The Energy and Environment Office (E&E) is responsible for overseeing and implementing environmentally sound programs in the City of Medford. In cooperation with other departments and organizations, the E&E office works to improve energy efficiency, air quality, climate change protection, wetlands protection, open space conservation, and storm water management.
The City of Medford has a long list of firsts and initiatives in energy and environment activities starting with the first municipal Climate Action Plan (PDF) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Its most prominent “first” is the first municipal scale wind turbine in the Commonwealth. The city tries to work closely with residents and the Medford Clean Energy Committee was instrumental in building the Medford wind turbine.
- The Medford Energy Committee (formerly the Medford Energy Committee) is comprised of residents and staff to work on energy and environment projects in the city and to assist with resident outreach.
- The E&E Office assists in protecting Medford’s rivers, streams, wetlands and open space with the Medford Conservation Commission.
- The Office of Energy & Environment is working on Medford’s first Climate Vulnerability Assessment and has recently completed Medford’s first community-wide Green House Gas assessment using a baseline year of 2015.
- The E&E Office works with the Medford Department of Public Works to execute Medford’s Storm Water Management Program. This program is in accordance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Program of the US Environmental Protection Agency.
- The E&E Office had a Federal Stimulus Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant (EECBG) to retrofit energy efficiency upgrades in the City’s Elementary and Middle Schools. This work was overseen by the Energy Efficiency Coordinator.
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- Local Energy Action Plan (LEAP) 2012
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The City of Medford’s Energy & Environment Office has received the following awards and designations:
Energy Star Awards
Received for City Hall, Andrews School, McGlynn School, Columbus School, Roberts School and Brooks School for each year from 2011-2016.
Green Communities Competitive Grant
Received 2012, 2014, 2016
MMA Pickard Innovation Award
Awarded to Medford for its Go Green Medford initiative in 2013
US Conference of Mayors City Livability Award
Medford received Honorable Mention for Go Green Medford Program in 2012
Leading By Example Award
2010 The City of Medford received the Leading By Example Award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in recognition of the energy and environmental initiatives the city has implemented
MA DOER Owner’s Agent Award for Solar PV
2010 Medford received an award for technical assistance to help the city with its Solar PV project.