Wellesley is officially green

The Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has designated Wellesley as a Green Community, a designation that comes with an initial grant of $137,250 and makes the town eligible for future grants to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The funds support energy reduction projects that should save the town and taxpayers money.

Wellesley’s first grant application will include an exterior light-emitting diode (LED) project at the Department of Public Works and an audit of the Town’s water and wastewater treatment equipment and operations.

About half of the municipalities in Massachusetts have earned a Green Communities designation.

To earn its Green Communities designation, Wellesley’s Sustainable Energy Committee worked with the Facilities Management Department, Municipal Light Plant, Department of Public Works, Board of Selectmen’s office, Planning Department, and other departments, boards, and committees across town.

For more information, contact Marybeth Martello, Administrator, Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee, at mmartello@wellesleyma.gov, 781-431- 1019 x2229.

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