Created in 2008 by the Green Communities Act , the Green Communities Division's charge is to guide all 351 cities and towns along a path of enhanced energy efficiency and renewable energy toward zero net energy. Whether they are advanced energy savers or newcomers to this field, each municipality will be well served by the energy experts in the Green Communities Division.

Our goal is to help cities and towns maximize energy efficiency in public buildings, including schools, city halls, and public works and public safety buildings; generate clean energy from renewable sources; and manage rising energy costs.

To achieve these goals, the Division is becoming the energy hub for cities and towns, by providing the following:

  • Education about the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • Guidance and technical assistance through the energy management process
  • Facilitation of informed decisions and actions
  • Collaboration through shared best practices among cities and towns
  • Local support from regional Green Communities coordinators
  • Opportunities to fund energy improvements

When we accomplish our energy goals, Massachusetts' cities and towns and the Green Communities Division will provide a model to help communities across the United States embrace a clean energy future for the 21st century.

This information is provided by the Department of Energy Resources.