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Camden library holds discussion on municipal energy

Apr 21, 2021
Courtesy of: Dave Morrison Camden Public Library and the Camden Energy Committee will invite local leaders to discuss municipal energy use May 6.

Camden — The Camden Public Library and Camden Energy Committee continue their series, “Let’s Talk About Energy,” online Thursday, May 6, at 6 p.m. In part 3 of this series, the focus will shift to municipal energy use. This program will look at what the town government is doing to combat climate change through energy savings and an increasing reliance on renewable and alternative inputs. Email jpierce@librarycamden.org to request a Zoom link to attend.

“What can we do as a community to reach Maine’s goal of reducing emissions by 45% over the next ten years and 80% by 2050?” said Nancy Harmon Jenkins, of the Camden Energy Committee. “For this session, we’ve gathered a panel of individuals who can speak to how different public sectors are approaching this goal.”

Audra Caler, Camden’s town manager, will discuss measures the town has taken to update infrastructure, from the streets to town building interiors. She’ll touch on recent projects related to the library, opera house, and the Snow Bowl. Caler will talk about what the future holds for town energy, and describe what efforts are being considered for essentials like police cruisers, snowplows, and street graders.

The school district, separate from town government but still relying on local taxes, has been the benefit of considerable changes in its energy infrastructure over the last decade with solar panels, wind turbines, and general systems upgrades. Keith Rose, now retired, was facilities director for all three Camden schools for many years and oversaw the development of most of the efficiency projects at the schools, including lighting upgrades, geothermal heating systems, solar panels, and wind turbines. Rose will discuss the benefits of these upgrades and what comes next.

Beedy Parker has been Camden’s unofficial “tree person” for several decades, and she argues cogently that trees are not just for beautification but also have a big role to play in mitigating climate change. Parker will talk about Camden’s great tree heritage and the value of maintaining the town’s legacy of public green spaces.

The audience will also hear from Davis Saltonstall, sustainability coordinator for the City of Rockland. Saltonstall will describe his role for the town of Rockland and talk about the need for greater inter-communication among Midcoast communities who face the same challenges.

For more on this and other Camden Public Library Programs, visit librarycamden.org.

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