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Our Resources

Residents and visitors are attracted to Jamestown for its natural beauty and protecting it is important to the town’s economic vitality. One of Jamestown’s great resource opportunities is its natural lands, which offer opportunities to be active and “escape” from technology, busy streets, and everyday stress. Several important resource challenges for Jamestown include energy consumption, waste disposal (trash), and development practices.  How we use and manage these resource issues is critical to their current and future health.

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Issues (Learn More):

  • Energy Use
  • Environmental Resources
  • Solid Waste
  • Green Construction
  • Narragansett Bay

Interested in water supply and wastewater disposal? Visit the Our Infrastructure section.

How are we doing? Click Here to track our progress. COMING SOON

Goals:

  1. Significantly decrease overall community consumption of non-local, non-renewable, non-recyclable, and non-recycled materials, water, energy, and fuels.
  2. Encourage the use of local, non-polluting, renewable, and recycled resources (water, energy, and material resources).
  3. Encourage residents and business owners to reduce the amount of pollutants entering the air, soil, and water.

Actions:

  1. Evaluate the potential reuse of collected and treated runoff for innovative applications (irrigation, fire prevention, etc.).
  2. Develop a long-range strategy to become a “zero waste” community.
  3. Develop a municipal Energy Management Plan for Town-owned buildings and fleets, including the following: a) Overall statement about the Town’s energy policy; b) Baseline energy usage; c) Energy reduction goal; d) Greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal; e) Renewable energy use goal; f) Action Plan compiling all strategies and supporting actions.
  4. Research incentives for a LEED™ certification standard or its equivalent in new non-residential and multi-family buildings.
  5. Provide encourage and support local non-government initiatives that further the Town’s goals and/or actions related to resource protection, which may include those that improve water quality, reduce waste, or improve energy efficiency of private homes or businesses.