The Green Communities Designation and Grant Program, an initiative of the Green Communities Division, works with municipalities toward qualification as a Green Community and provides funding to qualified municipalities for energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives.

Establish an energy use baseline and develop a plan to reduce energy use by twenty percent (20%) within five (5) years

Energy Reduction Action Plan Guidance - revised August 2017

Follow these Steps to a Successful Energy Reduction Plan

  • Read the Criterion 3 guidance document
  • Contact your Regional Coordinator for helpful tips
  • Start your audit process pdf format of Audit Recommendations for Municipalities
by contacting your electric utility for a no-cost energy assessment (helpful resource: Audit Recommendations for Municipalities  pdf format of Audit Recommendations for Municipalities
  • Set up MassEnergyInsight to establish your energy use baseline
  • Review sample energy reduction plans below
  • Identify 15-20% of your energy baseline in documented energy efficiency measures
  • Adopt your energy reduction plan (town and/or school as applicable)
  • Submit to DOER as part of your Green Communities designation application

Learn from these sample Energy Reduction Plans

This information is provided by the Department of Energy Resources.