New grassroots sustainability group reaches out to Chenango

NORWICH – A new grassroots group by the name of Sustainable Chenango is making efforts to increase sustainable practices with hopes that the county become less dependent on the power grid and other outside resources.

Sustainable Chenango held its first meeting in February. Seventeen people attended. The goal of the organization, explained Sustainable Chenango chair Paige Smith, is to encourage residents and county officials to be more sufficient in vital areas including energy, food, fiber, even transportation.

The group will have its second meeting, free and open to the public, at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the United Church of Christ, 11 W. Main St. in Norwich.

“We’re not saying that we have all the answers, but we want to do our best to find the available resources,” Smith said of the organization. “Folks have a lot of enthusiasm and it feels like they are ready to make a difference,” she added. “It’s starting to feel like people want to build a community through sustainability principles.”

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