Weston rewarded for improving energy efficiency

The town received a check from the Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge at the ribbon cutting for the Lachat farm restoration on June 9. —Peter Shih photo

The town received a check from the Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge at the ribbon cutting for the Lachat farm restoration on June 9. —Peter Shih photo

The town’s exemplary performance in improving residential energy efficiency is being saluted by a consortium of Connecticut entities working to reduce the energy requirements of the state.

At an awards ceremony June 9, Weston First Selectman Gayle Weinstein and other attendees acknowledged the congratulatory wishes of Rebecca Meyer, senior program administrator at Northeast Utilities; Bob Wall, director of marketing and outreach for the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority; and Kerry O’Neill, president of Earth Markets.

The Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge award of $4,362.50 was presented to the town with special thanks to the Weston Sustainability Committee and its chairman, Deirdre Doran, local coordinators of the N2NEC program.

For the past two years, dedicated volunteers in a dozen community groups like the Sustainability Committee have reached out and encouraged residents to get home energy assessments and implement energy saving measures.

The avoided energy costs for the nearly 120 participating households could come to more than 10 times the amount of the rewards check each year for years to come.

Weston officials agreed the funds should be dedicated to the Lachat Farm restoration project as a symbol of Weston’s commitment to sustainability. As such, the Lachat barn was the site of the ribbon cutting that Friends of Lachat board member Ellen McCormick says marked the beginning of a new era in local agriculture.

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