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4/5/2018 - Residents Invited to Comment on Fairfield’s Sustainability Plan at April 19th Forum

First Selectman Mike Tetreau announced today that Fairfield residents will have an in-person opportunity to offer comments on the initial draft of the Town’s first-ever master Sustainability Plan – detailing specific initiatives for safeguarding Fairfield’s natural and built environments, natural resources, and quality of life – on Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, at a forum at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield.

Authored for the Town by the Sustainable Fairfield Task Force (SFTF), with input from Town officials and other stakeholders, the plan was initially introduced to the Town for comment and feedback in January. The plan captures for the first time current as well as planned actions for enhancing Fairfield’s sustainability across 10 areas: air, the built environment, education and outreach, energy, financial management, food, the natural environment, transportation, waste management, and water.

Residents can view the plan on the Town Website, http://www.fairfieldct.org/sustainabilityplan.

Comments on the plan can also be provided by email to fairfieldcleanenergy@gmail.com.

“Fairfield’s focus on good stewardship of our natural and built settings is yielding meaningful environmental benefits as well as significant annual energy cost savings for the Town,” stated First Selectman Tetreau. He added, “Fairfield residents have important roles to play in advancing our sustainability efforts, and we hope they will take advantage of this next opportunity to provide their thoughts on our planning.”

The plan provides specific details on how Fairfield’s residents can join the ongoing effort to improve community sustainability. “Residents already have provided invaluable feedback on how to make our plan even stronger,” said Scott Thompson, SFTF Chairman. “We encourage residents to add their voices to our planning process so that our plan reflects their concerns for the viability and health of the Fairfield community as fully as possible.”

Photo: The new solar carports now providing clean, renewable energy to one of Fairfield’s high schools offer a dramatic illustration of Fairfield's sustainability efforts at work.