Global Warming and Your Local Community - Get Involved!

Real Estate Agent with Page Taft Real Living

Concerned about global warming and the effects of green house gas (carbon dioxide) emissions on our atmosphere?  Want to get involved with the local community and be on the cutting edge?  Here's your chance!

 It's been reported that the Obama administration's second highest priority (after fixing the economy) is to enact greenhouse-gas legislation (article in the Wall Street Journal 11/20/08, page B1).  Here's an opportunity right here in your own community, right now!

 The town of Essex, CT has voted to join an International Environmental Organization called ICLEI (Int'l Council for Local Environmental Initiatives).  This group provides extensive resources and guidelines to assist towns (and businesses and residents) in measuring and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases (mainly CO2) and air pollutants.

 As a member of ICLEI, the town of Essex will receive computer software (to collect information and create an inventory database), special training, planning guides and extensive resources to assist the town in forming a "Climate Action Team".

 In addition, ICLEI hopes to have a program (next year) that will allow towns to become "sustainable communities".  The work done by the Climate Action Team will greatly assist the town in being one of the first in the area to meet this standard.

 This is where YOU come in!  The first step is to get a committee of residents together to administer the program - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!! If interested, please contact the Essex Clean Energy Committee or sending an e-mail to or simply comment on this blog entry.  I'm sure that other communities are looking for volunteers to participate in this worthwhile movement.  Get Involved!

Comments (4)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed this is not the first thing that you have blogged about Essex and their efforts to go Green.  Hopefully more towns in Connecticut will jump on board.

Nov 20, 2008 12:16 PM
William Collins
ERA Queen City Realty - Scotch Plains, NJ
Property and Asset Management


Thanks for the post. This is such a crucial issue to be addressed and yet, I think far too many people have yet to get on board. Posts like this will help spread the word.

Nov 20, 2008 02:43 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Go Green posts are popping up all over the rain!  Good job!

Mike in Tucson

Nov 21, 2008 11:54 PM
Charlie Harden
Columbia, SC

Edward, Going Green is definitely here.  I see that we are seeing a proliferation of advertising now of green friendly products.  That should help get the word out.  Good luck in your community!

Nov 22, 2008 08:14 AM