Tompkins County Environmental Management Council Needs a Representative from Enfield

The Town of Enfield is seeking a volunteer representative for the Tompkins County Environmental Management Council.

The Environmental Management Council was created in 1971 and has been active since. The EMC meets to discuss issues of the environment and works on projects that respond to renewable energy issues, water quality, unique natural areas, climate adaptation and hazard mitigation, and much more. They may also serve as a conduit between towns and the County Legislature.
Meetings last about 1.5 hours and occur on the second Thursday of each month, except August. Special committees meet about once per month when working on a project. Members serve 2 year terms and first meet early in the new year. The appointee may report to the Enfield Town Board quarterly on the work of the council, or more frequently as necessary.
Enfield has at least 8 designated Unique Natural Areas, is actively considering our oversight for commercial and residential renewable energy development, and will soon have a completed Aquifer Study in place to help us better understand the water sources in our town so we may protect them. Having a representative from Enfield on this council would be a valuable contribution for the town.
For more information about this council, visit
If you’d like to be considered for appointed by the Enfield Town Board to be the Enfield representative for this council, please contact Supervisor Elect, Beth McGee, by December 31st, at 288-2384 or
Your commitment to this effort would be an important addition to our goal to effectively manage our environmental responsibilities in Enfield. Thank you for considering.

Are you still using incandescent light bulbs?
Would you like to save money and use less electricity?
LED light bulbs are an excellent solution!

Many people looked at LED light bulbs a few years ago and didn’t like the quality of light they produced. The technology is now vastly improved and the current LED light bulbs look GREAT! They contain no mercury (unlike compact fluorescents). They’re dimmable. And they’re made in a large va- riety of wattages and shapes.

Why make the switch? 
You’ll both save money AND contribute to a cleaner environment!

At the present a 60-watt-equivalent LED bulb that lasts for 25,000 hours can cost as little as $1.75. A 60-watt incandescent bulb costs a bit less up front, but lasts only 1/25th as long! And the cost of LED bulbs is dropping all the time.

You also save big on electricity. Here’s a bit of rough calculation showing annual savings based on 3 hours of use per day per 60 watt equivalent LED bulb at $.11 per kWh. Note that the numbers are changing all the time, in favor of the consumer!

Number of bulbs            Annual electricity savings
  1 --------------------------------> $     9.73
  5 --------------------------------> $   48.63
10 --------------------------------> $   97.27
15 --------------------------------> $ 145.90
20 --------------------------------> $ 194.54 
30 --------------------------------> $ 291.80
40 --------------------------------> $ 389.07 

So why not?!

Free Energy Navigator Training from CCE - March 2018

Are you interested in saving money by conserving energy?
How about helping others to save money by conserving energy?

In March 2018 Cornell Cooperative Extension will offer another round of “Energy Navigator” training.  They’re particularly interested in involving some people from Enfield.  

Here’s the text from their page.  They are now in the process of finding out who is interested and what times people might be able to attend this free training.  Please spread the word!!!

Energy Navigator Volunteers
Energy Navigators help people reach their energy goals. Volunteers complete ten hands-on classes that cover a range of topics in energy efficiency, renewable energy and heating options, as well as incentives, programs and resources that are available to help support saving energy at home. Following the training, volunteers will help other community members reduce their energy use and energy bills, and enjoy safer and more comfortable homes.

Apply - Applications for the 2018 will open in winter. Complete this form if you would like to be contacted about the next training session. Find more information here or contact Karim Beers, Get Your GreenBack Tompkins coordinator, at or (607) 272-2292.

For more information:  

Did you miss the Public Hearing on March 5th in the Town of Enfield?

Here's the video!

Many thanks to Cris McConkey for providing us with this great record.   And thank you to the Enfield Town Board for holding this hearing in a venue that allowed for many people to attend and have their voices heard. 

Enfield Public Hearing of March 5, 2013- Draft Ban Law