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Newtown Receives 'Bright Idea' Grant for Clean Energy

Towns are awarded between $5,000 and $15,000 for participation in a state clean energy program.

The state of Connecticut has awarded Newtown and 34 other Connecticut towns and cities for their contributions to clean energy.

The "Bright Idea" grants award Connecticut towns between $5,000 and $15,000 for their participation in the state's Clean Energy Communities program, which includes a pledge to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent and voluntarily purchase 20 percent of their municipal electric needs from renewable sources by 2018.

State representative Mitch Bolinsky, Newtown Energy Task Force Chair Kathy Quinn and Public Works Director Fred Hurley were present at the State Capitol to receive the award.

"Newtown is a forward thinking community," said Bolinsky. "Long ago, we recognized that collectively and individually, we all have the power to make a difference in bettering our world and our environment. Whether moving to sustainable energy sources, solarizing our public works facilities or schools, recycling, evolving to more efficient lighting and appliances, or preserving our wetlands and open space, Newtowners like to do the right thing. This grant is welcome recognition for the leadership and initiatives taken by our residents, First Selectman Pat Llodra and folks like Fred, Kathy, Rob Sibley and dozens more who take our stewardship of the environment to heart."

To date, 78 Connecticut towns and cities have signed the pledge.

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