Green Communities' Library
Collaboration is essential to build Green Communities in Massachusetts. The plans and processes featured in this library are examples provided by cities and towns to share with other municipalities throughout the Commonwealth. Use these samples as reference tools to mobilize your community.
Resources from Other Public and Private Organizations
In Massachusetts, local utilities and energy providers offer robust energy efficiency services for municipalities, including energy assessments and a variety of incentives. They also provide resources and support for renewable energy. Contact your utility account manager for specific information. The Mass Save website is also a useful general information source.
If you are served by a municipal light plant (MLP), contact your MLP account manager or visit Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company for general information.
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in the Commonwealth—while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. MassCEC is a partner, clearinghouse and connector for people in the clean energy sector, making direct investments in clean energy companies, building a strong clean energy workforce, and supporting responsibly sited renewable energy projects across the Commonwealth.
Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN)
MCAN is focused on growing a statewide movement to overcome the threats of climate change through promoting carbon-reducing practices, encouraging actions, and strengthening policies. MCAN supports chapters across Massachusetts in many ways, such as helping to set up energy committees, draft climate action plans, integrate energy efficiency measures, and pass municipal resolutions.
Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA)
MMA is a non-profit, statewide organization for municipal officials to collaborate on policy development and advocacy and ensure effective delivery of services to their communities.
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
NEEP is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to accelerate energy efficiency in the building sector through public policy, program strategies and education. Initiatives include Public Policy, High Efficiency Products, Energy Efficient Buildings, EM&V Forum, and Business Leaders.
United States Department of Energy (DOE)
The DOE presents a wealth of information, including an in-depth review of energy sources and viable solutions to increase energy efficiency, in addition to financing opportunities and incentives.
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The EPA is challenging all New England communities to save money and reduce air pollution by assessing their energy use, taking action to improve energy efficiency, and seeking out renewable energy choices. It offers tools to help communities get it done.