The Delaware Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) has released a detailed carbon emissions inventory for the whole Delaware Valley, including West Chester Borough. The numbers are encouraging. Overall, the region has reduced its emissions 9% below the 2005 inventory. And in West Chester Borough, we are 11% below 2005. That's fantastic and shows that we are trending in the right direction. But with new growth planned for WC (condos and retail space) we need to push to reduce our emissions further.
Some of the reduction is due to an increase in energy efficiency and people electing to use non-carbon polluting electricity sources like wind and solar. But some of this reduction is also likely due to the 2008/2009 recession and energy source movement from coal to natural gas.
For a more in-depth analysis of the 2005 and 2010 inventory, go to the BLUER Inventory page.
Headed by Denise Polk, the residential subcommittee focuses on helping to get West Chester renters, homeowners, and landlords to take action to reduce energy consumption while also saving money. Check out our list of energy-saving tips here (.pdf). Read More.
Led by Jason Hinsey, this group offers individualized tips for business owners, contractors, industrial groups, and more. The Commercial Subcommittee also grants the BLUER Business Awards to deserving businesses -- nominate a group today! Read More.
Jim Wylie heads up this committee to look for ways to reduce our emissions due to cars, trucks and busses as they drive through (or sit idling) in the Borough. Read More.
Ellen Zadoff (also the chair of Chester County Cycling Coalition) leads this effort to identify challenges and implement solutions to make West Chester easier and safer for bikes and pedestrians to navigate. We just had eight new bicycle parking stations approved in the Borough -- stay tuned for more info! Read More.
"BLUER Is The New Green" is the title of a wonderful article in the November, 2013 issue of WCPress - the Going Green Issue. The article on pg 47 describes all of the great things that BLUER has done and what we are currently working on.
BLUER is proud to anounce that Chester County Hospital is the recipient of the next BLUER Business Leaders Award. Read more about the great things that CCH is doing to improve the carbon footprint of the Borough.
Read the press release, Daily Local.
May, 2013,The Share The Road Campaign kicks off in May with initiatives to educate motorists, bikers and law enforcement officials about how to make biking safer and more accessible in Chester County.Read more.
Nov, 2011: BLUER has helped develop a questionaire to both educate the permit applicant about Green Building measures (and how these can save money over time) and to inform the Borough's Department of Building, Housing and Codes Enforcement and the BLUER Committee about the Projectís specific green initiatives. The latest version of this questionaire can be found here.
BLUER (led by Dianne) has prepared a position paper analyising the various PA state legislation that will likely be voted on this fall. You can read the full report here.
We also recommend a very informative lecture by Professor Ingraffea of Cornell U about the Myths and Realities of gas drilling in PA. Watch it on YouTube here, or ask a BLUER member for a copy of the DVD. It's about 2 hours.