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Southbury Receives Grant for Energy Efficiency Initiatives

Southbury received state recognition and a Bright Ideas grant today for its energy-saving efforts.

Southbury was among 35 towns in Connecticut recognized at the State Capitol today for participating in the Clean Energy Communities program, a statewide initiative that encourages renewable energy and sustainability.

The program asks towns to reduce energy consumption in municipal buildings by 20% by the year 2018, as well as increase the percentage of renewable energy sources used by municipal buildings.

As a result, Southbury will receive a Bright Ideas Grant worth $5,000 to $15,000 to use toward future community energy saving efforts.

Paul Zagozewski, Chairman of the Energy Task Force, represented the Town of Southbury at the ceremony this morning, where Senator Richard Blumenthal was expected to speak.

 In May, Southbury First Selectman Ed Edelson discussed Southbury's ongoing environmental initiatives, including the establishment of the Pomperaug Greenway, the conversion of town land into open space, park and river cleanups, and the establishment of the Energy Task Force.

Newtown and Beacon Falls were also among the Connecticut towns and cities honored at the Capitol.

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