Energy and Climate Action Committee


  • 221 Crowell Road
    Chatham, MA 02633

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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  • Robert Wirtshafter, Chair
    Term expires: 2024
  • Gerry Stahl, Member
    Term expires: 2025
  • Katherine McClellan, Member
    Term expires: 2026
  • John Scott, Member
    Term expires: 2024
  • Brian Miner, Member
    Term expires: 2026
  • Rachel Derrane, Member
    Term expires: 2026
  • Sarah Griscom, Member
    Term expires: 2025
  • Adranne Lovuolo, Member
    Term expires: 2025
  • DeeDee Holt, Member
    Term expires: 2024
  • Mike Schell, Select Board Liaison

Staff Contacts

  • Terry Whalen, Staff Liaison
    Phone: 508-945-5194


Committee Charge

The charge of the Chatham Energy and Climate Action Committee is to reduce the community’s contribution to climate change, with a focus on ensuring our energy infrastructure is cleaner, leaner, and more resilient, and to prepare, coordinate and execute mitigation actions and adaptation strategies that anticipate and respond to the effects of climate change. This will include:

  • Establishment of energy and emissions inventories for the Town and the setting of goals for energy and emissions reductions.
  • Assessment of the scope for energy conservation and for renewable energy use in Town buildings and by Town transport.
  • Recommendation of feasible projects for energy conservation and for renewable energy use.
  • Review of Town by-laws to promote energy conservation and renewable energy use.
  • Educational outreach for Chatham citizens
  • Formulate and advance mitigation and adaptation strategies, and
  • Educate and engage residents and businesses on expected climate change hazards and impacts and mitiigation opportunities.

The Energy and Climate Action Committee will work in cooperation with other Town Board and Committees, as well as Town employees, in carrying out its charge. This will include but not be limited to cooperation and liaison with:

  • Select Board
  • Coastal Resources
  • Community Development and Planning Board
  • Conservation Division
  • Facilities and Public Works Department
  • Natural Resources Department
  • Shellfish Advisory Committee

The Energy and Climate Action Committee will also seek the cooperation and assistance of relevant governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, and the public.

Submitting Electronic Correspondence

Please submit correspondence to the Staff Liaison. Please note that all such electronic correspondence is considered a public record. Correspondence containing requests for public records will be responded to by the Staff Liaison in compliance with Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) Chapter 66, Section 10 within 10 days of receipt. All other correspondence and materials submitted will be forwarded by the Staff Liaison to the Board/Committee Chair, with a copy to Members/Commissioners and person sending request/comment, for potential scheduling of discussion on an upcoming public meeting agenda.