North Andover awarded for renewable energy efforts

March 25, 2017 by  

The towns of Salisbury, Rockport, and North Andover were recently designated as Green Communities, and were awarded grants totaling $478,755.

A ceremony was held at North Andover Town Hall for the presentation of these funds. The monies will go towards energy projects in these communities.

There is a total of 185 Green Communities in the Commonwealth that range from Cape Cod to the Berkshires. These communities have met five criteria to be designated as such in order to receive funding, and have made a pledge to reduce energy consumption and emissions in their communities by 20% over five years.

The program was begun in 2010 by the Department of Energy Resources, and over half of the state’s municipalities have been designated as Green Communities. Salisbury, Rockport, and North Andover are among the 30 Massachusetts cities and towns that were designated as Green Communities in February. North Andover received $169,390 in funds.

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who presented the awards at North Andover Town Hall, commented that by becoming Green Communities, these area are not only reducing energy consumption, but are also making funds available that can be directed to important municipal functions.

Professionally printed banners could be used by the three new towns to be displayed throughout their respective communities, letting the public know of this special designation.