The Town of Amherst has received a $125,998 Green Community Competitive Grant from the MA Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Green Communities Division. Approximately $100,500 of the funding is being provided for LED lighting retrofits at the Munson Library, Police Station and Town Hall. In addition the Town has received $25,500 for vehicle idle reduction technology.
“As always we are grateful to the MA DOER Green Communities program for making this funding available. During this unprecedented time of a global pandemic it is important that we also stay vigilant in our mission to increase efficiency as one of the methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions" said Amherst Town Manager Paul Bockelman.
The Green Communities Division serves all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns helping them find clean energy solutions that reduce long-term energy costs and strengthen local economies. The Baker-Polito Administration awarded a total of $13,000,558 in Green Communities competitive grants to 103 municipalities across Massachusetts, including Amherst, to fund clean energy projects. The Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has awarded over $136 million to Green Communities in Designation Grants and Competitive Grants since 2010.
The Town has previously received Green Communities funding for the following projects: retro-fitting town-owned streetlights to LED technology; municipal building lighting retrofits, more efficient boiler replacement; increased mechanical efficiency for HVAC systems; purchase of an electric vehicle and staff training regarding energy management systems.
For more information on this grant, please contact Amherst Sustainability Coordinator Stephanie Ciccarello at firstname.lastname@example.org