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Sustainability Commission
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A sustainable community is one that strives to achieve sustainability at the local level in the three major areas of ecology/environment, economy/employment and community/social. The purpose of our commission, in addition to recommending and undertaking initiatives (with a particular emphasis on energy conservation and cost control), is to focus and integrate town efforts to become a sustainable community by developing a town “Sustainability Plan”. Groton is fortunate to already have many official and non-official groups that address many aspects of sustainability but lacks a coordinating body to focus and promote such efforts. The Sustainability Commission's role with regard to such organizations is one of support in the integration and coordination of sustainable objectives through community outreach, education and involvement.

Contact Information
Email sustaining@townofgroton.org Members 9
Phone 978-448-1111 Selection Appointed
Fax Term 1 year
Office Town Hall, 173 Main St Remuneration None
Meeting Third Tuesday @ 7:00 PM Meeting location Town Hall: Second Floor Meeting Room

Appointed by: Board of Selectmen
MemberRoleTerm StartTerm End
Carl Canner Member 07/01/2017 06/30/2018
Bruce Easom Member 07/01/2017 06/30/2018
Carl Flowers Member 07/01/2017 06/30/2018
Alison D. Peterson Member 07/01/2017 06/30/2018
Michael E. Roberts Chair 07/01/2017 06/30/2018

News and Information

The Sustainability Committee currently has three (3) openings for new members. If interested, please consider submitting the Committee Interest form.

Are you satisfied with your life?

You have the right to be satisfied with your life.  Most historians agree that this is what Thomas Jefferson meant when he wrote that we have “the right to pursue happiness”.  For almost 20 years the folks at the Happiness Initiative have been working to measure just how happy are you?  They do this by a polling of individuals (now measuring over 40,000) drawing on the survey model of the Kingdom of Buhtan (www.happycounts.org).  This survey results in a Gross National Happiness Index.  The survey uses ten subjective domains which fit nicely into the three legs of the Sustainability stool – Economic, Environmental and Community.  Gross National Happiness (GNH) is based on the premise that subjective indicators are key components to the understanding and measurement of “Satisfaction with Life”. 

The Gross National Happiness Index survey will help assist the Sustainability Commission to assess just how Satisfied with Life are the citizens of Groton and hopefully lead to ideas, programs and policies that will contribute to increased community well-being  and individual satisfaction with Life.  It helps all of us to assess the sustainability of our communities’ happiness, and to inspire us to take action.

Click the button to your right to take your “Happiness Survey”.

Sustainability Commission - Documents


Please take a look at the Sustainability Commission's Initiatives.

Happiness Survey

happiness survey