Committee: Hinesburg Sustainability and Energy Planning
Co-Chairs: Dawn Francis, Kevin Francis
Facilitator: Paul Costello
Resource Team Members: Ellen Kahler, Deb Sachs
A Task Force should be developed to consider the community and economic development sustainability of Hinesburg. The committee would work in community energy planning and consider actions that will enhance the long-term viability and welfare of the town and its residents.
Action Steps: PLEASE INDICATE ACTION STEPS IN ORDER OF PRIORITY.
1. Build a common definition of sustainability and identify its key components.
2. Determine Hinesburg’s baseline by conducting an energy use assessment.
3. Create a light bulb exchange project to get compact fluorescents into all homes.
4. Identify elements necessary to develop a PR/communications plan, including the papers,
town web site, speakers, and electronic components like the Front Porch Forum.
6. Compile a set of resources to be housed at an accessible site, such as the library.
Resources may include books, videos, and website links.
7. Address issues within the transportation system, including school bus ridership, and end
the idling of vehicles. A theme could help promote this: “Hinesburg is no place for
idlers.” A commuter parking lot could be an eventual goal.
8. Establish a subcommittee in priority areas to research and take action.
1. Provide educational opportunities for committee members and the community to learn
more about conservation and sustainability.
2. Create a motto, like “Hinesburg, the Green Town” and build excitement around the issues
and the sustainability campaign. Establish a Speakers Bureau as part of the community
2. Communicate with existing governmental and private organizations by participating in
meetings with or individual memberships on the DRB, Conservation Commission and
3. Conduct an efficiency inventory of town buildings to determine current status and address
4. Investigate existing models of community planning around sustainability and energy.
5. Work to get Energy Star requirements for new building permits. Send a letter as a
committee to selectboard recommending this regulation. Provide support around
attaining grants or other incentives to support new builders in constructing energy
6. Connect with youth to utilize their skills and ideas.
7. Set small goals and a yearly goal for carbon reduction in Hinesburg, and celebrate
progress every step of the way.
8. Network with other groups and stay informed about the economic and social impacts of
1. Grants for up to $2,500 can be obtained from the New England Grass Roots
Environmental Fund (NGEF)
2. NRG Systems
3. VT Energy and Climate Action Network/10% Challenge
4. Empowerment Institute
5. Local publications like the South County Sentinel, Hinesburg Record, the town web site
and Front Porch Forum could be used for public relations.
6. Interfaith Power and Light
7. Efficiency Vermont
8. Contact utilities to help identify key energy users.
9. Hinesburg Businesses and Professional Association, and the Town Plan
10. VT Earth Institute provides a course on climate change that was beneficial for legislators.
11. VT Association of Realtors
12. Chittenden Solid Waste District.
13. Green building information can be obtained from the Renewable Energy Resource
Center of VT (which also has incentives funds for solar development), Buildings for
Social Responsibility, and the Green Building Network.
14. Contact the University of Vermont to explore placement of an intern.
Next Meeting Date, Place and Time: January 10 - 7:00 pm, Place TBD