Today is absolutely the most beautiful day of the year — just ask any of the 6 people left in town during the schools’ spring break.
It’s not quite air conditioning weather. But it’s close.
Which makes it a particularly apt time for Westport’s Green Task Force to send a letter. In it, they — along with First Selectman Jim Marpe, the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Merchants Association encourage local businesses to help the town become “a more sustainable and resilient community.”
By keeping doors closed when using air conditioning on hot days. (And heat on cold ones.)
Sounds like a no-brainer. New York City — which has a lot more doors than Westport — actually has a law to that effect.
The letter — addressed “Dear Business Owner/Manager” — says Westport prefers “more of a ‘team’ approach. We believe shoppers will be happy to know that fossil fuels and electricity are not being wasted, and that the air is not being polluted as a result of unnecessary production of heat or electricity.”
Marpe and co-signers David Mann (Task Force chair), Matthew Mandell (Chamber executive director) and Steve Desloge (DMA president) note that Westport is known as “a forward-thinking, environmentally focused community.” It was the 1st state east of the Mississippi River to ban plastic bags, and has set a goal of achieving net-zero energy, water and waste management self-sufficiency by 2050.
The letter invites businesses to be the town’s “partners on this journey.” It invites them to contribute their own sustainability initiatives and ideas.
Heated (ho ho) comments always follow. They’re divided into 3 categories:
- Warm praise and agreement that this ridiculous practice must stop
- Icy criticism that it’s a free country; stores should be allowed to do whatever that want, and besides, it’s just a teeny tiny bit of a larger problem
- Pleas by store owners that they’re helpless. It’s “company policy.”
It will be interesting to see if the town has a little more juice than a blog.
Or if the offending stores continue to blow just more hot air about cold.