ROB DRAL The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Township of Uxbridge vows, to continue implementing energy conservation measures to make Uxbridge a greener community.
Chair of the Uxbridge Energy Conservation Committee, Bev Northeast, dropped by Council on Monday, June 27, to update the Township on last year’s energy saving efforts, and what the committee plans to do this year to combat energy waste.
The Energy Conservation Committee has covered a wide range of topics and issues. This year, the committee concentrated on energy saving, through conservation education with homeowners.
During the April 21 Earth Week Program, the committee strived to educate residents and young people on how important energy conservation is, and how to save money while going green. The program featured cost-savings tips for everything from gardening, to water conservation techniques. Public School students were challenged to develop a mascot for their school, made entirely from recycled material.
A new set of goals have been established for the second half of the year. The Energy Conservation Committee, asked Council to assist the them, in achieving their goals. These goals include: planting more trees, making Uxbridge an idle-free community by erecting ‘no-idling’ signs, installing additional yield signs to decrease brake dust and exhaust, creating more round-a-bouts in place of traffic lights, and lowering speed limits in town.
“The car is no longer the ruler... the call is out for all levels of government to work together,” said Chair of the Energy Conservation Committee, Bev Northeast. “Climate change is here, and we are either going to be counted as a supporter or a challenger, and it is only a matter of time before all challengers are left behind,” she continued.
The committee also asked Council to provide information on the ongoing research, being done by the Region, to improve recycling numbers and to encourage more participation by residents and businesses. “If you read the Waste Management Newsletter, the business sector has a low recycling record,” said Bev Northeast.
The Energy Conservation Committee is planning a special Fall Program, with a speaker, highlighting the Provincial Government’s new Climate Change Action Plan.
Uxbridge Mayor Gerri Lynn O’ Connor, told the Energy Conservation Committee, they are looking into including additional funding to plant more trees in Uxbridge. “We will do our best to deal with some of the issues that you are asking us,” said Mayor O’Connor.
The Energy Conservation Committee was formed in May of 2015, and since then has worked diligently to make a difference for this generation, and future generations to come.
“Energy conservation now and for the future.”
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