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Peterborough’s energy achievements honored

  • The town of Peterborough was given the 2016 Green Medal for Local Energy Achievements by the League of Conservation Voters at the Select Board meeting Tuesday. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, August 22, 2016

The town of Peterborough has been honored for its longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship and energy sustainable operations by a coalition of environmental groups.

The town was presented with the 2016 Green Medal for Local Energy Achievements during a Select Board meeting last Tuesday. Presenter Rob Werner, the NH State Director for the League of Conservation Voters said Peterborough was given the award for setting a positive example for other municipalities in the state.

“This town has been an inspiration to the city of Concord,” said Werner, who is also a city councilor in Concord. Werner said the city will construct a solar array similar to Peterborough’s in the near future.

Werner said Peterborough was among three towns – Hollis and Keene are the others – to receive the award. In addition to Peterborough’s solar array, Werner said the award recognizes the town’s strategy on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, good environmental policies, and efforts to use green technology to save money.

Selectwoman Barbara Miller said she was happy for the town to receive the award, but added that the town does not promote green initiatives for recognition.

“Our goal is to do what is in the best interest of our taxpayers,” said Miller. “In all of our visioning forums, energy efficiency something that always comes up.”

Miller said additional green initiatives are being looked into. Hydropower and using solar to light the town and heat benches are all things the town could pursue in the future. “It feels good to be on the forefront,” said Miller. “I think the town serves as an example.”

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.