Over time, we have made significant steps towards doing so.
We switched many of the Town's Street Lights to LEDs, dramatically reducing our energy consumption, and saving the town money we can use for other purposes.
We switched our purchase of electricity to MCE Deep Green, so that we eliminated 100% of all emissions associated with our electricity consumption.
We were able to obtain a pro bono energy and electrification assessment, giving us a roadmap to eliminating our burning of methane.
The virus derailed this work, like so many things, but our new staff have begun making progress.
We have a new proposal to consider upgrading the remainder of our older street lights to LEDs. Again, this will save the town both energy and money (though, because we are buying 100% renewable electricity, this will not, in an accounting sense, reduce our emissions).
We have now installed needed electricity to replace the water heater and stove in the Women's Center with electric versions, and we are looking at additional upgrades to make this building totally electric.
And, last night, the Climate Action Committee recommended that the Town adopt a purchasing policy for vehicles, to tilt the playing field towards zero-emission vehicles.
The Town of Fairfax has declared a Climate Emergency, and we have set ourselves a very ambitious goal of reaching zero emissions by 2030. This goal asks a lot of all of us. It is critically important that the Town itself provide the leadership to show people that we are serious, and that it is possible.
And we are.
Thank you to the Council and Staff of our Town. Lets join them!