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State names Brookline one of 21 new Green Communities

Posted by Brock Parker  July 19, 2011 01:48 PM

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Brookline has been designated as one of the state’s 21 new “Green Communities” and is now eligible to receive $215,000 in funding for renewable energy projects.

The town was named a Green Community today by the Gov. Deval Patrick and Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray administration because it met five clean energy benchmarks.

A total of 74 cities and towns in the state have now been designated as Green Communities, according to a press release from the governor’s office Tuesday.

“We are making real progress in achieving a clean energy future for the Commonwealth, one community at a time,” said Patrick in the press release. “These investments encourage energy savings, create jobs and protect our environment – boosting our economy and improving our quality of life.”

The state Department of Energy Resources uses funding from auctions of carbon emissions permits to reward communities designated as Green Communities because they have met several clean energy benchmarks, including purchasing only fuel-efficient vehicles for municipal use and adopting the state’s “Stretch Code” that reduces the energy costs for new commercial and industrial construction and residential construction that is more than 3,000 square feet.

Cities and towns designated as Green Communities can apply for portions of more than $3.7 million in grants from the Department of Energy Resources for local renewable and energy efficiency projects.

Other cities and towns designated as Green Communities this year are: Ayer, Bedford, Buckland, Carlisle, Deerfield, Granby, Holland, Mendon, Middlefield, Millbury, Monson, Revere, Sherborn, Shutesbury, Somerville, Sutton, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Truro, and Woburn.

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