Sustainability

The Sustainability Committee meets every 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Executive Conference Room on the second floor of City Hall.

Sustainability Committee Adopted RES 35-16 Amending City of Somersworth Sustainability Committee.

Scott Orzechowski, Chair and Conservation Commission representative
email: scott.orzechowski@comcast.net

 

 

Sarah McGraw

Doug Watson, Community Member at Large
email: pdougw-hifi@comcast.com

Mike Bobinsky, City Manager Designee

Vacant,  High School student representative

Vacant, Planning Board Representative

See Minutes of Past Meetings http://www.somersworth.com/agenda-and-minutes/sustainability-committee/

Sustainability Tips

Rain Barrel Do-it-Yourself Fact Sheet, New Hampshire Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater Management, Do-It-Yourself Stormwater Solutions For Your Home, Soak Up the Rain New Hampshire, March 2016 (PDF)

  • Many devices consume electricity even when they are turned off.  It’s called “standby mode.”  It provides minor advantages, such as allowing you to turn the device on via remote control, but it also increases the amount of electricity you are consuming (and paying for).  A (very) few devices require constant power in order to retain data (older answering machines, for example).  You can plug everything else into a surge suppressor (power strip).  Once you have turned off the devices, turn off the strip.
  • Plastic shopping bags are petroleum products.  Each bag requires oil for the material and energy to manufacture it.  Moreover, they are light-weight and easily blown or floated long distances.  The plastic ends up in the ocean, where it is ingested by fish, which you in turn ingest.  Plastic bags take a long time to decay, so that once they get into the open, they have a lot of time to make it to the ocean and make things unsightly in the meantime.  Keep a few fabric bags in your car, so that when you decide to stop at the store, you have the bags with you.  Just remember to wash them on occasion.

Useful Links

http://www.nhfarmtoschool.org

http://seacoasteatlocal.org

http://blog.epa.gov/blog/category/epa-new-england


UNH released two climate change reports.  Below is the link to the report that focuses on southern New Hampshire.

EARTH CLIMATE CHANGES. It always has and always will. However, an extensive and growing body of scientific evidence indicates that human activities—including the burning of fossil fuel (coal, oil, and natural gas) for energy, clearing of forested lands for agriculture, and raising livestock—are now the primary force driving change in the Earth’s climate system. This report describes how the climate of southern New Hampshire has changed over the past century and how the future climate of the region will be affected by a warmer planet due to human activities.”

http://climatesolutionsne.org/sites/climatesolutionsne.org/files/2014_southernnh_climate_assessment_unhsi_csne_gsf.pdf

Rain Barrel Do-it-Yourself Fact Sheet, New Hampshire Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater Management, Do-It-Yourself Stormwater Solutions For Your Home, Soak Up the Rain New Hampshire, March 2016 (PDF)