New Castle council signs mayors climate protection agreement
New Castle became the second town in Garfield County to sign on to the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement Tuesday night. Glenwood Springs signed the agreement in December. The nonbinding agreement lets communities tailor their own action plan to increase energy efficiency and address global warming.New Castle Mayor Frank Breslin said he was skeptical about the plan but voted to sign on.”I had reservations about it,” he said, especially after he saw the plan adopted by Glenwood Springs City Council, which calls for a greenhouse gas inventory of city residences, commercial buildings and vehicles and evaluating them for energy efficiency.”When I saw the Glenwood action plan I realized how authoritarian it looked,” he said. “To me, at face value, it looked trendy and superficial.”He has said the town can come up with its own grassroots plan that is specific to its needs. Breslin said the national plan does not address water quality. “This whole climate thing is about air and air quality,” he said. He said it’s important for the town to take steps to mitigate water runoff from town streets into nearby ponds and creeks “which are major point sources of pollution.”However, with the majority of town board members in favor of signing the agreement Breslin acquiesced, but with a caution.”If we sign … we need to stick to it,” he said. He said board members need to take steps in their own homes, such as eliminating the use of chemical lawn fertilizer. He’d also like to see an experimental composting operation by a town employee expand.New Castle will come up with an action plan with the help of the New Castle Environmental Advisory Board, a group of residents who support the mayors agreement. In a letter to the Post Independent in Tuesday’s paper, the group said, “We want to join the cities that are taking action toward healthier environments and those who are showing that our Earth is worth whatever it takes.” The letter was signed by Eileen and Glenn Wysocki, Doug DiNio, Suzie Romig and Dave Schroeder.Bob Millette, who with former Glenwood Springs City Councilman Rick Davis, presented the mayors agreement to the New Castle board two weeks ago, applauded the move.”It makes a political statement that New Castle wants to be more concerned with energy efficiency and global warming,” he said.Millette, who is chairman of the Cool Communities group, a citizens group that is urging local communities to sign on to the mayors agreement, said, “I want to commend the mayor and the council for taking this step.”In addition to Glenwood Springs, Aspen, Basalt, Telluride, Gunnison and Boulder have also signed the mayors agreement, along with 330 cities nationwide.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.orgPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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