The Times Argus reports that on Tuesday, March 4, 2008, three towns in the Mad River Valley -- Warren, Waitsfield and Fayston -- will consider a nonbinding resolution to "reduce the energy use and carbon emissions of residents, businesses and institutions [in the Mad River Valley] by 10 percent by 2010." The effort is being called "10 by 10" and was spear-headed by the Carbon Shredders, "the coalition of Valley residents that petitioned to have the carbon-reducing articles on town meeting" agendas. According to Gregor Barnham, the head of the corporate responsibility division at the Burlington-based company Seventh Generation and a Carbon Shredders founder, "it's still unclear exactly what Valley residents are signing on for" and the "carbon-reduction mandate will assume whatever form its participants choose." Barry Simpson, a longtime selectman in Warren, explained that while "he supports the underlying concept behind the articles" he is worried that the measure may hurt Warren's fiscal health.
The Times Argus reports that "voters in Warren, Waitsfield and Fayston gave overwhelming approval to a Town Meeting Day article that calls on residents and businesses to cut their carbon footprint by 10 percent by 2010." According to Roni Donnenfeld, a Warren Elementary School teacher and member of Carbon Shredders, "the nonbinding resolution empowers local residents to tackle a global problem and save money – as much as $500,000 by participating in the program."