Meeting minutes, March 19, 2009

Meeting minutes
March 19, 2009

Attending: Pat Larson, Annette Suzor, Steve and Janice Kurkoski, Phil Delorey, Linda Paquet, Cathy Stanton, Cara Cleveland, Brian Nugent


• Cara just passed her LEED certification exam!
• The Barre selectboard approved a new energy committee, with both Jinx and Howard as members.
• The Town of Athol just got a $290,000 DOER grant for energy upgrades to town buildings.
• Coop Power and other organizations are sponsoring the annual Energy Summit on May 1 and 2 at UMass/Amherst. We will inquire about having a winsert table on Saturday for Brian to do demos, and will revisit this topic on April 8.
• The Athol Master Plan would like to incorporate an “Energy and Green Development” segment
• A new energy committee may be forming in Royalston. The Warwick committee has been asked to act as a mentor for this group.

Home Show
We are set for volunteers for Friday afternoon. Tables will be picked up at the Athol Town Hall at 4 p.m. People putting out signs can pick them up any time during the week at the Chamber of Commerce. These need to be put up on Friday evening, taken down Sunday morning, and returned to the Chamber sometime during the week.
We have various handouts and brochures, including the food brochure made by Linda Paquet. Jane Manring has made buttons for us to wear and/or give away. Pat is working on getting light bulbs, MassSave brochures, EnergyStar appliance info, etc. We will print our own brochure with energy-saving tips and a pledge form for people to sign. We have a number of prizes to give away as door prizes for those who fill out the pledge form. Cathy will do the final printing on Friday afternoon.
Speaker posters are ready to be posted. These and posters about the recycling raffle have also been emailed to people on our list.
Phil Delorey will try to get easels to display materials, and will coordinate this with Cathy.
Rick Innes is bringing bins for compostable materials. Pat will pick up recycling bins on Monday. Linda will make signs for the bins. Compostable utensils have been ordered through the Chamber of Commerce.
We may make a poster telling people about “Earth Hour” (March 28, 8:30-9:30 p.m.).

Future meeting plans
We may try to take a field trip to the Wendell library to see their “green” features. We could combine this with a picnic in warmer weather, perhaps in June. Our planned potluck at Linda Paquet’s house on May 3 will be changed to May 9. We will meet at 3 p.m. for a tour followed by a potluck dinner.

River Rat Race
Janice will see about registering for the race, but Pat Roix may not be able to paddle in the race. We will talk on April 8 about this event.

Next meeting
Wednesday, April 8, 6 p.m. for a potluck supper followed by meeting. Millers River Environmental Center.


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