By executive order Mayor Scott Avedisian has established an Energy Conservation and Management Policy, part of ongoing efforts to make municipal facilities more energy efficient and cost-effective.
The executive order notes, in part, “It is the responsibility of the City of Warwick to implement, direct, monitor, evaluate and report energy conservation efforts. The City of Warwick will commit to implementing immediate and long-term plans to conserve energy resources, to implement prudent energy resource purchasing, and to provide educational and outreach experiences within the municipality. These efforts will instruct and assist in developing energy awareness and habits of energy conservation among all municipal staff.”
A companion City Council resolution in support of the executive order will be co-sponsored and introduced by Councilman Steven Colantuono (R-Ward 1) and Council President Bruce Place (D-Ward 2) at the next council meeting.
During Avedisian’s tenure, the city has taken a number of steps to promote and implement energy- and cost-saving measures, including support of a community energy expo, offering free educational children’s books from the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Energy Star, expanding the city’s tree planting program, conducting an energy assessment of municipal buildings and installing LED lights in municipal buildings and traffic signals, offering energy efficiency workshops for the general public, and promoting and supporting the National Grid/University of Rhode Island’s statewide energy audit program for residential properties.