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Woodstock Green Mission

Woodstock's Going Green is a program of the town of Woodstock, dedicated to supporting encouraging and assisting Woodstock residents and businesses and the town itself to reduce our impact on the environment through conservation and increased use of green energy options. No members benefit or receive monetary compensation for our efforts.  Our contribution is voluntary and our only rewards are what we can successfully contribute toward a cleaner environment for future generations.

Woodstock Going Green Pledge

I pledge to make at least three environmentally-responsible choices over the next year to preserve, protect, and promote a sustainable future. I pledge to:

  • Use energy efficient lighting. I’ll replace at least 3 light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) wherever possible in my home and office to save me money and energy because CFL light bulbs use 75% less energy and last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs.
  • Recycle more. I’ll recycle all plastic bottles with a neck, cardboard, magazines,
    newspapers, metal and glass food and beverage containers at curbside or at the
    New Fairfield Drop Off Center along with my electronics. I’ll buy recycled products to close the recycling loop.
  • Use clean electricity. I’ll sign up at www.ctclean energyoptions.com to purchase at least 50% of my electricity from clean technologies such as wind or hydro electric power to reduce toxic emissions, foster energy independence, and help the town earn free solar panels for public buildings.
  • Conserve water. I’ll cut my showers shorter by at least 1 minute and run my dishwasher and washing machine only when full, and only on weekends or after 6 pm in the evening when system energy use is less. I won’t let water run while brushing my teeth, and I’ll repair my leaky faucets and running toilets.
  • Use energy efficient transportation. I will carpool, take the train, walk when possible, minimize car trips for shopping and errands, keep my car tires inflated to the proper pressure, empty unnecessary items from my car, limit my air travel to essential trips, or consider buying an energy efficient hybrid car.
  • Minimize energy use by raking rather than blowing leaves, choosing energy star appliances when buying new, or by signing up for the CT Clean Energy program for my electric use. I’ll set my thermostat to no less than 78 in the summer and no more than 68 in the winter or use a programmable thermostat.
  • Compost my leaves, or yard waste, and/or my food waste in my own back yard to reduce the garbage I produce by as much as 20% and make my own nutrient rich organic fertilizer for my lawn or garden.
  • Invest less in a grassy lawn by planting ground cover, reducing my use of pesticides, by using fertilizer and weed killer on my remaining grass no more than twice a year or by planting a buffer garden on my waterfront property.
  • Shop “green” in the grocery store by saying no to both paper and plastic and bringing re-usable bags when I shop, by buying locally-grown and/or organic foods or clothes made from natural fabrics or by purchasing products with minimal-packaging.

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We encourage all households to signup for the Clean Energy Options which is available through your energy provider.