The Select Board would like to hear from Weston residents wishing to serve as an at-large member on the Sustainability Committee.
MA State Legislature has long recognized the increasing impact of climate change and established clear goals for the state to reduce carbon emissions, first through its 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act, and more recently in its 2020 Decarbonization Roadmap. Weston has a history of taking advantage of the incentives provided by the state to encourage towns to engage in community-led sustainability initiatives. Over the past two decades, Weston was designated a Green Community in 2011, and an MVP town in 2019. Much like the state has published its Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2025 and 2030, Weston has leveraged grant funding and developed our own climate action and resilience plan in 2021, Weston Ahead.
The Sustainability Committee will follow the actions outlined in this plan and continue to ensure sustainability issues and opportunities in Weston are proactively managed. The committee advises the Select Board and regularly collaborates with Town departments and other committees. In close contact with Weston’s Sustainability Coordinator and other Town staff, the Committee recommends, develops and monitors programs designed to enhance Weston’s long-term sustainability and resilience in response to environmental, resource and energy challenges, as well as educate and raise awareness throughout the development and implementation of these plans.
The Committee is made up of seven voting members, including a representative from the Select Board, School Committee, Permanent Building Committee, and Planning Board, and three at-large members appointed by the Select Board for a three-year term.
Specific expertise is not required, but desirable experience in a candidate includes:
- Sustainability/ecology experience and interest
- community organization
- technical expertise in built environment
- waste management
- water infrastructure
Interested residents should submit a volunteer application, available via download or submit online, or send a letter of interest by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to the Select Board, P. O. Box 378, Weston, MA 02493 by July 11, 2022