Recognizing the need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and the need to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, the mission of the Beverly Clean Energy Advisory Committee is to promote the use of emerging clean energy technologies in the city by encouraging projects using clean energy techniques, developing a clean energy strategy for the City, and educating the city and its residents about clean energy technology. In
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, a Clean Energy Advisory Committee will be established to assess The City of Beverlys’ exposure to rising energy costs and make recommendations to address vulnerabilities. The CEAC will be lead and staffed by an appointed committee as established by ordinance and will coordinate with the Executive Staff, Department of Public Works, Transportation, City Planning and School Department and other applicable bureaus. It will include up to 7 members representing a broad range of community and business interests.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the CEAC charge is:
a. To acquire and study current and credible data and information on the issues of peak oil, coal and natural gas production and the related economic and other societal consequences;
b. To seek community and business input on the impacts and proposed solutions;
c. To develop recommendations to City Council in the calendar year on strategies the City and its bureaus can take to mitigate the impacts of declining energy supplies in areas including, but not limited to: transportation, business and home energy use, water, food security, health care, communications, land use planning, and wastewater treatment. These recommendations will be considered in conjunction with efforts related to a Local Action Plan on Climate Change and integrated into citywide long term strategic planning; and
d. To propose methods of educating the public about this issue in order to create positive behavior change among businesses and residents that reduce dependence on fossil fuels