AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Agawam accepted a check for $200,000 as well as a framed certificate for their designation as a “Green Community.” Agawam was one of several western Massachusetts communities receiving nearly $1.5 million in designation grants from the Baker Administration earlier this month.
A green community is committed to an ambitious renewable energy agenda to reduce energy consumption and emissions. Agawam began its formal journey to become one in 2010, committing to reduce both energy consumption and emissions.
Mayor Richard Cohen already has plans for the first check they received. “The first two buildings that we’re gonna look to spend the first check on is the Clark Elementary School and the Doering Middle School,” he told 22News. “Those are some who are in need of the work.” They hope to have the work done on the schools by summer, in order to start saving money next school year.
Mayor Cohen told 22News that reducing energy consumption is a “gift that keeps on giving,” because it saves money for tax payers and helps our environment.
Under the Green Communities Act, the Green Communities Designation and Grant Program can fund up to $20 million a year to qualified cities and towns. There are currently 185 designated Green Communities across the state, which are home to 64 percent of Massachusetts residents.