At the last meeting of the Cheshire Town Council, held on July 14, the group appointed a Sustainability Team, with the next step being a town wide push to become more sustainable and efficient.
New Councilwoman Sandra Pavano announced the members of the Sustainability Team that will be tasked with coordinating projects between the Coalition for a Sustainable Cheshire and the Council, along with newly-appointed liaison, Councilor Jim Jinks.
The Team members are Jennifer Dillon, who serves as Cheshire Academy’s Department of History and Sustainability Coordinator, Doug Noble of “Rails to Trails,” Fiona Pearson who serves as co-chair of the Coalition for Sustainable Cheshire, Karen Schnitzer from the Cheshire Land Trust, and Bill Stanley from the Cheshire Economic Development Commission.
“This is really exciting that we are getting the ball rolling on this,” said new member Pearson. “It came as a bit of a surprise to us —we only learned that the team would be announced a few days before.”
For the Coalition, appointing a sustainability team was the next step in getting Cheshire certified as a sustainable town, and Pearson and the other members feel it will only be a matter of time before Cheshire begins to receive some recognition for its efforts.
“Once we are certified, it will only take a matter of time to get Cheshire to the bronze or even silver level certification,” Pearson added. “I’m sure [Town Manager] Sean [Kimball] will be really proud to have something to display in Town Hall showcasing our success.”
According to Pearson, the next meeting for the newly-formed team will be coming up within the next few weeks, and she is excited to get things started.
“Jennifer Dillon is a great addition to the team, she just knows so much,” stated Pearson. “Karen [Shnitzer] will bring so much knowledge about the land trust, and while I haven’t met Bill [Stanley] or Doug [Noble] I am sure we will have a great partnership. I am excited to get together and build off our synergies.”
While the next meeting has no official date yet, the team will begin to review the action items listed under the Sustainable CT program, and see where Cheshire lies on the spectrum of towns that have already registered.
During the meeting, Chairman Rob Oris indicated his support for the team and their upcoming endeavors.
“I support this team and I strongly believe that the people appointed will bring a variety of expertise and perspectives to each meeting,” he said.