The South Kingstown Sustainability Committee (SKSC) is an “ad hoc” (special purpose) body of the Town whose mission is to promote the incorporation of green technologies and behaviors across the community, including but not limited to the proper use of renewable energy resources through research, education and outreach efforts involving town officials, residents and commercial entities. The Committee evaluates and makes recommendations to the Town Council regarding general sustainability initiatives including energy conservation, energy efficiency, conversion to greener energy sources, use of new technologies and green infrastructure.
Committee Composition and Administrative Support
The SKSC shall consist of five (5) members appointed by the Town Council; members shall be residents of the Town. It is intended that the membership be diverse and provide broad based community representation and diverse points of view concerning issues around sustainability and renewable energy initiatives. Committee members should have interest and expertise in community sustainability, renewable energy, energy conservation/efficiency and the use of green technologies and green infrastructure. The Planning Department will provide general administrative support for the Committee.
Sustainability Committee Charge
Primary Goals/Initial Work Items
• Acknowledge/build upon the various energy related initiatives that the Town and School Department have taken to retrofit existing facilities, conserve energy, and reduce the carbon footprint of municipal buildings. This would include maintaining and promoting the Town’s strong tradition of leveraging National Grid's energy efficiency programs and opportunities available through the RI Office of Energy Resources (RIOER).
• Work with town and school officials to review the general feasibility, available resources and costs associated with the installation of solar technologies on municipal and school buildings.
• Review and evaluate the local viability and potential to implement and promote commercial PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Program in South Kingstown.
• Promote general education and outreach to the community regarding the benefits of small scale solar installations. Serve as an informational hub to the public regarding available resources and tax incentives that write down the costs for installation of sustainable energy technologies.
• The Committee should evaluate the community’s interest in and potential consensus around terrestrial wind power on both a commercial and residential scale. This review may include an evaluation of the economic viability of wind power systems located in the Town.
• Develop a town sustainability strategic plan that reflects elements of the state energy plan, the goals set forth by the Town Council and potential programs, initiatives and sustainability goals and objectives towards a more sustainable South Kingstown.
Long Term Goals/Secondary Work Items
• Explore opportunities to collaborate with the University of Rhode Island (URI) to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy development.
• Promote sustainability and resilience of natural resource systems within the Town of South Kingstown.
• Promote public discussions relative to issues concerning sea level rise (SLR), climate change and coastal erosion threats to natural resources and municipal infrastructure.
• Work with Town staff to develop a resource guide on the Town’s website around community sustainability and renewable energy.