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tutions to make informed energy procurement choices that move our community, as a whole, toward clean and renewable energy sources like wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, and bio-fuels, while reducing our demand for energy overall (which saves us money), through energy efficiency and energy reduction choices, like public transit and alternatives to each of us driving alone in an SUV to work every day.” One example of a local business already walking the walk is West Chester University. “WCU is definitely an ally, and Sustainability Director Brad Flamm has been a great co-host for many Sierra Club and Ready For 100 events at the university,” Jim said. “West Chester University has a Climate Action Plan that sets a goal of being carbon-neutral by 2025 — a very aggressive goal. Their first major

project was replacing the coal-burning, on-campus power plant and steamheating system with a geothermal system that covers most of the buildings on campus, reducing their footprint considerably. Any new construction and renovation projects are viewed through the lens of sustainability and LEED criteria.” And to what does Jim attribute so much of this drive toward renewable energy in the borough? “In two words: Diane Herrin,” he said. “Dianne ran for mayor with a goal of 100% renewable energy as a major campaign platform component. Dianne championed the 2017 resolution for West Chester Borough to set a goal of transitioning to renewable energy and draft a plan to get us there. Dianne suggested a process for inviting the WC Area Council of Governments to embark on com-

Jim Wylie and Paula Kline standing next to Jim and Sally Hammerman’s ground-mounted solar panels at their home outside the borough. Jim and Sally are examples of early adopters who installed solar to meet their energy needs in Chester County, which has more than 800 installations, producing 20.88MW — the 2nd highest ranking in PA. missioning a regional energy transition plan. And if all goes according to plan, we will have that draft plan, with input from the community, by the end of this summer. Then comes the fun part — taking action.” For Mayor Herrin, that drive for action is prompted internally by a love for nature, an understanding that a

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Voice of the Borough

The WC Press Sustainability Issue - April 2019  

Voice of the Borough