What are your sustainability goals for Simsbury? (please limit your answer to 250 words)
I believe that that no challenge poses a greater threat to the planet and future generations than climate change.
For a Board of Finance, climate change looms as a threat to businesses and residents who may suffer the economic impacts of global warming, and on whom the we depend for property tax dollars. In this way, awareness of climate change creates an added imperative that we use our resources efficiently. For example, sustainability should be a standard consideration for all capital projects, evaluating the total cost. In many cases, increased initial costs can lead to long-term savings, making the total investment both cost efficient and environmentally sound. We need to think long-term, not just on each year’s budget.
As a former First Selectman and member of the Board of Finance, I have long advocated for incorporating a fiscal impact analysis for all new development projects and for financial long-term planning. I strongly support the Plan of Conservation and Development’s recommendation for fiscal impact analysis of all new development so the town can properly evaluate not only grand list dollars coming in, but also environmental and social impacts that may lead to long-term costs.