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Medford’s Environmental Initiatives

Medford’s commitment to green initiatives and clean energy goes back over a decade. The most visible representation of this commitment is evidenced by the wind turbine at the McGlynn & Andrews School complex. This turbine stands as a beacon for residents and visitors traveling in and out of Boston on a daily basis, reminding them of the importance and beauty of a commitment to renewable energy. This turbine is only one of many projects and policies that Medford has developed over the past ten years.

Highlights of our major energy initiatives over the past 10 years include:


– 1st Green House Gas Inventory: Medford performed its first green house gas inventory in conjunction with ICLEI.
– Tree City USA Designation: Medford maintains this designation by maintaining a forestry program, having a Tree Warden, and observing Arbor Day each year.
– Created Medford Energy Task Force
– Solar Panels: Medford installed solar panels on the roof of City Hall and at the Medford High School (panels were later moved to Hormel Stadium).
– Municipal Lighting Retrofits: Medford performed lighting retrofits at City Hall, the Public Safety Building and the Medford Public Library


– Biodiesel & Electric Cars: Medford replaced the diesel fuel used at the Medford Cemetery with biodiesel and received electric cars for city use.
– Climate Action Plan: Medford created the first Municipal Climate Action Plan in the Commonwealth.


– 1st Energy Efficiency Fair: Medford hosted its first Energy Efficiency Fair
– LED Traffic Lights: Medford converted all of the traffic lights in the city to LED


– Creation of Energy & Environment Office
– Benchmarked Municipal Energy Use: Medford benchmarked its municipal energy usage with the US EPA, resulting in an Energy Star Plaque for the City Hall.


– Created Medford Clean Energy Committee
– US EPA Energy Star Plaque: Medford City Hall was the first Massachusetts City Hall to receive the EPA Energy Star Plaque.
– US EPA Clean Air Excellence Award: received for regulatory/policy innovations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
– School Bus No-Idling Policy: Medford developed a comprehensive program to reduce school bus idling.


– US EPA Clean School Bus Project: Medford became the 1st US EPA Clean School Bus Project recipient in the country to not only manage this Program for our City but for the other 12 Metro Boston communities served by our school bus contractor.
– Municipal Energy Efficiency Policy: Medford issued an Energy & Resource Efficiency Policy that covers all aspects of energy use by City employees including lighting, office equipment purchasing and use, building heating and cooling, water usage, the motor vehicle fleet and commuting options and alternatives.
– Municipal Environmental Purchasing and Sustainability Award: Received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for outstanding performance in the areas of recycling and sustainable practices.


– Altwheels Transportation Festival Award for the city with the Greatest Commitment to Alternative Transportation.


– Joined EPA New England Community Energy Challenge
– Energy Smackdown Pilot: Medford hosted the first iteration of the Energy Smackdown household energy reduction contest.
– 2007-2009 Wind Turbine: Medford built and commissioned a 100 kilowatt wind turbine at the Andrews and McGlynn School Complex.


– 2008 Energy Smackdown Competition: A team of Medford households competed against teams from Arlington and Cambridge in a year-long carbon reduction campaign. A Medford household came in first in the individual household category.
– 2008 Solar Lighting: Medford was selected to participate in the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s solar-powered lighting system program. A solar lighting system was installed for the Playstead Cemetery Monument


– School Energy Audits & EECBG Grant: Medford initiated energy audits of all the schools in our system through the National Grid Whole Building Assessment Program. As a result of these audits we obtained an EECBG grant from the Federal Government for $504,000 to implement energy efficiency measures in the five middle and elementary schools. These measures were implemented during the summer of 2010.
– Municipal Energy Audits: Medford initiated the process through MA DOER to conduct energy audits of all municipal buildings.


– MA DOER Owner’s Agent Award for Solar PV: Medford received an award for technical assistance to help the city with its Solar PV project. The City is preparing to issue an RFP for a PPA for a 500kW-1000kW Solar PV rooftop installation.
– Green Communities Designation & Stretch Code: Medford passed the Building Stretch Code and received designation as a Massachusetts Green Community.
– Green Communities Energy Efficiency Grant: Medford received a grant of $270,000 to replace the hot water heaters in the Medford High School and to update its Climate Action Plan.
– Leading By Example Award: 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.
– Harvest Your Energy Festival: Medford organized a festival at the base of the wind turbine jointly with Mass DOER & Mass Energy Consumers Alliance to promote energy savings and the environment. Green Communities Grants were awarded to surrounding communities. Over 40 educational and vendor tables were represented.
– Single Stream Recycling: Medford worked with Waste Management to develop a program for residential single stream recycling. Energy Office worked with a committee of teachers to further integrate recycling into the Medford Schools. This recycling initiative saved Medford over $550,000 in the first year.
– Medford Energy Committee formed: Medford formed a volunteer citizens committee to recommend policy and program direction and to assist the city with implementing additional energy programs and education.
Energy Star Plaques: Received Energy Star Plaques for 5 schools: Brooks, Columbus, Roberts, McGlynn & Andrews and Medford City Hall.


– Initiated Kill-A-Watt Program in Medford Public Library: Medford Energy Committee worked with Friends of the Medford Public Library to make Kill-A-Watt meters available for loan to residents.
– Municipal Lighting Retrofits: Medford worked with National Grid’s Small Business Program to retrofit lights in 7 Public Safety Buildings, 3 Schools, the Library, the Gene MacK Gymnasium and the Senior Center for a total annual savings of 341,000 kWh and $40,000.
– Negotiated New Municipal Electric and Gas Supply Contracts: New pricing will save the city $1.7 Million over three years ($750,000 in savings for gas and $950,000 in savings for electricity).
– Plug-in Prius: The City used and demonstrated a Plug-in Prius on loan from Toyota for 7 months.
– Energy Star Plaques: Received Energy Star Plaques for 5 schools: Brooks, Columbus, Roberts, McGlynn & Andrews


– Solar Thermal Pre-Design Study Grant: Received a $10,000 grant to assess the feasibility of using solar thermal to heat the Medford High School Pool or other water at MHS.
– MAPC LEAP Grant: The city received a Local Energy Action Program grant from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council which will provide technical assistance for two years to the City of Medford to create and implement an Energy Action Plan.
– Decorative Street Light Conversion to LEDs: 154 decorative streetlights in Medford Sq were upgraded to LED.
– First Annual Green Awards issued to businesses and residents
– Energy Star Plaques: Received Energy Star Plaques for 5 schools: Brooks, Columbus, Roberts, McGlynn & Andrews
– Installation of Low-e ceiling at LoConte Rink: The City collaborated with Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) and National Grid to install an energy saving ceiling at the LoConte Ice Rink. National Grid contributed $40,000 and DCR contributed $20,000 to the project.
– Hosted the Third Annual Harvest Your Energy Festival
– US Congress of Mayors City Livability Award, Honorable Mention for Go Green Medford Program
– Medford High Energy Upgrades: National Grid contributed over $100,000 to steam trap repairs, windows & doors weatherization and lighting upgrade in C-building from T12 to high efficiency T8 lighting and metal halides in gymnasiums were upgraded to T5 and entry metal halides were upgraded. All lighting upgrades included occupancy sensors.
– 2012-2013 Green Communities Grant for Chevalier Theater: Received $250,000 grant to do oil to gas conversion and associated heating system upgrades.


MMA Pickard Innovation Award for Go Green Medford
– City Hall Lighting Upgrade: Upgraded lights to more energy efficient lights, including LEDs and occupancy sensors
– Brooks Estate LEDs: End of year grant from the state provided LED bulbs throughout the Brooks Estate
– Medford High Entry LED lights: End of year grant from the state provided LED bulbs for 1st and 2nd floor entry of Medford High.
– National Grid Community Outreach Pilot Grant: Selected to run a residential outreach program with National Grid to encourage homeowners to have energy assessments completed and to undertake energy efficiency upgrades. Potential to receive $40,000 through this program.
– MA DOERís Owners Agent Technical Assistance Grant for study of the heating system at the high school: The City received $12,500 to complete a study of the heating system at the high school, focusing specifically on converting distributed heat exchangers to high efficiency hot water heaters, as well as installing proper modern controls on all parts of the heating and ventilation system.
– Solarize Mass Participant: Help residents install solar on their homes
EPA Brownfields Grant: Medford receives two grants to asses, remediate, and redvelop brownfield sites