The Energy Sustainability Committee (ESC) was appointed in 2013 by the East Hampton Town Board to assist the Town in its participation in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Climate Smart Communities Program. In this capacity, the ESC reviews and advises on policies, programs and issues that promote energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in East Hampton. With approval from the Board, the ESC provides technical assistance, education and outreach to the general public and local businesses. Members are appointed to a two year term on the Committee.
On the advice of the ESC, in May 2014 the Town Board unanimously voted to establish a goal to meet 100% of the Town's annual community-wide electricity consumption with renewable energy sources by the year 2020. Furthermore, to meet the equivalent of 100% of annual community-wide energy consumption in all sectors such as electricity, heating, and transportation with renewable energy sources by the year 2030.
The Energy Sustainability Committee continues its role of advising the Town Board in striving to meet these renewable energy goals.