Sustainable Woodstock’s four community gardens help to reduce food miles for more than 100 residents.
We participated with other community groups in the test of the cow-powered Full Circle Trolley in 2010.
Sustainable Woodstock’s active and energetic Energy Group tackles many pressing community problems and equips individual citizens to make changes at home. They are focused on strategies to promote energy efficiency, conserve energy, and develop and use renewable energy sources. They work with residents, businesses, education institutions and municipal affairs.
At the Town level, the committee is helping the town to address the goals laid out in Woodstock’s Town Plan.
In 2010, the Energy Group produced an energy handbook [this is a Microsoft Word document with resources and suggestions] and an Sustainable Woodstock Energy Estimator [an Excel Worksheet] that contain resources tailored specifically to our local community. Here are some of the group’s ongoing projects:
- In 2010, the Energy Group worked with Town officials and residents to launch several projects to meet a 10% Challenge to reduce energy usage: an energy audit of Town Hall (download a copy of the audit report here); development of a PV proposal for the town garage; and discussion of a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) district for Woodstock. These projects are ongoing.
- The Energy Group is helping to coordinate energy upgrades to the Union Arena Community Center. The project is funded through a grant from an anonymous donor.
- Joining with the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce, the Woodstock Economic Development Commission and the Village Business Alliance, we’re building local participation in the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership. This is a statewide effort to promote environmental sustainability among Vermont businesses.
To learn more: If you want to get involved in any of these initiatives, please contact Chris Miller.
Transportation Action Group
The Transportation Action Group has been revisiting the village-to-high-school bike path and exploring alternative transportation options, such as rental bikes and Rideshare. They are helping to promote the Full Circle Trolley, a fully-electric trolley powered by Cow Power from CVPS offering residents and visitors free rides around the village during summer and fall months.
To learn more: If you want to get involved in any of these initiatives, please contact Sally Miller.