by replacing them with the very customers the stores needs to serve to remain in business.

Anonymous said...

Assuming that all the sorting will be done for free by each and every captive trash customer is a bit out of it.

How ridiculous. You make it sound like we are working for the trash companies.

If youu create the trash, it's your responsibility to deal with it in a responsible way, but I don't thing you get it or care about the environment. Everything that can be recycled reduces our impact on the earth. Get with the program.

Anonymous said...

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