School Committee Approves Energy Policy Revisions to Ratify Current Practice

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The School Committee last Tuesday unanimously approved two revisions to the town’s energy policy that actually ratified current practice.

One provision is that the town purchase 100 percent renewable energy for operations. Also, as part of the guidelines for construction and renovation, a primary goal is minimizing the use of fossil fuels to run the buildings.

The changes were recommended by Bedford’s original Net Zero Advisory Council as part of a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from town buildings. The updates actually were approved by the selectmen in March before government meetings were suspended by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dan Bostwick, who chairs the town Energy and Sustainability Committee, briefed the School Committee on the context for the updates.

The first town energy policy was adopted in 2011, he said, with the current rendition approved in 2018. This version was completely rewritten and reviewed by building principals and town department heads, Bostwick said and includes use of the latest technology.

“We’re ahead of the curve in making this commitment,” commented member Sarah Scoville. Her colleague Ann Guay said the new addition at John Glenn Middle School followed the revised policies and is working out well.

In answer to a question from member Joann Santiago, Bostwick noted that under the current electricity contract for municipal and school buildings, energy is 100 percent green and costs are less than what was being spent under the previous agreement.

Mike Rosenberg can be reached at mike@thebedfordcitizen.org, or 781-983-1763
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