– Ken Fry
– Mark Reme
– Dave Menaker
Liaison – Steve Reed
Liaison – Ken Fry
The Plumsted Township Green Technology Advisory Committee
(GTAC) has wrapped up its first year with a successful New Egypt Day, where
committee members handed out 1,200 compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs to
residents in just three hours. In
addition, committee members were able to educate the residents about the proper
disposal of CFL bulbs when they fail (bring them to Home Depot or the Ocean County
in Lakewood or
Manahawkin to be recycled), and other energy conserving ideas.
Other accomplishments by the committee in the first year
include signing the US
Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, registering with the Sierra Club Cool
Cities Program, and working toward obtaining Sustainable Jersey
certification. The committee has obtained
and installed four occupant sensors that have been installed in the bathrooms
of the Municipal Building and. The committee is working toward acquiring
more for use to install throughout the building. Occupant sensors work like motion sensors,
where the lights come on when someone enters a room. However, unlike motion sensors, occupant
sensors can keep the lights on while the room is occupied, even without someone
moving around the room.
Some of the other goals of the committee for the next year
include obtaining Sustainable Jersey certification. There are many action items that can be
completed to obtain meet the certification criteria, but the committee is
looking into focusing on doing the following these: perform complete a
municipal energy audit, perform a municipal carbon footprint calculation, pass
a water conservation ordinance, and establish a green purchasing policy.
The committee is excited about the opportunities available
to helping to move Plumsted
Township, and its
residents toward a more sustainable future.
If you are interested in working with the committee, or have ideas you’d
like to share, contact the current committee chairperson Ken Fry at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or the current committee secretary Dave Menaker at email@example.com, or attend a
meeting. Monthly meetings are held on
the fourth Tuesday of the month at 8:00 PM in the municipal building.