Southampton Seeks Feedback on Climate Action Plan

Southampton Town is developing a Climate Action Plan focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions generated throughout the community from electricity, heating and cooling buildings, transportation, and waste disposal. 

They’re looking for the community’s input into how best to go about doing that.

According to the town, “the plan will prioritize actions that support environmental and community objectives, and improve quality of life for Southampton residents.”

The survey, available online here, will help identify climate change priorities from town residents to inform the development of the plan. 

Their first step in developing a Climate Action Plan and Energy Blueprint was to understand how energy is used across the town, and what the key sources of carbon emissions are. Almost half (49 percent) of emissions come from heating, cooling, and powering homes across the town. 

An additional 20 percent of emissions are from commercial buildings. After buildings, transportation is the second biggest producer of emissions, with 23 percent of emissions from on-road vehicles, 3 percent from rail, and about 1 percent from marine transportation. Finally, 4 percent of emissions are generated from waste and wastewater.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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