May 12, 2008
Attending: Jeff Clifford, Beth Gilbert, Sarah Brown, Meredith Sudburough, Gillian Carter, Nancy, Charlie Case, Charlie, Melissa Paly, Lyn Rosoff and --
1. Julia Dundorf presentation on NH Carbon Challenge’s education program in Rye NH.
The Rye Energy Committee worked w/NHCC to begin a competition between classrooms in how many students could sign their families up to take the carbon challenge and commit to reductions. Partnered with the PTA, started in elementary and middle school w/classroom activities to go along with the program. Then PTA held a public program that 70 people attended. In Rye this was meant not so much as a classroom project as a take-home project.
Rye Energy Committee set up a workshops to help people calculate their carbon footprint with the estimator on the NHCC website. Rye set a goal to get 5% of households to participate (80 households) within the one month period of the challenge. They ended up with 64 households, 600,000 pounds of carbon and $70,000 saved in one month.
Kirk Stone, Jordon Institute, runs the High Performance Schools Program. May have info about how to work on energy reduction in schools. EPA has a Portfolio Manager available for free. Staff from EPA will even come up to train schools in its use. Kids could take the lead in gathering/entering data and benchmarking the school buildings. Oyster River School District is also working on a competition.
NHenergy.com – a Wiki site for communities to enter their energy work and share with others.
2. Education Committee
Ed Committee has focused on developing manageable, doable programs that are oriented to both schools and the community as a whole. The school-based idea is described above. Ed. Committee will continue to work w/teachers at Shapleigh and Frisbee and will set up a mtg w/the two Principals and Superintendent to refine the concept.
Lyn Rosoff thanks Phyllis Ford for tremendous work on developing a logo. The Education Committee made a recommendation, the full committee loves the recommendation but wants to substitute a CFL for the incandescent bulb in the logo.
Idling – there is a no-idling program available from the State of Maine with information, signage, interns, etc. The Ed Committee is recommending that we start with a voluntary program, perhaps beginning with the schools to get “no idling zones” at all four schools. Then try to get local businesses to sign on also.
There is also a curriculum available, off the shelf for teachers to adopt. The State of Maine graphics are really lousy. We would want to design our own messaging that is positive, stresses money savings, is polite and pleasant to look at.
3. Reducing Energy Use and Costs Committee (formerly the Inventory Subcommittee)
Charlie Case described a flow chart that shows how KEAC is set up. Have met w/Jon Carter and he supports the overall structure. Committee suggests that KEAC adds a Grants Committee to coordinate w/sub committees and town as we seek funding for projects. Also recommends a new sub committee that works on an awareness campaign throughout the community for people who don’t read the Kittery Quarterly or have kids in school.
Committee has also graphed energy use in all buildings.
Schools are the largest user ($563,200/yr, 150,000 gallons of heating oil). Committee met w/Larry Littlefield and Jim Lerue to learn about changes going on at schools – there are many including changing lighting, installing motion detectors, and using variable frequency motors. They also discussed capacity tags and ways to avoid surcharges. Right now school dept feels it has a full plate making these changes but once these are done they might be more amenable to looking at alternative energy ideas. KEAC could make a presentation to School Board with this info.
Sewer Dept is 2nd biggest user ($243,600/yr) and is already making changes
Street lights are 3rd largest energy user in town ($103,200/yr) – there are 660 streetlights in Kittery. Committee’s next step is to meet w/Police and Fire Dept to talk about how many lights could be gotten rid of altogether and what alternatives there might be for switching to LEDs. Changing to more efficient bulbs might not save money since the rate for streetlight electricity use is set by the state, but it would still be the right thing to do given how much energy is used.
Municipal complex is 4th largest user, there’s lots going on with insulation, heat zones. Jon Carter is thinking about a solar hot water heater so big furnace doesn’t have to run through the summer just to heat water. Also thinking about switching to gas.
Highway Dept is heating the building w/used drain oil.
Police Dept ($38,900/yr). Haven’t met w/Chief Strong yet, but will discuss purchase of different vehicles that are more fuel efficient.
Fire Dept – the two new buildings are pretty efficient. Solar on one or more of the buildings might be a good possibility. Innovations Subcommittee will talk w/Chief O’Brien about this.
Rec Dept ($22,700) is in flux depending on what happens w/school consolidation, etc…
Last is Solid Waste facility ($17,900), but the wind turbine will cut these costs.
This is tremendous work from the Inventory Subcommittee. Recommendation is to do a real energy audit. Alliance did come in but only looked at changing light bulbs and installing motion detectors. The school dept is looking for a contractor to do this work.
The town currently has budgeted for fuel at $2.80/gallon so there will be a big budget problem next year.
Committee will continue to meet with department heads and help where they most need it.
KEAC would like to make a presentation to Town Council in early July. Sarah will ask Exec Committee members to attend this meeting to get their feedback on what gets presented to Council.
5. Rain Barrels
KEAC could sell rain barrels – make them available to residents for $65.