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Amherst debates qualifications for new climate committee

February 5, 2019

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Amherst officials say seven residents will soon be appointed for the town’s new committee that is tasked with reducing carbon emissions in the community, but officials are looking to appoint people with expertise.

The Town Council spent more than an hour Monday debating how many residents on the nine-member commute should bring environmental experience. The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports two councilors will also sit on the committee.

Even though the committee’s duties and charge remains to be set, Town Manager Paul Bockelman is seeking residents interested in recommending long-term climate action goals that focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Council President Lynn Griesemer says all goals from the committee will still be vetted with the community and the council will not impose conditions without feedback.

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Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.), http://www.gazettenet.com

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