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Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 5:30 pm | Updated: 9:05 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Gilbert Town Council on Tuesdayofficially formed the town's new environmental and energy task force and appointed nine members.

The task force will have a year to put together recommendations on ways to enhance environmental programs and education.

The slate is open on what the task force could come up with, said former Town Councilman Larry Morrison, who had previously been named the task force's chairman.

But there will be one subcommittee that will focus on education, and another subcommittee on the technical aspects of environmental code and advancements.

"There's a lot of things people are not aware of in Gilbert that are being done that is environmentally friendly," Morrison said.

"From the technical piece we will start looking at what could be done better, about green buildings and things that make homes more energy efficient and cost efficient in today's environment," he said.

After the year is up, the task force will make recommendations to the Town Council. The council could at that time make the task force a permanent advisory board.

Council members Linda Abbott and Les Presmyk envisioned the task force as a way to investigate how to educate the public on being environmentally friendly, and how to enhance environmental programs in town, possibly by offering nonmonetary incentives to environmentally friendly developments.

Abbott said the task force is aimed at encouraging Gilbert residents to take advantage of many of the town's programs, such those dealing with recycling and water conservation.

"I think that we are as a community interested in making sure that we do have in place policies and programs that are environmentally friendly," Abbott said.

Selected from 35 applicants, the nine-member task force named Tuesday includes Morrison, and Gilbert residents Susan Brechbill, John Bucciarelli, Guy Carpenter, Julie Hietter, Timothy Rinesmith, Elaine Wilson, John Wurm and Dean Shoemaker.

The council also named alternates Rebekah Hollenberg and John Chiazza, and second alternates Rainow Byrd-Baldwin and Steven Gotfried.

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