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Posted on December 9, 2014 at 9:49 AM by Jennifer Cafarella
Over the years the Town has made a particular effort to embrace energy and environmental practices that produce both good fiscal results and beneficial environmental results at the local level.
Since the passage of the Green Communities Act in 2008, Winchester has been at the forefront of pursuing State grant funding to help with energy conservation projects for the Town and for private residents and businesses.
Local volunteer groups like the Energy Management Committee, Cool Winchester, Sustainable Winchester, and the Trash Pickers have helped the Town obtain funding from large scale Town-wide projects like entire replacement of the streetlights, to smaller projects like the weatherization of homes of senior citizen in collaboration with the Council on Aging. Savings range in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for entities like the Town, to several thousands of dollars towards an individual’s annual household budget. There are many other examples as well, from the smart energy design of new schools to the reduction of trash disposal tonnage through the introduction of the volunteer “SMART” sticker program at the Transfer Station.
You can learn more about Winchester’s leading role in the State and about the Massachusetts’ Green Communities Program by going to this link http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/doer/green-communities/pubs-reports/gc-progress-report.pdf.