Mayor Stephanie M. Burke is proud to accept a certificate from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) for achieving a 20% reduction in municipal energy use from our baseline year of 2009. This reduction reflects a reduction in the amount of electricity, natural gas, oil and gasoline used by municipal facilities and vehicles between 2009 and 2016. The Medford Office of Energy and Environment continues to surpass expectations by receiving substantial grants as well as awards, such as this one, that place our community among the top in many areas.
Under the Green Communities Act, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Green Communities Designation and Grant Program can provide up to $20 million annually to qualified cities and towns. The goal of the Designation Grant Program is to support communities’ investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that further the clean energy goals determined by the designated communities. The Commonwealth’s 185 Green Communities range from the Berkshires to Cape Cod and are home to 64 percent of Massachusetts’ population in municipalities as large as Boston and as small as Rowe. Under the Green Communities Act, cities and towns must meet five criteria to be designated a Green Community and receive funding, including reducing municipal energy consumption by 20 percent over five years.
Through the Green Communities program Medford has implemented a number of energy efficiency projects in our facilities including an oil to gas conversion at the Chevalier Theater, installing high efficiency hot water heaters at Medford High School and upgrading lighting inside and outside the Medford Public Schools. Medford currently holds a Green Community Grant that will be used to help fund the upgrade of street lighting throughout the City to LED. However, the city’s greatest savings have come through the efficient operations of all of our buildings and vehicles, with credit going to all of our departments.
“I am pleased that the City of Medford remains a leader throughout the Commonwealth in protecting our environment by using resources more efficiently, educating our community and developing renewable and sustainable energy projects,” said Mayor Burke. “Our Energy and Environment Office, led by Alicia Hunt, works diligently to implement energy improvements throughout our community and continues to advocate for instrumental initiatives throughout the City.”
“The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to working collaboratively with our municipal partners to achieve our shared goals of reduced energy costs, usage, and emissions,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson. “Medford’s impressive accomplishment is a testament to the foresight of their citizens and local leaders and we look forward to continuing to work with the City to build upon their clean energy progress.”