City of Newton
Newton Citizens Commission on Energy
Katherine Gekas -Chair, Ira Krepchin, Deb Crossley, John Bliss Arvin Grabel, Lawrence Kaufman, Eric Olson, Lorraine Kohr
David B. Cohen Mayor
Telephone (617) 796-1605 c/o Public Buildings Department 52 ELLIOT STREET NEWTON HIGHLANDS, MA 02461-1605
The next meeting of the Newton Citizens Commission on Energy will be held on: Monday evening, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. PUBLIC BUILDINGS DEPARTMENT CONFERENCE ROOM, 52 ELLIOT STREET
New Business to be Discussed Source Reduction Initiative (SRI) Communication received from Linda Walden, SRI Coordinator offering to discuss the City’s Source Reduction Initiative (http://www.ci.newton.ma.us/dpw/default.asp) and how these efforts can tie into the Commission’s Energy Action Plan project. Unfinished Business to be Discussed (Climate) Energy Action Plan Communication received from Commission Chair Katherine Gekas recommending the Commission encourage high performance design. An example would be the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. Commission should take the lead in preparing a (climate) energy action plan as a way to save energy. 1) Mayor Cohen has established a Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee (CPAC). Commission member Crossley is a member of this Committee. 2) See http://www.townofbrooklinemass.com/Conservation/climatechange.html 3) See http://www.massclimateaction.org/pdf/PortlandORActionPlan.pdf 4) Summary of 1998 ICLEI inventory for Newton (baseline year). Action suggested – Amelia Ravin has prepared drafts of: 1) Vision Statement 2) Introduction to the Energy Action Plan 3) Chapter One: Energy Efficiency. The Commission needs to comment and sign-off on these drafts. The Commission needs to provide direction on the next chapters: Renewable Energy, and Transportation/Land Use. Amelia’s schedule is to relase the full draft by 8/1/2003. Unfinished Business Held for Study Energy Commission Vacancy Communication received from Katherine Gekas forwarding the name of Helina Brown as a candidate to replace Tim Clark. Status – Forwarded to Mayor. Tim Clark was Executive appointment. Community Preservation Plan/ Community Preservation Committee Communication received from Deb Crossley recommending review of the Community Preservation Plan as it relates to the goals of the Energy Commission. The plan is on the city website www.ci.newton.ma.us - Do a page search on "Community Preservation Committee ” (CPC). Status – Memo sent on 6/3/03 to CPC chair Jeffrey Sacks from Katherine Gekas. (Agenda continued on next page)
Newton South High School Reports and Policy Directives Communication received from Nicole Wobus, Mass Energy Consumers Alliance (South High School Project Coordinator for Green Schools Grant effort) requesting the Energy Commission recommend adoption of six policy directives by the School Committee. These “district resolutions” are part of the Massachusetts High Performance Schools rating system (www.chps.net). They are: Integrate high performance goals into district (school) planning; Establish an Indoor Air Quality Management Plan; Establish a Maintenance Plan; Purchase only ENERGY STAR equipment and appliances; Purchase Green Power; Utilize natural gas vehicles (such as school buses). Status– Need to determine how to successfully forward to School Committee. Energy Education Module Communication received from Commission member Eric Olson reporting on his efforts with the Newton Public Schools to implement an “energy education module”. Status - Tie into process with School Department for above item. Any other business that is properly brought to the Commission’s meeting. -END OF AGENDA – Planning Resources Electric Restructuring Update Jaime Kopke, Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, recommending an “electric restructuring update” be distributed to all Newton. Commission discussed alternative of NSTAR hosting an conference/trade show. Waiting NSTAR response on “smart energy exposition and green pricing letters of 3/4/2003.” Electric Aggregation Opportunities for Newton Municipal aggregation report. Presentation by Larry Chretien, Executive Director, Mass. Energy Consumers Alliance (MECA) and Tim Woolf, Synapse Energy Economics on 4/22/02. See http://www.synapse-energy.com/publications.htm “Green Power and Energy Efficiency Opportunities for Municipalities in Massachusetts” (Note: Commission discussed comments by Scott Ridley –7/19/02 email to Commission – and whether or not to recommend further study of opportunities). Waiting DTE proceedings results. Letter sent requesting DTE assistance. Newton North High School Green Schools Feasibility Study Communication received from Paul Brown, A.I.A. of Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc. submitting an initial list of items proposed to be included in the Green Schools study for North High School. “Some items will need to wait, pending the findings of the Task Force. For example, adding a gray water capture system to the existing building is probably less feasible, due to higher costs, than adding the same system to a new building.” Status – Comments forwarded to DRA. Status- Green Design Feasibility Study on hold until North High School moves forward. LEED Certification Communication received from Energy Commission Chair Katherine Gekas recommending the Commission discuss with Mark Webster, LEED Accredited Architect, how to accelerate high performance design requirements into City Policy. EAP Opportunity. Develop incentive program such as LEED Certified Development Plans are given priority in review process. Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Million Solar Roofs Partnership David Del Porto and Ira Krepchin, Co-chairs of the above committee Green Building Rating System U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. Energy Efficiency, Conservation and Clean Renewable Sources 1) 12/17/01 memo from Eric Olson concerning energy use in Newton’s Public Schools. 2) Brookline and Medford Climate Action Plans as examples 3) “A Framework for Newton’s Planning” as a base. 4) “Steps toward Sustainability” by Walter Simpson of the University of Buffalo. Energy Bulletins Low/cost no cost directions to the operators and occupants of City buildings. This can be by regular “bulletins” from the School Superintendent, Mayor, Department Heads and Principals.