The Village of Howard’s Go Green Save Green Taskforce recently created its first Energy Action Plan to set benchmarks regarding greenhouse gas emissions. The Village completed its first Carbon Footprint Report in October and utilized the data to establish target goals. The Go Green Save Green Taskforce will work to provide recommendations to the Village Board on green initiatives that will reduce the carbon footprint. In 2008, the Village of Howard government operations emitted over two million pounds of carbon dioxide. The Village of Howard seeks to reduce these emissions by 25% by 2020. Furthermore, the Village registered as an Energy Independent Community and committed to convert 25% of its energy use to renewable sources by 2020.

The Village is eager to calculate its 2009 carbon footprint early next year to see the impact of the initiatives launched by the efforts of the Go Green Save Green Taskforce. Such initiatives include:
-Regulating Village Hall and Public Works heating/cooling temperature settings.
-Purchasing three LED streetlights for installation on Howard Boulevard.
-Purchasing two flex-fuel vehicles, one of which is using E-85 fuel exclusively.

The Go Green Save Green Taskforce is always looking for more members; if you have an interest in helping the environment through community efforts, please call Jennifer at Village Hall: (920) 434-4640.

To view the Carbon Footprint Report, Energy Action Plan, or to calculate your own carbon footprint, visit the Go Green Save Green webpage at:
http://www.villageofhoward.com/go-green_save-green.cfm

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