SPRINGFIELD — Senator Eric P. Lesser cheered Friday’s announcement from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) that Springfield has received a $150,000 grant for renewable energy projects as a “Green Community.”
“Springfield is a state leader on addressing our climate and environmental challenges. The fact that Springfield is receiving an additional grant after its original designation as a Green Community demonstrates that the City is keeping to its clean energy commitments and serving as a role model for the Commonwealth. Using our energy more efficiently not only saves taxpayer dollars on the City’s energy costs, but leaves our communities more sustainable for future generations,” Sen. Lesser said.
Under the Green Communities Act, cities and towns must meet five criteria to be designated a Green Community and receive grants. The grants provide financial support for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that advance the communities’ clean energy goals. This is the seventh annual round of DOER Green Communities grants awarded to existing Green Communities that have successfully invested their initial designation grants and previous grant awards.
The grants fund a range projects from ventilation system upgrades and high efficiency lighting to installation of insulation and energy management systems at municipal buildings and facilities.
All Green Communities commit to reducing municipal energy consumption by 20 percent over five years.