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Styrofoam Saturday

This from Medfield Green –

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This Saturday is the third week of Medfield Green Month

9-1 at the Transfer Station

 

 

Styrofoam – Have you been stockpiling Styrofoam?  We thank you and this Saturday is the day to bring it to the Transfer Station.

 

We will accept packing blocks, foam coolers, clean WHITE produce and meat trays, take out containers, hot cups such as Dunkin’ Donuts , Honey Dew and Cumberland Farms (without paper or cardboard infused), clean, WHITE foam egg cartons and trays.  Please clean all food/beverage containers and remove any labels or stickers.  No peanuts or bubble wrap.  Next Styrofoam collection planned for October, 2017. Details to follow.

 

NEW:  Unfortunately, we can’t accept colored foam trays because the vendor no longer accepts them due to difficulty in spotting out pieces contaminated by food as opposed to white foam –  however, the art teachers at the elementary schools would love to take the clean, colored foam trays and Colleen Sullivan has very generously offered to transport them to the schools.  If you do have colored trays, please clean them well and either drop them at Memorial, Dale or Wheelock or bring them on Saturday.

 

Please take clean, reusable Styrofoam peanuts to Express Business Center (258A Main St., Medfield), Postal Center (14 Milliston Rd, Millis, MA) or the UPS Store (689 Main St., Rt 1A Marketplace, Walpole).  Fully popped bubble wrap and packing pillows can be recycled every week with plastic bags in the bins at the front of the single stream recycling compactors.

 

The Friends of Medfield Library will be collecting books, CDs and DVDs (no encyclopedias) to help stock their new and improved space at the library.  The Grand Opening will be on May 30th. 

 

 

 

 

See you at the Transfer Station – the place to be in May

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Medfield Green Month

Medfield Green Month– May 2017 Collecting Items for Donation, Reuse and Recycling 9 – 1 Saturdays in May at the Transfer Station Date Collection Information May 6 TVs, Monitors, Electronics (9-2) (fee may apply) SWAP opens for season May 3 Electronixredux.com May 13 Reusable Building Materials for Resale High Quality only (9-1) Please email paul@bostonbuildingresources.com directly, before 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 11th if you have any questions or to confirm your items are needed/wanted. No construction debris. See details on reverse & website, too. Baseball Equipment & Clothing – at Transfer Station. Gloves, bats, balls, helmets & pads in children and adult sizes. Food Composting Program Info & Starter Kit Sales (9-1) Sports Equipment Swap at WHEELOCK SCHOOL DRIVEWAY (8-11) Boston Building Resources Disadvantaged youth will benefit. Town of Medfield May 20 Styrofoam (9-1) Foam packing blocks. Foam coolers and foam shipping containers. Please remove any labels or stickers. Clean, white (white only!) foam take-out containers and foam cups (Clean/rinsed). No peanuts or bubble wrap. No colored Styrofoam. See reverse. Books: soft and hard cover, audio; CDs & DVDs (9-1) No encyclopedias Friends of Medfield Library May 27 Clothing, Linens, Towels, Shoes etc. Clean, dry textiles in any condition Medfield Green Epilepsy Foundation Ongoing Mattresses and Box Springs - place in grant-funded container to right of tip-floor. Medications/Drug/Sharps – Public Safety Building has ongoing collection. Household Hazardous Waste–April 29 (9–1) Contact DPW for year-round options Textiles – deposit clean, dry textiles in the Epilepsy Foundation trailer or donation bins. Transfer Station Sticker Required for access to Transfer Station. Stickers can be purchased by mail and at the DPW, $75 for 2yrs. Medfield Green Month is a collaboration of Medfield Green & the Town of Medfield Sponsored by Medfield Employers & Merchants Organization More Details about Medfield Green Month For Additional Information Check Each Vendor’s Website Electronics – Collection of TVs (CRT, LCD and Plasma), monitors, computers, laptops, printers/scanners/faxes, printer cartridges, radios, stereos, entertainment systems, all cables and wires, projectors, all telephones, CDs, floppy discs, servers, Printed Circuit Boards, rechargeable batteries, all consumer electronics. Fee may apply. Electronixredux.com The Swap Area - Collection of household items - provides residents an opportunity to find a new life for their items. It is open Wed, Fri and Sat. from 9 – 3 (drop offs only through 2:30) until Saturday October 28th at 12 noon. The Swap accepts clean, working (or easily repairable) household items that can be used by someone else. Categories of acceptable items are: Toys/Games/Educational materials; Bicycles/Exercise Equipment/Sporting Goods; Household items; Household Electric Items; Decorative Items; Baby Items; Tools/Hardware; Building Materials(limited quantity); Garden/Yard Items; Office Furniture/Supplies; Furniture; Entertainment Items; Books and Magazines. The Swap area does NOT accept any materials that are not accepted as solid waste at the Transfer Station (e.g., TVs, CRTs, automobile parts, tires, oil, concrete, and gypsum). Can you spare 15 minutes or more to help? Volunteers are always needed. Just stop in or contact n.nancyirwin@verizon.net for more details. Town.medfield.net Reusable Building Materials for resale – high quality – no construction or demolition debris – Please see website for complete list and quantity minimums (http://www.bostonbuildingresources.com/donate-building-materials/). Partial list of materials we accept: cabinets, countertops, some sinks, appliances (less than 7yrs old), vanities, ceramic tile, vinyl and wood replacement windows, doors and hardware (interior, exterior, storm – no lead paint), lumber, drywall, plywood, exterior shutters, carpeting, sheet vinyl, wood flooring, latex paint. No glass of any kind. If you would not share it with a friend, please don’t bring it. Please Email paul@bostonbuildingresources.com directly, before 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 11th if you have any questions or to confirm your items are needed/wanted. Bostonbuildingresources.com Styrofoam – WHITE ONLY! We will accept packing blocks, clean white produce and meat trays, clean white take out containers, clean hot cups such as Dunkin' Donuts, Honey Dew and Cumberland Farms (without paper or cardboard infused), white foam egg cartons. Will NOT accept: Colored foam products, plastic utensils, foam cups infused with cardboard or paper such as McDonalds, Newman, and Burger King (ice tea cup), biodegradable produce and meat-trays (for example, GenPak without the recycling symbol), polyurethane foam (PU), cardboard egg cartons, soft foam pads, food containers with plastic film attached (some ground turkey comes in these containers), pipe insulation. PLEASE take CLEAN, REUSABLE styrofoam PEANUTS to Express Business Center (258A Main St., Medfield 508-359-7444), Postal Center (14 Milliston Rd B, Millis, 508-376-1200), or UPS (689 Main, Route 1A, 1A Marketplace, Walpole 508-668-8700). AFTER MAY 20, NEXT STYROFOAM COLLECTION IS PLANNED FOR OCTOBER 2017. WATCH FOR DETAILS. Book Donations - The Friends of the Medfield Library volunteers run the Friends Bookstore to raise funds for the Medfield Library. Books, CD, and DVD donations are accepted whenever the Medfield Library is open, and these donations are used to stock the Friends Bookstore. The Friends Bookstore is moving to a new and improved space in the Medfield Library, starting in May. GRAND OPENING WILL BE ON MAY 30TH. Sports Equipment Swap – Medfield Strong, a 5th grade boys service group, is running a used equipment swap for sports such as: baseball, lacrosse, tennis, soccer, football, hockey, basketball, golf, etc. (Please, NO ski equipment of any kind) Anyone is welcome to take equipment. No donation necessary. All left over equipment will be donated. If you would like to donate but cannot make the Saturday event, please e-mail to make alternate arrangements jennybradbury@yahoo.com or iannone513@hotmail.com. Textile Donations – The Epilepsy Foundation of New England will collect all clean/dry textiles in any condition. This includes clothing, linens, shoes, purses, throw-rugs, blankets and towels. For a list of unacceptable items visit http://donateclothes.epilepsynewengland.org/ Medications/Drugs – The Medfield Police offers free disposal of drugs and sharps. Drugs are being detected in groundwater. Accepted drugs include: prescription and over the counter medication, pills, capsules, patches, prescription ointments, prescription liquids in unbreakable, leak-proof containers and vitamins. www.norfolkda.com. Sharps can be deposited in a separate collection container also in the lobby of the Public Safety Building. Food Composting Come learn about the program at the Transfer Station from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday May 13th. Food scraps, baked goods, cheese, raw and cooked meat, fish, bones and biodegradable bags can be composted. Place your food for composting in the large toters that are kept to the right of the tip floor. We only ask that you don’t include liquids, oils, fat, or plastic bags. Food waste is sent to an off-site commercial composting facility. For more information, go to town.medfield.net and look under Transfer Station. Starter kits can also be purchased at the Transfer Station from 9 to 1 on Saturday May 13th or at the Department of Public Works Building, 55 North Meadows Road, during business hours. A complete starter kit includes a 3.5 gallon pail with animal and odor proof lid, a kitchen scrap bucket, and two rolls of biodegradable liners (count of 50 liners). Cost is $15 (including sales tax). Purchase of just the kitchen scrap bucket and 50 biodegradable liners is $5 (including sales tax). Backyard composters are also available for sale Saturday May 13th from 9 to 1 for $25 (plus sales tax). Please make checks payable to “The Town of Medfield.” This project is funded in part by a grant from MassDEP.medfield green may 2017_Page_2

Green Community recognition 4/12

The Medfield Energy Committee was tenacious, working hard over many years to position Medfield to become a Green Community, by satisfying the five required criteria, most recently by crafting a five year plan for a further 20% reduction by the town government’s energy use – that was filed and accepted by DOER over the winter.  The DOER invitation to the Green Community designation event appears below.  The five year plan was a “further” reduction, because the Medfield Energy Committee already had affected over a 30% energy use reduction since MEC first started its work.

It turns out that saving the planet also helps to save the town money.

And, don’t forget that qualifying as a Green Community also gets the town a $148,000 DOER grant, as well as access to future ongoing competitive DOER grants. So doing the right thing also earns the town money.

Westwood used one of the DOER competitive grants ($250,000) to buy and convert all its streetlights to LED fixtures.

Our own streetlight purchase ($1) and LED conversion (in round numbers, about $100,000) is a warrant article at our upcoming town meeting.  In general terms the town would spend about $100,000 to buy and convert to LED’s, get a now available, time limited $30,000 DOER grant to do so, and save about $30,000/year in future reduced electricity charges, for a pay back of the cost to convert in less than three years.

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Nancy Irwin & Mary Pat McSharry, 2017 MFi volunteer award nominees

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Nancy Irwin & Mary Pat McSharry, 2017 MFi volunteer award nominees for “their” SWAP area

Nancy and Mary Pat were jointly nominated by Megan Sullivan, Chair of the town’s Transfer Station and Recycling Committee, for recognition by the Medfield Foundation volunteer awards for their work creating the current SWAP area at the Transfer Station. Nancy has been running the SWAP for eight years, Mary Pat for three and a half years.

This was Megan’s nomination of each:


 

Nancy Irwin should be Volunteer of the Year because of her tireless work at the SWAP area that benefits Medfield in many ways.

Nancy has done a wonderful job taking a dumping ground and turning it into a fully-functional swap/reuse area that is an example for other towns.

Since 2009 (or maybe 2010) Nancy has been working to make the swap area better and better. Before Nancy got involved, the SWAP area was a location where people dumped their cardboard boxes of belongings and people searched through them. At the end of the day, everything left was thrown away. With perseverance Nancy has steadily made improvements each yea r. In the first years volunteers would take things home at night and bring them back the next day so they might have another chance to be adopted by someone. And now we have a wonderful covered swap area where items are well organized for display, making them more likely to be taken home, and they can stay for up to 2 weeks. In addition, now when remaining items are moved out if they have not been adopted, Nancy and her crew of volunteers work very hard to make sure only the “truly trash” ends up on the tip floor and everything else is donated or recycled. Nancy has been the leading force behind these changes.

Nancy has worked hand in hand with the DPW to accomplish the changes at the SWAP. A few years ago Nancy joined the Transfer Station and Recycling Committee so the swap area is represented on this committee. She has been a dedicated member. The new tent and paving are the result of her requests to the DPW.

While Nancy has been a SWAP champion (aka Grand Poobah), there are many folks who volunteer to make the SWAP area run during the operating season. (I appreciate all of them too!) Nancy doesn’t hesitate to ask for help and has a great group of volunteers who make the whole area run. Her enthusiasm for the area is contagious. And now that the SWAP is well organized and well-run, new volunteers have come forward to help.

Keeping the volunteers and customers happy isn’t an easy job. Nancy hasn’t let the difficult conversations get in the way of making the SWAP a nice place for the community to gather and find a treasure and for the town to reduce the waste generated by offering an easy place for reuse.

More often than not from 9am – 4pm Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from May – October you will find Nancy Irwin at the SWAP area. She is a dedicated volunteer who generously donates her time to make the SWAP area a fun, pleasant and important place for Medfield and one that is key to reducing the amount of trash the town disposes of. I’ve heard from many folks that the SWAP is one of their favorite things about Medfield … and Nancy Irwin is to thank for that.

 


 

Mary Pat McSharry is an incredible volunteer for the SWAP area and for this reason I am nominating her for Volunteer of the Year. Mary Pat has been a partner with Nancy Irwin in the management of the SWAP area since September 2013. As Mary Pat explains, one afternoon she came by and dropped some items off and never left. Until that time she hadn’t even heard of the SWAP. And since then she’s been an amazing volunteer!

Mary Pat has been wonderful for the SWAP area. She is very creative and she is responsible for the logistics, the layout of the tent area and keeping things looking fresh. She is pleasant and helpful to people at the SWAP. In addition, her creativity shines through in the creations she makes from and suggests for items in the SWAP area. She’s always creating. The signs that indicate different areas in the SWAP area were made by Mary Pat from repurposed treasures. The new sign made from a headboard that is outside the mattress recycling container is one of Mary Pat’s. She heard of the need and offered to make the sign, repurposing something that was headed toward the trash and at the same time saving the Town the cost of purchasing a new sign.

Mary Pat has also personally donated supplies for the swap area. The tent that has been used for electronics the past 3 years was a personal donation. In addition, she has not (but should have!) asked for reimbursement for the supplies such as tape and lanyards that she has purchased to keep the swap area running smoothly. You can tell her heart is in the volunteer work she does for the SWAP. She would rather things be running properly than worry about who is paying for them.

Mary Pat is a tireless advocate for the SWAP and attends meetings of the Transfer Station and Recycling Committee when she can. She is committed to a well-running swap area and puts in the energy to make that happen.

More often than not from 9am – 4pm Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from May – October you will find Mary Pat McSharry at the SWAP area. Cold and rainy or in the middle of a heat wave, she is there.  She is a dedicated volunteer who generously donates her time to make the SWAP area a fun, pleasant and important place for Medfield and one that is key to reducing the amount of trash the town disposes of. Mary Pat McSharry is one of the dedicated volunteers to thank for that.

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TOWN OF MEDFIELD POSTED: MEETING TOWN CLERK NOTICE fO"frl otttf.nf.£[o.MAS~ . f£6 -3 p 2: 0 2 POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.~~8iillTER 39 ~ECTION 23A AS AMENDED. OffGE OF fHt Board of Selectmen iG!J~! CLERf< Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room 2nd floor Tuesday February 7, 2017@ 7:00 PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 7:00 PM 495 Partnership Discuss rail line; general partnership update 7:30 PM Medfield Housing Authority, Candace Loewen, Director Update on Tilden Village expansion PENDING Town Administrator evaluation Discuss warrant articles Discussion pertaining to a Medfield Appreciation Day at the flying field located at the hospital site NEW BUSINESS Department of Energy Resources designates Medfield as a Green Community Vote to sign Engagement letter with town auditors Powers & Sullivan LLC INFORMATIONAL Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, William O'Donnell, Register will hold office hours on Thursday February 9, 2017 10 AM to Noon, Town Hall 2nd floor Other business that may come before the Board of Selectmen Signatured _ 3 __ (? Date COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RESOURCES Charles D. Baker Governor Karyn E. Polito Lt. Governor 100 CAMBRIDGE ST., SUITE 1020 BOSTON, MA 02114 Telephone: 617-626-7300 Facsimile: 617-727-0030 Mark Fisher, Chair, Board of Selectmen 459 Main Street Medfield, MA, 02052 Dear Chairman Fisher: Matthew A. Beaton Secretary Judith F. Judson Commissioner February 1, 2017 Congratulations on the Town of Medfield's designation as a Green Community! This designation is quite an achievement and reflects the hard work and tireless efforts your community has exhibited in meeting the Green Communities Designation and Grant Program's five criteria. Meeting these criteria is proof of Medfield's position as an energy leader in Massachusetts, poised to reduce its energy costs, improve the local environment and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects with funding through the Green Communities Designation and Grant Program. The purpose of this letter is to confirm your Green Community designation in writing and provide you with program information and activities relevant to you as a newly-designated Green Community. Along with this designation, the Town of Medfield has been awarded a grant of $146,815. A formulaic allocation has been established that consists of a base grant per community of $125,000, plus an amount adjusted for population and income, with an additional $10,000 for designated communities that met Criterion 1 through adoption of as-of-right siting for renewable energy generation. To receive this grant award, the Town of Medfield will be required to submit a project application proposing how these funds will be spent. The Green Communities Division ("Division") will begin accepting grant applications immediately on 9 am, February 13, 2017. The Green Communities grant application guidance with submission instructions is provided as a separate attached document. Please be sure to work with your Regional Coordinator, Kelly Brown at 508-767-2703, to identify potential energy projects and coordinate with vendors and utility companies. SIGNS Each designated Green Community receives four ( 4) 12" x 18" aluminum signs to be displayed in your community. While you are free to place these signs wherever you choose within your community, the Division recommends installing them in highly-visible, high pedestrian traffic areas (such as near municipal offices, schools, and downtown business districts, and/or within parks and along walking paths). If installed on roadways, the Division recommends hanging them at approximately eye-level for motorists, to maximize readability. DESIGNATED 20UI CERTIFICATES Each Green Community will receives an official certificate for display pronouncing the municipality's designation as a Green Community and including the designation date and signatures of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources. FACES OF GREEN COMMUNITIES WEB PAGE Finally, the Commonwealth is extremely proud of and inspired by the efforts of the 185 Green Communities. From the tip of Cape Cod to the Berkshires, Green Communities such as yours are pursuing their own unique pathways to a clean, sustainable, and more economical energy future. To showcase the diversity of the Green Communities and their individual efforts and results, we have created a Faces of Green Communities web page. Within three months of your designation as a Green Community, we ask that you complete the attached questionnaire and return it to us, along with a photo of your local energy team posing with one of your mounted Green Community signs. Please send your materials to Jane Pfister at jane.pfister@state.ma.us. Once we receive your information and photo, we will quickly add your story to the web site. Again, congratulations on becoming a Green Community. The Division looks forward to working with the Town of Medfield to meet the objectives of the Green Communities Designation and Grant Program and to support you in meeting your local energy goals. Thank you for your commitment to a cleaner energy future for Massachusetts. Sincerely, Joanne Bissetta Deputy Director, Green Communities Division Cc: Michael Sullivan, Town Administrator Axum Teferra, MAPC Kelly Brown, Green Communities Regional Coordinator20170207-agenda-short_page_220170207-agenda-short_page_320170207-agenda-short_page_4

As a Green Community, Medfield gets DOER grant of $146,815

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Department of Energy Resources

Governor Charles D. Baker

Lt. Governor Karyn E. Polito

Secretary Matthew A. Beaton

Commissioner Judith F. Judson

 

Press Release Contact: Kevin O’Shea — 617-626-7362 or Kevin.O’Shea@state.ma.us

 

Baker-Polito Administration Designates 30 Cities and Towns as Green Communities

64% of Massachusetts Residents Live In Green Community

 

BOSTON – February 2, 2017 – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that an additional 30 Massachusetts cities and towns have been designated by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) as Green Communities, committing to an ambitious renewable energy agenda to reduce energy consumption and emissions. With today’s designation, over half of the Commonwealth’s municipalities have earned their Green Communities designation and 64 percent of residents live in a Green Community. The 30 new Green Communities are now eligible for grants totaling $6,460,385 to complete renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in their communities. Since the program began in 2010, DOER’s Green Communities division has awarded over $65 million in grant funding to the Commonwealth’s cities and town through designation and competitive grant rounds.

 

“The Green Communities program is an excellent example of how state and local governments can work together to save taxpayer money and promote responsible energy policies,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The thirty new Green Communities named today will now have additional resources to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy, locking in energy savings for residents and reducing their carbon footprints.”

 

“Our municipal partners continue to help lead the way on renewable energy by adopting practices that reduce their energy consumption, while channeling savings toward vital municipal functions, like public safety and education,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We will continue to provide cities and towns across the Commonwealth the tools they need to reduce energy costs, usage and emissions.”

 

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. The newly designated Green Communities have committed to reducing their energy consumption amounting to savings of $6,241,862 of energy costs and 2,234,090 MMBtu in five years, energy use equivalent to heating and powering nearly 2,718 homes, and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 27,641 metric tons, equivalent to taking 5,819 cars off the roads.

 

“When Massachusetts’ cities and towns invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency programs everyone wins, from taxpayers savings to a statewide reduction in emissions,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beaton. “With today’s designation, DOER’s Green Communities program continues to prove an effective tool in building a clean, renewable energy future for the Commonwealth.”

 

“DOER is proud to work with cities and towns across Massachusetts as they take important steps in embracing renewable energy and energy efficiency at the local level,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judson. “Today’s designations are simply the beginning of an important relationship between the Commonwealth and our municipal partners as we work towards our shared clean energy goals.”

 

DOER awarded funding for projects in these newly designated Green Communities include:

 

 

 

Municipality                        Award

 

Agawam                               $207,970

Blandford                            $138,425

Bolton                                  $141,060

Brockton                              $526,000

Charlton                               $166,570

Chelsea                                 $312,460

Chicopee                              $367,160

Clarksburg                            $141,590

Dartmouth                            $223,750

Dover                                   $137,145

Erving                                  $142,905

Fitchburg                              $306,265

Granville                              $139,280

Hawley                                 $136,920

Malden                                 $332,540

Marshfield                            $182,720

Medfield                              $146,815

New Bedford                       $604,305

North Adams                       $194,580

North Andover                    $169,390

Northbridge                         $176,515

Plainfield                              $137,575

Rockport                              $148,670

Salisbury                              $160,695

Southborough                      $142,865

Southbridge                         $206,130

Ware                                     $169,535

Warren                                 $157,740

Westfield                             $266,565

Winchendon                         $176,245

 

 

A full description of projects funded by today’s Green Communities designation grants can be found here.

 

“Congratulations to the people of Erving for their designation as a Green Community.  Reducing our carbon footprint and energy consumption is critical to fighting climate change and preserving our environment for future generations,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “This grant funding will help build out future clean energy infrastructure to protect our environment and increase energy efficiency.”

 

“Leadership and action at the municipal level are essential to our state’s success in conserving resources and capturing renewable energy,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester). “Rockport and North Andover are making an important commitment to our future by becoming Green Communities, and receiving significant grant funding to propel initiatives that work for people in each town and will make a difference for our Commonwealth.”

 

“North Andover and Salisbury join two other communities in the First Essex Senate District, Newburyport and Amesbury, which have earned the Green Communities designation,” said State Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives (D-Newburyport).  “The grant funding that accompanies this designation will strengthen the ability of North Andover and Salisbury to continue their energy efficiency initiatives, including upgrades to heating and cooling systems in municipal buildings, installation of LED street lighting, and investment in electronic vehicles.”

“I’m thrilled that Blandford, Clarksburg, Hawley, North Adams and Plainfield are now designated as Green Communities,” said State Senator Adam G. Hinds (D- Pittsfield). “Taking this step to improve their collective efforts to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy is good news for the entire Commonwealth.”

“As our Commonwealth continues moving towards clean and renewable energy sources, the Green Communities Grant program has played a vital role in helping municipalities achieve their individual sustainability goals and reduce energy consumption,” said State Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett). “I commend the City of Chelsea for their impressive efforts and hope that this award will help to further advance the great work already underway.”

 

“Our office is thrilled that Salisbury is moving towards finding cleaner energy solutions to reduce long term energy costs in the community,” said State Representative James Kelcourse (R-Amesbury). “We are looking forward to working with the town to qualify for important grant funding as a result of the designation.”

“I want to thank the Baker-Polito administration for providing the City of Chelsea with a Green Community Grant,” said State Representative RoseLee Vincent (D-Revere).  “Through their generosity, the City of Chelsea will be able to use this funding to work with the DOER to find clean energy solutions that will, over time, reduce long-term energy costs and help the City’s local economy.”

 

“This is a win-win for our region. Through the Green Communities Program, Erving has an opportunity to reduce its long-term energy costs and support clean, renewable energy,” said State Representative Susannah Whipps (R-Athol). “It’s such an honor when our smaller communities are recognized for forward thinking when it comes to sustainability.”

“The small rural town of Plainfield has worked hard to earn the Green Community designation, and I commend its citizens for their vision to use energy more efficiently and for making this commitment to transition toward a cleaner and greener energy future,” said State Representative Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington). “The community, its people, and the entire planet will benefit from Plainfield’s dedication to strong environmental values.”

 

“This is very exciting news for the small town of Blandford in my district. With new leadership in the community with a vision for the future this is welcome news,” said State Representative William Smitty Pignatelli (D-Lenox). “I want to thank DOER for recognizing the impacts, even in our smallest towns, of investing in renewable energy.” 

 

“I want to congratulate the City of Chelsea for all their work toward this Green Communities designation and the Department of Energy Resources for their guidance,” said State Representative Daniel Ryan (D-Boston). “The Green Communities program is great example of state and local partnerships lessening the impact on our environment while helping to run our cities and towns more efficiently.”

 

Under the Green Communities Act, DOER’s 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 support communities’ investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that further the clean energy goals determined by the designated communities.  Initial Designation Grants are based on a $125,000 base for each designated Green Community, plus additional amounts tied to per capita income and population, and for municipalities that provide as-of-right siting for renewable energy generation.

 

“The Green Communities Program is an outstanding example of the strong partnership that the Baker-Polito Administration and the Legislature have forged with cities and towns,” said Geoffrey C. Beckwith, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Municipal Association. “Communities all across the state will use these grant funds for innovative programs to reduce energy usage and invest in renewable energy projects, and the benefits will flow to taxpayers and the environment.”

 

Funding for these grants is available through proceeds from carbon allowance auctions under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and Alternative Compliance Payments (ACP) paid by retail electric suppliers that do not meet their Renewable Portfolio Standard compliance obligations through the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates.

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Solarize Medfield

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Statement from the Solarize Medfield Solar Coach Medfield, Mass., Jan. 24, 2017 – Solar Coach Marie Zack Nolan provided the following statement about the Solarize Medfield program, which ended December 21, 2016: “I am thrilled to report that the Solarize Medfield community initiative reached Tier 5, our highest level possible, providing the maximum discount to all our participants regardless of when they signed up. Tier 5 saved people an additional $0.20-per-watt over the already low starting price of the program. Over the six-month program, we had 29 contracts signed, which represents 259.135 kilowatts worth of capacity! This is an increase in capacity by 82% compared to Medfield’s baseline before the program started. “Of the 211 people who expressed interest in the program, 165 requested an initial desk analysis and aerial screening to learn whether their homes or properties were good candidates for solar. Most of the residents who contacted New England Clean Energy had feasible sites and received onsite assessments and proposals. “With 94 onsite solar assessments done and 92 proposals sent to feasible homes, and 29 systems moving forward, we had a 30% success rate during our program. “We are declaring Solarize Medfield a huge success, as many more people in Medfield now understand the benefits of solar and just how amazing a solar photovoltaic (PV) system can work on their roof and within their budget given all the solar incentives available and the state of PV technology now. “The Solarize Medfield team of town volunteers and professional staff from our preferred vendor, New England Clean Energy, worked very hard from July to December. They worked to identify and follow up on leads, and to educate residents on the benefits of solar technology through public meetings at venues including Town Hall, the library and the high school auditorium, and at meetings of MEMO and the Lions Club. The Solarize team held several Solar Open Houses around town, appeared on Medfield Cable TV, and had a booth at Medfield Day. Having the town support us by allowing inserts in the water and sewer bills was critical in being able to reach everyone in town. “I would like to acknowledge volunteer Andrew Curran for his many hours advertising and marketing the program through frequent newsletters, a Facebook page and at events. Andrew grew up in Medfield and is committed to helping the planet through sustainable and environmental advocacy. I also want to recognize Maciej Konieczny, my co-solar coach, who provided technical assistance. And I want to thank everyone at New England Clean Energy of Hudson. The company’s capable and knowledgeable staff was great to work with – helping to communicate our message, educating residents, doing countless site visits and holding frequent library hours to discuss questions and proposals with residents.” (Note: As background, Solarize Medfield is a part of Solarize Mass, a joint initiative of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER). The program is designed to promote the widespread adoption of small-scale solar electricity within a community. Last March, MassCEC announced that Medfield had been selected to participate in the 2016 program. Solarize Medfield used community outreach and group purchasing to reduce the installation costs of solar electricity.) ### CONTACTS: Marie Nolan Medfield Solar Coach (508) 361-8786 mznolan@comcast.net Susan Boucher New England Clean Energy (978) 567-6527 susan@newenglandcleanenergy.com