Pitkin County on ‘climate stabilization’ track
December 18, 2008
ASPEN ” Pitkin County is on a “climate stabilization” track to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions at a rate of 5 percent per year over the foreseeable future, following adoption by the county commissioners of a resolution supporting the work of Energy Program Manager Dylan Hoffman.
Hoffman’s department was created last March “in order to help guide the county to a sustainable energy future,” according to a memo from Hoffman to the Board of County Commissioners, and the BOCC subsequently adopted an Energy Action Plan with the stated goal of reducing the county’s “carbon footprint.”
Among the target areas for the emissions-reduction plan are the county’s consumption of electricity, natural gas, vehicular fuel and water, as well as the number of “employee vehicle miles traveled as a result of commuting,” according to Hoffman’s memo.
Commissioner Jack Hatfield remarked that reaching Hoffman’s goals could cost the county money it may not have, but Commissioner Dorothea Farris responded, “But you might save more than you spend.”
To which Hatfield rejoined, “And you’re also saving the Earth, so there’s that.”