Sustainability and Energy Needs

Energy Efficiency

Buildings and construction account for nearly 40% of all carbon emissions with nearly 30% derived from building operations alone. Many countries have united in setting a target of net zero emissions by 2050. Achieving such a goal requires hitting milestone reductions between now and then. Achieving this goal incudes increasing reliance on renewables and energy efficiency.

Renewable Energy Tax Benefits

Town hereby authorizes the property tax exemption for solar energy heating or cooling systems.This exemption covers any building the construction of which is commenced on or after November 1, 2006, and before November 1, 2026, which is equipped with:

  • Solar energy (active and passive)
  • Photo voltaic systems
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems
  • Fuel cell systems
  • Wind mills
  • Water wheels
  • Hydrogen generator systems
  • Heating and/or cooling system to the extent of the amount by which the assessed valuation of such real property equipped with such heating and/or cooling system exceeds the assessed valuation of such real property equipped with the conventional portion of the heating and/or cooling system, exclusive of any portion of such system related to solar energy. This exemption shall only apply to the first twenty (20) assessment years following construction of such building or addition.



It is estimated that by the year 2045, most cars on the road will be electric or fuel cell-powered.  Businesses can consider hosting a charging site, to help grow the EV charging infrastructure in our community, and purchase electric vehicles (EV) for business and personal use.

Best Practice Reusables

Using less single-use products both reduces waste, helps the environment, and offers cost savings. Asking customers to “opt-in” for single-use items such as straws and cutlery and only giving out such items upon request will reduce overall product quantities and costs. Consider using reusable products for dine-in customers.  All of these strategies can increase your bottom line, offer sustainable marketing appeal, and help climate change.    

Material Management

Food Waste Management

Food accounts for nearly 35% of all solid waste. Understand legislation on food waste disposal and consider options to separate food waste from your regular trash.  

Food surplus?  Consider having your excess healthy food transferred to social service agencies to address food insecurity.