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Mission of the York Energy Efficiency Committee

Our mission is to respond to the global warming crisis by promoting energy efficiency, alternative energy, and environmental initiatives throughout the town of York, Maine.
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Survey for curbside composting service

Please consider filling out this extremely brief online survey if you haven’t already:

Dear Residents of York,

We are Sydney Fogg and Mary Kocev, eighth grade members of the greenhouse group at York Middle School. Since fall of 2014, our school has been composting. Grades 5-8 sort their lunch waste each day. Every Monday, Mr. . . . → Read More: Survey for curbside composting service

Vote on Nov. 3 to reduce plastic bag waste

Approved by the Board of Selectmen 5-0, Article 7, a ban on single-use plastic carryout bags, will be on the ballot November 3. Voting is at York High School between 8 AM and 8 PM.

Ways You Can Help Pass the York Bag Ordinance

Canvass for Support. You can help by volunteering . . . → Read More: Vote on Nov. 3 to reduce plastic bag waste

Tips for remembering your reusable shopping bags

From Bring Your Own Bag York (http://www.byobyork.com/):

Ways to help you remember to bring your reusable bags: Keep bags in the car where you can see them. Remember that your unloading job is not done until the bags are back in the car. Keep a spare bag folded up in your purse, briefcase, backpack or . . . → Read More: Tips for remembering your reusable shopping bags

Plastic bag facts

From Bring Your Own Bag York (http://www.byobyork.com/):

Bring Your Own Bag York, a new citizen initiative

An important effort to protect our environment:

Bring Your Own Bag York, a citizen action committee, launches initiative to encourage use of reusable shopping bags –

In an effort to combat the escalating plastic pollution crisis – a new citizen action committee has formed to address the use of plastic shopping bags. Calling themselves and . . . → Read More: Bring Your Own Bag York, a new citizen initiative

How Green is My State

According to the following infographic, it appears that Maine is pretty good in some environmental categories (CO2 emissions, recycling, water quality, and renewables), but not so good in others (mass transit and gasoline consumption).

. Produced by MPHOnline.org

Hard Plastic Bottles, Reborn as a Bridge

A recently-built bridge in York was constructed from more environmentally friendly materials. From the Dec. 2, 2011 New York Times:

The town of York, Me., is putting up what could be a bridge to a better future, not because of it where it goes but because of what it is made of: plastic.

Plastic . . . → Read More: Hard Plastic Bottles, Reborn as a Bridge

Working to make clean energy a top local priority

The following is a copy of a guest editorial in the May 6-19, 2011 York Independent (http://www.yorkindependent.net/) written by YEEC member Victoria Simon.

In a publication titled “Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go?” the National Priorities Project informs us that environment, energy and science receive 3 cents for every tax dollar. That includes research on . . . → Read More: Working to make clean energy a top local priority

No energy fair this year in York

For a variety of reasons, the York Energy Efficiency Committee will not be hosting an energy fair this year. However, the good folks in Portsmouth, N.H., will be holding their fourth annual Sustainability Fair on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. This year it is at a new location, Portsmouth Little . . . → Read More: No energy fair this year in York

Green colleges lead the way

The Princeton Review in partnership with the US Green Building Council publishes a Guide to 311 Green Colleges. The report highlights what it considers the “most eco-friendly campuses,” detailing “vital stats on sustainability, including Green majors, Green job placement, getting around Green on campus, and more.”

The Princeton Review notes that “among 8,200 college applicants . . . → Read More: Green colleges lead the way

Interested in recycling?

Victoria Simon, member of YEEC, is coordinating a visit to the Rochester Waste Management site to observe the recycling process from the point at which the trucks arrive.

We will meet at the York Park and Ride at 2 PM on Friday, Feb. 11, to car pool. We will be meeting and talking with operations . . . → Read More: Interested in recycling?

Plastic Pollution

Victoria Simon, a member of the York Energy Efficiency Committee, wrote the following article for the Dec. 17-30, 2010, issue of the York Independent. Find it at http://www.yorkindependent.net/

Plastic pollution realities

According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually.(Estimated cost to retailers is $4 billion).Plastic is the . . . → Read More: Plastic Pollution

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