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May 9, 2011

Oswego County 'Green Team' to Host Community Meeting May 19

OSWEGO - County government leaders and members of the Oswego County Green Team will host an informational meeting to update citizens on the county's energy efficiency plan at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19. The meeting will be held in the Legislative Chambers on the fourth floor of the County Office Building, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego.

Legislature Chairman Barry Leemann said the county has received a grant to develop a long-range plan to make county government operations more energy-efficient and save on energy costs. The plan will also address how citizens, businesses, school districts, and local governments can become more energy-efficient, reduce greenhouse gases, and save on their own energy costs.

"Oswego County is committed to finding ways to reduce energy consumption for itself and our constituents," said Legislature Chairman Leemann. "Our primary goal is to identify energy conservation measures for our own internal operations as well as opportunities to offset our energy purchases through renewable technologies. At the end of this project, we hope to find cost-effective solutions that will help to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce the cost of county government operations."

The informational meeting will include brief presentations on the county's energy efficiency plan and what it means to the average citizen; Oswego County government's efforts to go green, save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and lower energy costs; and ways that citizens and businesses can become involved in the planning process.

The county has hired O'Brien & Gere, a national engineering firm, to develop the energy efficiency master plan.

"The master plan will include an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions and will serve as a road map of projects on how greenhouse gases can be reduced," said Rob Neimeier, Senior Project Manager with O'Brien & Gere. "It will help the county become greener, lower operating costs and expenses, and reduce the greenhouse gas impact that county services have on Oswego County's environment. While many local industries already have plans and efforts underway to reduce greenhouse gases, we will encourage citizens and the larger community to be involved as well."

During the course of the project, representatives of O'Brien & Gere will survey local residents and businesses to gather information about energy usage in Oswego County. Additional meetings will be held over the next several months to continue to update the community. For more information, visit www.renewoswegocounty.org

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