Green Task Force Updates

The Tesla S is expected in showrooms in 2011


Let’s face it – you love the Tesla and you can’t wait for the Tesla S to arrive in Fairfield County so you can glue your family to the seats as the car rockets from zero to 60 in 4 seconds — all the while cruising with a clean conscience that you have emitted zero carbon emissions (at least from the tailpipes).

On 5:30pm November 18 at Arcudi’s Restaurant, Jim Motavalli, freelance journalist and regular contributor to The New York Times’ Automobile Section, speaker, book author and radio personality about all things environmental, will lead a discussion with Westport’s Electric Car Club (bet you didn’t know we had one, did you?).  All are welcome.

Environmental Journalist, Jim Motavalli Joins the Westport Electric Car Club


Green Task Force Chair Kimberly Lake said today that the Westport Green Task Force is seeking nominations for the 2010 WeGreenWestport Awards.

“Since 2008, the Green Task Force has recognized the efforts of outstanding individuals, including youths, as well as businesses and other community organizations in the town who have demonstrated a commitment to protecting and improving the environment in a way that contributes to a long-term positive effect on the sustainability of Westport,” said Lake.

Nominations will be accepted through March 24. Nomination forms may be obtained online at,  from the Selectman’s office, or by  printing out our form (PDF) by clicking WeGreenWestport Award Nomination Form.   Completed forms should be emailed to or mailed to Kimberly Lake, Chair, Westport Green Task Force c/o Town of Westport, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT 06880.

An online nomination form has also been created.  Complete the online form at 2010 WeGreenWestport Nomination Form.

The deadline for the receipt of submissions is 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24.  The Green Task Force will vote on the applications at its regularly scheduled meeting on April 7.

In 2008, the Green Task Force honored Kevin Green, resident and RTM Member, for his extraordinary green home renovation; Matthew Silver, then a student at Bedford Middle School, for his entrepreneurialism to raise money to plant trees at Bedford; Westport Wash and Wax for their inspirational solar installation to power their business; and Patagonia for their wonderful local support of green efforts throughout town and for their groundbreaking green business initiatives.

Last year, John Rountree, a leader and expert in solar designs and installation, A.J. Keiffer, President of Staples Green Club, and the Green Village Initiative founders Monique Bosch, Rebecca Howe, Sherry Jagerson, Dan Levinson, and Liz Milwe received the award.

The Green Earth Fair at Earthplace kicked off on April 25 with the presentation of the We Green Westport Award by the Westport Green Energy Task Force, which recognized individuals and businesses who have worked to inspire others to reduce their carbon footprint and help the environment. The 2009 honorees were: John Rountree, Staples student A.J. Kiefer, resident Rebecca Howe, and the Westport Green Village Initiative, represented by Dan Levinson, Liz Milwe, Sherry Jagersen and Monique Bosch.

The honorees were introduced by Kim Lake, chairman of the Westport Green Energy Task Force, and awards were presented by Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. State Representative Toni Boucher was present as well to read a state proclamation honoring the Westport Green Village Initiative for all their efforts.


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Interested in learning more about creating a green home? Then get ready for the latest Business & The Environment lecture.

Are you ready to consider energy efficient, sustainable technologies but don’t know what you want or where to begin? Solar panels or geothermal? Greened roofs or rainwater recovery? Which insulation? What building materials? With the industry changing so rapidly, making the right decision can be very confusing, not just for the homeowner, but for architects and contractors.

To help in that decision, Stephen Grasso and Rainer Schrom of Partners for Architecture will identify the wide spectrum of available technologies and improvements that can make a building more energy efficient and sustainable, and compare them according to effectiveness, cost of installation, cost savings potential and environmental impact. It promises to be a lively and informative program. Bring your questions.

Speakers: Stephen Grasso & Rainer Schrom, Architects
Partners for Architecture

Date: February 11, 2009

Time: 12 noon – 1:30 pm
Lunch: 12 – 12:20pm
Presentation: 12:20 – 1:30 pm

Place: Purdue Pharma
201 Tresser Blvd., Stamford

Co-Sponsor: Purdue Pharma

Reservations: or 203-406-3335

green-cupThe Green Cup Challenge is …

a first-ever competition between Westport, Weston and Wilton to see which town is the “greenest.”

The contest ends on January 31, 2009.

To help Westport win, visit the site today and take the simple survey. That’s it!

Three simple things to do today:

  1. Sign up for Clean Energy
  2. Take the We Green Westport Pledge
  3. Complete the Green Cup Challenge survey