$5.5 Million...Now That's a Lot of Green

06 Jan 2015

The Massachusetts Green Communities Program celebrated its sixth year in 2014 with the induction of Goshen as one of 11 newly designated municipalities—bringing the total number of Green Communities in the Pioneer Valley to 18 (of 136 statewide) and representing 42 percent of our region’s municipalities.

There was also exciting news that the existing Green Communities of Springfield, Belchertown, and Palmer, three of the Commonwealth’s first certified Green Communities, succeeded in reducing their total municipal energy use by 20 percent, which is a key goal of the program.

So far, the Green Communities program has delivered $5.5 million from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to the 18 participating Green Communities in the Pioneer Valley. Each municipality that earns the designation receives a minimum of $125,000, with increases based on population and the proportion of residents that are economically disadvantaged. The money for the program comes from Massachusetts’ participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which is a cooperative effort among Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont to cap and reduce power sector carbon dioxide emissions (www.rggi.org).

After they are certified, municipalities become eligible for additional competitive grant funds available only to Green Communities.

Green Community funds in the 18 Pioneer Valley cities and towns that have achieved the Green Community designation are being used for projects that are improving energy conservation and generating renewable energy for the community, which helps reduce energy costs for taxpayers. Check out the list below, and see what’s happening in your Green Community!

Amherst

$302,000

LED streetlights

 

$165,539

Building energy conservation

Belchertown

$160,917

Energy conservation at Chestnut School

Chesterfield

$140,000

Reimburse residents for energy efficiency improvements from MassSAVE audits; energy improvements at town buildings

Easthampton

$174,985

LED streetlights

 

$147,653

Energy conservation at town schools

Goshen

$141,400

Award amount to be applied

Granby

$144,125

Solar systems at town buildings, energy audits

Hatfield

$130,725

Energy conservation at town buildings

 

$160,913

Energy conservation at town schools

Holland

$143,250

Energy audits at Elementary School and Fire/Police Garage; energy conservation at town buildings

Holyoke

$321,221

LED building lights, solar-powered trash compactors

 

$166,716

HVAC upgrades at Children's Museum

 

$230,000

Energy conservation at town buildings

Huntington

$140,650

Energy audits and conservation measures

Longmeadow

$155,125

LED streetlights

Middlefield

$138,025

Residential energy fund, solar PV at town buildings

Monson

$165,975

Energy conservation for Quarry Hill School and senior center

Northampton

$198,500

Solar PV at Smith Voke

 

$98,000

Energy conservation at Academy of Music

 

$181,393

Energy conservation at library, water treatment plant, Smith Voke

Palmer

$169,103

Energy conservation at Town Hall

 

$224,190

Energy conservation at town buildings

Pelham

$138,100

Energy conservation audit

Springfield

$988,102

Replace boilers at schools

 

$161,582

Energy audits and planning for city buildings

 

$100,000

Replace boiler at Glenwood School

Williamsburg

$142,975

Energy audits and implementation at town buildings

TOTAL $5,531,162

To learn more about Green Communities, contact David Elvin at delvin@pvpc.org