State awards Green Communities grants to five western Mass towns

The program is a partnership between the state and local governments in an effort to reach reduced and renewable energy goals.

BOSTON; Mass. (WWLP) – North Adams, Clarksburg, Erving, Hawley and Plainfield were awarded Green Communities designation grants totaling $753,570 from the state.  The money will pay for clean energy projects in each community.

Over half of the Commonwealth’s municipalities have earned their Green Communities designation and 64 percent of residents live in a Green Community. Since the program began in 2010, the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Green Communities division has awarded over $65-million in grant funding to the Commonwealth’s cities and towns.

The program allows state and local governments to work together to save taxpayer money and promote responsible energy policies.  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.

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

Municipality                        Award

Clarksburg                            $141,590

Erving                                  $142,905

Hawley                                 $136,920

North Adams                       $194,580

Plainfield                              $137,575

A full list of projects funded by the Green Communities program can be found here.