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Sustainable Belmont Meeting Minutes 04/06/11
Sustainable Belmont April '11 Meeting Minutes.   
      April 6, 2011
      Flett Room,  Belmont Public Library  7-9pm

Those in attendance:  Judy Otto, Ron Geiger, Jennifer Page, Marty Cohen, Jennifer Kundrot,
Jennie Fay, Douglas Massidda, Anna Churchill, Patrick Rettig, Michelle Oishi, Jeri Weiss, Paul Solomon, John Kolterman and a couple of others who went unrecorded

Special Guests:
    Will Brownsberger

Upcoming dates of interest:
    4/28/11  - Alewife Reserve Floodplain Forest and Floodway Development: Implications for Nearby Residents, Communities and Wildife
                     Temple Beth El  Belmont, MA
                     7:30-9:30pm

5/4/11 - May Sustainable Belmont Meeting
             7-9pm  Belmont Public Library 

John Kolterman informed the group that the energy bill for the state for 2008 came to a staggering $22 billion. That number covers all sectors, residential, commercial and municipal; including heating, electricity and transportation.  Practically all of that money went out state as MA is not a producer of such energy.  The recognition of this fact was part of the impetus behind much of the reneweable energy and energy efficiency policies put forward by the Patrick administration.   

Since these policies went into effect:

  • employment in the state's clean energy sector has risen to 11,000 people, up 65%
  • there has been a 20-fold increase in the installation of solar photovoltaics
  • there has been a 10-fold increase in the installed wind energy base
The good news continues as the state has committed to invest over $2 billion from 2010 to 2012 in the pursuit of energy efficiency measures.  If you heat your home with natural gas, you stand to benefit from this program with heavily subsidized air sealing and home insulation services.

We briefly discussed how Sustainable Belmont could best support the passage of the Energy Stretch Code and the Tree By-law.  The consensus was to speak to our town meeting members asking them to vote in favor of these by-laws.  The Sustainable Belmont website has some nice background info on both of these items.

Will Brownsberger gave a presentation on several topics including:

  • recent environmental legislation he has been actively sponsoring
  • details of the energy stretch code
  • an insightful case study analysis of the costs and benefits of his deep energy retrofit project
Will's deep retrofit case study can be found on the home page of the SB website at: http://sustainablebelmont.net

or from Will's website at:

Until we meet again, live simply and live in peace.

Respectfully submitted,
John Kolterman




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