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What Do You Think? Fairfield Asks For Input On Sustainability Draft

First Selectman Mike Tetreau, left, and Fairfield Clean Energy Task Force Chair Scott Thompson discuss sustainability in Fairfield.
First Selectman Mike Tetreau, left, and Fairfield Clean Energy Task Force Chair Scott Thompson discuss sustainability in Fairfield. Photo Credit: Town of Fairfield

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Fairfield’s Clean Energy Task Force is drafting its first-ever sustainability master plan — and they want to know what you think about it.

On Friday, First Selectman Mike Tetreau invited residents to review and comment on the initial draft of the plan, which details specific initiatives for safeguarding Fairfield’s natural and built environments, natural resources and quality of life.

The Sustainability Plan can be found on the Clean Energy Task Force’s webpage . Comments on the plan can be e-mailed to fairfieldcleanenergy@gmail.com.

Residents may also attend two public forums on the plan: 10:30 a.m., Saturday., Jan. 27, at Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, or 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at Fairfield Warde High School Library Media Center, 755 Melville Avenue.

The task force’s draft includes input from town officials and other stakeholders and focuses on 10 areas: air, the built environment, education and outreach, energy, financial management, food, the natural environment, transportation, waste management and water.

“In recent years, the town, with the support of citizen volunteers, has launched numerous sustainability initiatives focusing on good stewardship of Fairfield’s natural and built settings, renewable energy and environmentally friendly transportation, water quality and waste management and many other areas,” Tetreau said. “Along with the environmental benefits, these efforts are also yielding significant savings to our town.

“Because Fairfield’s citizens are crucial to the long-term impact and success of these efforts, we’re eager to ensure that our community has a strong voice in the planning process.”

The plan describes both short- and long-term goals in each of the focus areas, and also shows how Fairfield’s residents can join the ongoing efforts to improve community sustainability.

“We hope residents will review our plan closely, let us know how to make it even stronger and more complete and lend their active support to the cause of making Fairfield more healthful and sustainable for current and future generations,” said Scott Thompson, CETF chairman.

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