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Watertown officials to discuss 'going green' locally

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  September 30, 2013 01:30 PM

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Watertown officials are partnering with the state and with local residents to discuss tactics that will help the town become more eco-friendly.

Officials are inviting local residents to a forum discussing the town's energy use on Wednesday night, officials said. Hosted in the Watertown Public Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 2, the event will kick-off a comprehensive program where officials will draw up a long-term plan dedicated to using "greener" energy in town.

Forum participants can share their ideas on how to reduce the Watertown's carbon footprint, and can find out more information on being more eco-conscious energy consumers, as well as options the town can consider to become more environmentally friendly.

Watertown is one of six communities benefitting from a $500,000 pilot program started this year by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources that helps municipalities become more energy-efficient and eco-friendly.

“These grants will provide the technical and financial capacity to identify and take full advantage of local clean energy opportunities," said Rick Sullivan, the state's energy and environmental affairs secretary, when the grants were announced in February.

Other communities and agencies participating in the program include Northampton, Newburyport, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (Greenfield, Montague, Buckland and Shelburne), the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Hamilton, Wenham, Salem and Swampscott), and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (Amherst, Hadley, Holyoke, Easthampton, East Longmeadow).

For more information, visit Watertown's official website.

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