Energy Leadership—Look no Further than Wilton, CT

To the Editor:

The ~200 countries that have recently pledged to Save the Planet and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (aka carbon footprint) have nothing over the Town of Wilton.

Did you know that Wilton is a recognized leader in CT as a Green Energy Community? And, as an early adopter, Wilton has been walking the talk for years.

That’s why the State of Connecticut General Assembly issued a Citation of Service, and Gov. Dannel Malloy made an Official Proclamation acknowledging Bruce Hampson, for his leadership and volunteer contribution as chairman of Wilton’s Energy Commission.

Since 2010, Bruce Hampson, supported strongly by (now retired) first selectman Bill Brennan, were early adopters, leading change in Wilton school and municipal buildings.

After all, energy is sourced and consumed locally. Therefore energy solutions can only be determined one school, one building, one business, and one home, at a time. It must be addressed at the local community level, and that is where Wilton stands out.

Wilton school and municipal buildings have achieved energy reduction goals through 2015, with a stated commitment to achieve a 20-percent energy reduction and 20-percent renewable energy sourcing by 2018. Wilton is on track to achieve these goals.

A few highlights enabling these reductions include a major solar installation on Wilton High School, LED lighting and insulation in several buildings, early adopters of electric car charging stations, and most recently the availability of natural gas (lower carbon footprint than oil) and installation of new efficient boilers.

However, the leadership didn’t just stop with the implementation of energy strategies for the town municipalities and schools.

As of December 2015, the Wilton Energy Commission and Wilton Go Green (your local non-profit), have driven community outreach programs that resulted in a 21-percent participation of Wilton residences and 12-percent of Wilton local businesses that implemented Home Energy Solutions.

There is more to do, particularly on adding more renewable energy to our energy mix. It is with that goal in mind, that these leaders make their last “energy” mark on our town.

In the last few days of their leadership roles, Bruce Hampson and Bill Brennan sponsored a town energy solar program called Solarize™ Wilton, signing a Memorandum of Understanding with CT Energize and SmartPower.

Thanks to our town leadership, Wilton will have reduced energy requirements and energy costs for years to come. For our children, we can all hold our heads up high and know we are doing our share to Save the Planet.

Debra Thompson-Van
Peg Koellmer
Jana Bertkau
Gil Bray
Peter Wrampe

Town Officials Recommending Pay Increases Not Fiscally Responsible

To the Editor:

I have an open question for all of the good folks who sit on the Boards of Selectmen, Education, and Finance, specifically those who seemingly have little problem with continuously pushing for various and sundry pay increases, without corresponding merit for same. Here’s the question:  Might those proposing same consider that there might just be a link at all to the ongoing rises in taxes, or a link to our ever weaker housing market, or a link to the rise in the number of empty stores in the town of Wilton? Another question is, have they noticed that the town budget was voted down in the last election?

Reading about the 2.38-percent increase proposed for school administrators, and the 2.5-percent* for the first selectman, whose chair is hardly warm, somehow makes one suffer under the notion that fiscal responsibility is not high on the list of priorities for those in favor of increase such as these.

Lastly, has anyone else noticed, board members included, that the Wilton Bulletin, in its article on ‘ What Happened in 2015,’ did not mention that the majority of Wiltonians voted against the town budget?

Thomas Curtin