Letter: Let’s talk zero waste

To the Editor: Zero waste refers to planning approaches which emphasize waste prevention as opposed to end-of-use waste management. While this maybe a lofty goal, I think we can all admit a little waste reduction can go a long way. So here is a quick and easy no-guilt guide. First, try to buy unpackaged versions of your regular purchases. For … read more

Zoning commission considers new rules on green-energy systems

Wind power, geothermal home-heating, and solar — ground mounted, pole mounted, roof mounted, and even wall mounted arrays— all went up for debate in front of the Planning and Zoning Commission at its March 19 public hearing. The hearing was an informal session for the commission to gather information as it plans new zoning rules to regulate solar panels and … read more

Anti-fracking law: Petitioners seek town meeting

Petitioners are collecting signatures to call a town meeting to consider adoption of an anti-fracking ordinance — one that would not only prohibit oil and gas fracking in town, but restrict the use of by-products from the process. “The ‘fracking waste’ petition has been met with huge support from people and businesses around town,” petition organizer Michael Gargiulo told The … read more

Sustainability efforts earn town recognition

With a broad array of actions to foster an environmentally sustainable way of life, Ridgefield was one of 17 Connecticut towns to earn a bronze certification from Sustainable CT. Steps ranging from cleanup of the Schlumberger property, to having an active plan to acquire and preserve open spaces, to the effort to promote local retail shopping, to a variety of … read more

Fracking ordinance heads to voters March 21

Despite drawing some vocal skepticism, a proposed town ordinance regulating waste from fracking — the hydraulic fracturing process used to extract oil and gas from the ground — is headed to Ridgefield voters later this month. “Has this happened anywhere in town?” asked Scott DeYoung. A chemical engineer, DeYoung was dubious when the selectmen scheduled a March 21 public hearing … read more

Town joins ‘collaborative’ Sustainable Connecticut

Ridgefield has joined Sustainable Connecticut, a voluntary alliance of towns committed to  sustainability practices ranging from renewable energy and water conservation to housing diversity and shopping local. “Sustainable CT communities strive to be thriving, resilient, collaborative and forward looking,” reads a resolution approved by the Board of Selectmen. The selectmen passed the resolution Thursday, Feb. 8, making Ridgefield among 20 … read more

C-PACE energy financing approved by town meeting

Energy efficiency upgrades — solar panels, insulated windows, better boilers, reflective roofs — should be easier to finance for commercial and multi-family buildings in Ridgefield, with the town now in the Connecticut Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (C-PACE). Town participation in C-PACE, as the program is usually called, was unanimously approved by special town meeting of about 20 Ridgefielders Feb. … read more

Selectmen consider energy task force

A Ridgefield Energy Task Force to “promote resource conservation, energy efficiency and explore means to reduce the carbon footprint of the community” is under consideration by the selectmen. The concept was put forward by the Ridgefield Action Committee for the Environment (RACE). “There would be an emphasis on strategies that save both energy and money,” a mission statement presented to … read more

State budget won’t impact school solar projects

The new state budget’s plan to cut funding for the Connecticut Green Bank shouldn’t affect town plans to put solar panels on the roof of Branchville Elementary School, or Scotts Ridge Middle School and Barlow Mountain Elementary School down the line, said Ridgefield Action Committee for the Environment member Dwayne Escola. “The ZREC funding is secure, as in the end … read more

‘Before the Flood’ director talk Oct. 1

The Ridgefield Playhouse will host a screening of the documentary Before the Flood on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. The proceeds from the screening, which will include a question and answer session with producer and director Fisher Stevens, will go to the Woodcock Nature Center and the Norwalk River Watershed Association. Ridgefield Action Committee for the Environment (RACE) and … read more

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