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The state is enticing cities and towns with grants in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to encourage them to become more energy efficient, with a total of $27.7 million awarded so far.
But five years after launching the Green Communities program, only 11 of the 48 south suburbs stretching to the Cape and Buzzards Bay are among the 110 of the 351 cities and towns statewide that have signed on.
“It takes a little bit of an effort, and right now we just don’t have the time” to qualify, said Rocco Longo, town administrator for Marshfield.
Longo sits on a state Green Communities advisory committee as a representative of a municipality that has not been designated as a Green Community.