Established October 27, 2008, the Westford Energy Committee was renamed and given a new charge by the Select Board on February 9, 2021.
The committee’s mission is to guide the town of Westford to a future where, by 2050, net emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases attributable to all sources in town are zero. The committee is charged with identifying short and long-term energy goals; facilitating research studies, projects and collaborations; enlisting the support of residents and businesses; recommending changes to laws and regulations; seeking state and local funding; and recommending any other actions necessary for Westford to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. As part of this mission, the committee will work with other town committees that have an impact on energy use and sustainability to provide advice and expertise on increasing energy efficiency and maximizing the use of clean, renewable energy.
The goals of the committee shall be to reduce energy usage, create self-sufficiency, recommend renewable energy sources, shrink carbon emissions, and assist with the reduction of energy-related costs among municipal, residential, and businesses throughout the town.
This committee may also assist the facilities director on energy-related efforts, and shall assist the permanent town building committee on all town facility projects over $50,000, where energy usage is impacted, by reviewing and potentially recommending alternative energy sources, materials, or other options to be used.