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Promoting green initiatives in advance of Amherst Town Meeting

With Amherst’s master plan calling for making the town greener, members of the Town Meeting Coordinating Committee are looking to support measures that achieve these goals.

“Greening Amherst! Our Budget, Our Master Plan, Our Planet” is the name of a forum the committee is sponsoring Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Town Room of Town Hall.

Committee member Margaret Roberts said the idea for the forum comes in response to a growing number of warrant articles focused on sustainability, including one this fall that would prohibit restaurants from using polystyrene containers.

“Currently climate change is forcing communities to think creatively about reducing their carbon footprint, which also saves money and reduces dependency on fossil fuels,” Roberts said.

The forum will feature speakers involved in local and regional environmental efforts. They include climate change expert Al Werner, Amherst Sustainability Coordinator Stephanie Ciccarello, Catherine Ratte from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Amherst Recycling Coordinator Susan Waite and Bernard Brennan of the Amherst Transition movement.

This is the first of several events the Town Meeting Coordinating Committee is sponsoring leading up to the fall Town Meeting that begins Nov. 19. A warrant review will be held Nov. 8. Precinct meetings will run from Nov. 13 to 17 and a bus tour occurs Nov. 18.

Housing forum

The Housing and Sheltering Committee is holding a meeting to get feedback from residents that will be used in a housing needs assessment and production plan.

The session will be at the community room on the fifth floor at Ann Whalen Apartments Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.

Housing consultant Karen Sunnarborg will discuss the work she is doing and will seek feedback from residents and members of the Planning Board on young families, baby boomers, senior citizens as well as affordable housing opportunities.

Fall cleanup

Volunteers are being sought to help rake yards for senior citizens who are unable to do the work on their own.

Senior Center Director Nancy Pagano said she has about 10 residents who have requested assistance. To volunteer or get more information, call Pagano at 259-3114.

Mural restoration

A community paint day at the mural next to Food for Thought Books takes place Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

The mural, installed by the Get Up Get Down program of Youth Action Coalition a few years ago, will be touched up in places where the paint has faded and chipped.

This paint day comes as the coalition plans to create another mural that will go on the red fence between Rao’s Roastery and Panda East restaurant.

The program invites residents to suggestions and updates at getupgetdownyac.blogspot.com/

For information, call 253-2158

Meetings

Thursday: Zoning Board of Appeals, 6:30 p.m., Town Room, Town Hall.

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