The Town of Grafton is proud to announce it has been awarded a grant in the amount of $157,485 along with its designation as a 'Green Community'!
In July of 2008, Govenor Patrick signed into law the landmark Green Communities Act, creating what we now know as the Green Communities Division within the Department of Energy Resources (DOER). Along with the Division, the Green Comminities Act established the Green Communities Grant Program which provides up to $10 million dollars annually in grant funding to cities and towns that make the commitment and choose to become designated as a 'Green Community'. The grant funds can then be used to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy activities thoughout the Town. In order to become a 'Green Community' the following criteria must be met:
- Adopt "As-of-Right" zoning for renewable or alternative energy generation, R&D facilities or manufacturing facilities.
- Establish an expedited permitting process for those facilities.
- Establish the town's baseline energy usage & an Energy Reduction Plan to reduce that usage by 20% within 5 years.
- Create a fuel-efficient vehicle policy to procure fuel efficient vehicles as defined by the EPA.
- Require new construction to minimize the life-cycle cost of the facility by utilizing energy efficiency, water conservation, and other renewable or alternative energy technologies.
On October 24, 2017 the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to adopt the Enertgy Reducation Plan for Criterion 3 and completed the Application for Designation.
You can read the Letter from the Mass Department of Energy Resources, dated December 28, 2017, designating Grafton as a Green Community for more information.
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