Thank you and Congratulations Stoughton! We made the Map!
On Monday June 16, 2014, Stoughton Town Meeting voted in Favor of Adopting the Stretch Energy Code. This resulting vote allows the Stoughton Energy & Sustainability Committee the wonderful opportunity to continue to pursue the Green Communities Grant Program, sponsored by the State of Massachusetts, DOER, which could earn Stoughton a designation Grant award amount upward of $200,000.00. The grant funding must be used in turn, to fund municipal Energy Conservation projects in our Town, which in turn will continue to help Stoughton save money.
Track the progress of the Adoption of the Massachusetts Stretch code, and Green Community Designations Below!
Massachusetts Green Communities Grant Program
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. By meeting five rigorous qualification criteria, a designated Green Community demonstrates a commitment to reducing energy consumption, pursuing clean renewable and alternative energy projects, and providing economic development in the clean energy sector. (Source: http://www.mass.gov)
Five Criteria we must fulfill to be designated a Green Community:
Criterion # 1: Provide as-of-right siting in designated locations for renewable/alternative energy generation, research & development, or manufacturing facilities Update: Town Meeting voted IN FAVOR of a Solar Overlay District on the Stoughton Town Landfill, on Monday June 16, 2014. This vote fulfills Criteria 1 for the GCP!
Criterion # 2: Adopt an expedited application and permit process for as-of-right energy facilities
Criterion # 3: Establish benchmark for energy use and developed a plan to reduce baseline by 20 percent within 5 years. Read our baseline townwide report HERE.
Criterion # 4: Purchase only fuel-efficient vehicles
Criterion # 5: "Adoption of the Stretch Code". Set requirements to minimize life-cycle energy costs for new construction; it is a requirement to adopt the new Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) Stretch Code to be considered for the Massachusetts Green Communities Grant Program. Update: Town Meeting voted IN FAVOR of Adopting the Stretch Energy Code on Monday June 16, 2014. This vote fulfills Criteria 5 for the GCP!
For more detailed information, on each Criteria is available at the mass.gov website here.
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