The Commission first started meeting in early 2010, and very quickly created a work plan for
each of the Town’s facilities. They also worked with the Planning Director and Town
Administrator on seeking the Green Community designation and applying for several grants that
were made available as a result of the designation.
One of the criteria for becoming a Green Community is that the Town must reduce energy
consumption by 20% over the next five years. To achieve this goal, the Commission has started
to undertake the following actions:
- Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (stimulus program) – received funding
and installed two new heating systems at the Police Station and Central Fire Station, and
a controller upgrade on the Library heating system.
- Green Communities Grant – received funding and installed lighting upgrades in all of the
Town’s buildings, as well as installed two energy controller systems at the Town’s two
well pumps. A new heating system may also be installed at the Town Hall.
- Energy Audits – audits were completed for the Town Hall and the three DPW buildings.
Building envelope improvements have been recommended for all these facilities and will
be implemented as part of an anticipated award from the next round of the Green
- Landfill Solar Array Facility – a public bid was conducted and an award made. The
construction is expected to begin by Summer 2012.
- Municipal Aggregation – two RFPs have been received and are currently being
evaluated. An award is expected during Winter 2012, with a roll-out of the program in
- Electric Vehicle Charging Station – received a DOER grant to install an electric vehicle
charging station at the Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center on Route 2.
- Mass Energy Insight – all of the Town’s energy usage for the last 18 months has been
entered and monthly reports can now be generated for analysis of energy consumption.