BRATTLEBORO — At their Dec. 19 regular Selectboard meeting, the Board unanimously voted to join the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition.
With their vote, they authorized Town Manager Peter B. Elwell and his staff to track municipal projects on the coalition’s website, vermontclimatepledge.org.
Selectboard Chair Kate O’Connor noted the Energy Committee and the town manager’s staff recommended the town join the coalition.
In September, the Selectboard voted to sign on to the Paris Climate Accord agreement and the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan to “meet goals for greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy adoption,” Elwell said.
“We rallied around the [coalition] as being the most appropriate for the town to sign on to,” Elwell said. “It best represents the way for the town to fulfill this commitment.”
The coalition includes the public and private sectors, and five Vermont municipalities and “a few dozen” other organizations have signed up, he said.
Elwell said it won’t commit the town to spending money, or require other parties “telling you what action the town has to take. Instead, it provides a public forum to “track performance and aggregate results” of municipal plans, and demonstrate the town’s commitment to environmental concerns.
The Energy Committee coordinator can track private projects on the site, or the individuals can do it themselves, Elwell said.
“We are committing town staff time and resources to track our own projects,” he added. “It’s appropriate and not burdensome.”