Municipal Best Practices

Municipalities are saving energy, reducing GHG emissions, affecting local behavioral changes, and promoting clean energy.

Energy Reduction Achievements by Green Communities

Town of Arlington, Case Study

Arlington met an initial energy reduction goal - energy consumption reduced by 21% from 2008 to 2014; energy costs reduced by $354,000. After grants and rebates, the payback period was less than two years for most efficiency measures.

Town of Belchertown, Case Study

Belchertown met an initial energy reduction goal - energy consumption reduced by % from 2009 to 2014; annual energy costs reduced by $300,000.

City of Cambridge, Case Study

Cambridge met an initial energy reduction goal - energy consumption reduced by 2% from 2008 to 2014; annual energy cost savings of $1.4 million.

Town of Natick, Case Study

Natick met an initial energy reduction goal - energy consumption reduced by 20% from 2008 to 2014; annual energy costs reduced by $387,000.

Town of Palmer, Case Study

Palmer met an initial energy reduction goal - energy consumption reduced by 37 percent from 2009 to 2014; annual savings of $55,000.

City of Springfield, Case Study

Springfield met an initial energy reduction goal = energy consumption reduced by 23 percent since 2007; annual energy costs of  $1.3 million.

Town of Sutton, Case Study

Sutton met an initial energy reduction goal - energy consumption reduced by 21% from 2008 to 2013; annual energy savings of  $114,000; payback less than two years for most measures.

Renewable Energy Successes

Amherst College Biomass Heating

Amherst College has had success with a wood pellet boiler system; staff pleased with performance and simple maintenance.

Briggs Elementary School Wood Pellet Boiler

Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School District reports new wood pellet boiler ran very smoothly after some tweaks during the first year. The success contributed to the school’s national recognition as a Verified Leader through the Collaborative for High Performance Schools.

Town of Scituate, Wind Turbine and Solar PV

The combined generating capacity of the wind turbine and solar array produce 100% of the town’s electrical needs; annual revenue of $500,000 annually.

Best Practices

Town of Westhampton Public Library

Town voters unanimously supported construction of a new library that achieved certified LEED Gold. The project received a $1 million grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Acton and Acton-Boxborborough Schools Power Down Program

The Acton Public Schools and Acton-Boxborough Regional School District (ABRSD) started a school-based behavioral change program aimed at cutting energy waste in the district’s seven schools - the Power Down Initiative helped reduce collective electricity consumption by 15% from 2010 to 2012.

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