History of Wilton Go Green

Incorporated in 2010, Wilton Go Green is a 501(c)(3) created by a group of citizens eager to engage the community of Wilton, CT in sustainable initiatives.

We came together in the fall of 2009 as a committee of the Wilton Energy Commission charged with putting on the first Wilton Go Green Festival. Sharing a mutual passion for conservation and sustainability, we wanted to create a fun, informative day for people to learn about the simple steps they can take to make better use of energy, money and our scarce resources. We found that many organizations in and around our town were eager to participate from non-profits and corporations, to pre-schools and faith communities. With over 80 exhibitors, 20 workshops and more than 1,000 attendees, the Festival was a huge success.

And so, this group of volunteers spun-off from the Wilton Energy Commission to establish Wilton Go Green, Inc. Our goal is to develop a wide range of sustainable initiatives in cooperation with the Town and other area nonprofits.

Our Vision- Wilton will be the most environmentally sustainable town in Connecticut.

 

 

Wilton Go Green Programs 2011-2016

 

Wilton Go Green Festival 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 (provide a fun filled family day to show all the small steps one can take to live more sustainably)  This is our signature event.

 

Green Homes Tour –2012  A tour through 4 Green Homes in Wilton and New Canaan

 

Walk Through the Woods – 2012.   Wilton residents were challenged to walk all the public park trails in Wilton and those who completed this challenge were entered into a raffle for a bicycle.

 

Bring Your Own Bag  – in 2013  WGG brought this program to the Board of Selectman and gained its support to educated the residents on the importance of taking reusable bags to the grocery stores.  WGG held a school art contest for a reusable bag logo.

 

Home Energy Challenge – 2014-present.  A program focused on encouraging Wilton homes to lower their energy costs and utility bills by completing a Home Energy Solutions audit. 21% of Wilton homes have either completed this audit or some other energy conservation measure.  Wilton remains in the top 11 percent of CT towns for home energy conservation.

 

Norwalk River Valley Trail – Through partnership with three vendors, WGG donated

all home energy solution referral fees to the trail through mid 2015.  Over $5,000 was donated to the trail.  In 2016 this program is being updated.

 

 

Green Business Designation –2015 Businesses in Wilton are encouraged to

complete certain steps so that they can receive our Green or Platinum Green Business Designation Award.

 

Wilton Go Green/Wilton Library Green Speaker Series- 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

We co-host 6 speakers a year with the library and other environmental groups such as the Wilton Garden Club or the Wilton Congregational Church.  These speakers address

a range of topics on sustainable  living in building, land, water, recycling, transportation.

We have hosted environmental explorers, workshops on ice dams, solar workshops, electric cars, environmental films, Zero energy homes, Solarize and No Idle workshops.

 

Green Leaf Schools- 2015, 2016   CT Green Schools is an ongoing project to research, identify and promote an effective approach to sustainability on school grounds and college and university campuses state-wide. It provides resources to Connecticut schools interested in taking a comprehensive sustainability approach aimed at lowering energy use and cost, reducing greenhouse gases from building systems and transportation, water and waste water management, improving recycling, hazardous waste reduction and disposal, and materials procurement. This approach targets ten areas in building a green school, and twelve areas of sustainable activity on a typical K-12 school or college campus.  In 2015, Middlebrook and Wilton High School signed on to the Green LEAF program with WGG facilitating the sign up process.  In Jan 2016 Miller Driscoll joined on as well. WGG has been helping the schools set up their green teams, initiate their assessments, and will continue to play an important role in coordinating the schools with each other and town wide activities. The Green LEAF program provides assistance to schools in creating a green infrastructure and opportunities for planning, grants, etc.  http://ctgreenschools.org/index.htm

 

No Idle Program – 2015, 2016  In July 2015, WGG proposed a resolution to the Wilton Board of Selectmen to make Wilton a “no idling town”.  This resolution was unanimously adopted.  WGG purchased and erected 150 signs around town, and implemented a “Phase 1: Awareness” program in Fall 2015 comprised of school involvement (students and volunteers on pick up lines, curriculum on idling), implementation of an online pledge, banner at town hall, film (“Idle Threat”) and panel discussion at Wilton Library, etc.  “Phase II” is beginning in 2016 and is comprised of additional integration into town websites and materials, working with town fleet, drivers ed, etc, We are also templating the program for use by other towns, and are planning a Memorial Day “No Idle” float for all the Green LEAF schools to participate in.

 

 

Solarize Wilton – January –May 2016

WGG has partnered with the Wilton Energy Commission, Smart Power, Green Bank  and Solarize CT to bring a Solarize program to Wilton.  Wilton residents can free of charge meet with a pre-screened Solar installer, Ross Solar, to take advantage of a discounted price for solar power.  By arranging workshops, signage placement and other marketing outreach, WGG is bringing significant support to this program. Sponsored by the State of CT and our Town of Wilton, Solarize Wilton is a campaign to install solar power to lessen our dependence on fossil fuels. Through May 18th, Wilton residents can free of charge meet with a pre-screened Solar Installer, Ross Solar, which both the Wilton Energy Commission and the State of Connecticut have done extensive due diligence on, to take advantage of a discounted price for solar power. During the consultation, home owners will explore both cost and energy savings as well as potentially finding a 8-10% return on investment. In addition, the state rebate ($9.4k max) and federal incentives (30% tax rebate) are both in play. Please refer to the two links below or attend one of the two upcoming seminars on February 11 at 10am at the Wilton YMCA and on March 8th at 10am at the Wilton LibrarySponsored by the State of CT and our Town of Wilton, Solarize Wilton is a campaign to install solar power to lessen our dependence on fossil fuels. Through May 18th, Wilton residents can free of charge meet with a pre-screened Solar Installer, Ross Solar, which both the Wilton Energy Commission and the State of Connecticut have done extensive due diligence on, to take advantage of a discounted price for solar power. During the consultation, home owners will explore both cost and energy savings as well as potentially finding a 8-10% return on investment. In addition, the state rebate ($9.4k max) and federal incentives (30% tax rebate) are both in play.Sponsored by the State of CT and our Town of Wilton, Solarize Wilton is a campaign to install solar power to lessen our dependence on fossil fuels. Through May 18th, Wilton residents can free of charge meet with a pre-screened Solar Installer, Ross Solar, which both the Wilton Energy Commission and the State of Connecticut have done extensive due diligence on, to take advantage of a discounted price for solar power. During the consultation, home owners will explore both cost and energy savings as well as potentially finding a 8-10% return on investment. In addition, the state rebate ($9.4k max) and federal incentives (30% tax rebate) are both in play.Sponsored by the State of CT and our Town of Wilton, Solarize Wilton is a campaign to install solar power to lessen our dependence on fossil fuels. Through May 18th, Wilton residents can free of charge meet with a pre-screened Solar Installer, Ross Solar, which both the Wilton Energy Commission and the State of Connecticut have done extensive due diligence on, to take advantage of a discounted price for solar power. During the consultation, home owners will explore both cost and energy savings as well as potentially finding a 8-10% return on investment. In addition, the state rebate ($9.4k max) and federal incentives (30% tax rebate) are both in play.

 

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