The Town of Weston was awarded designation as a Green Community on December 20, 2011 by the Green Communities Division within the Commonwealth’s Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. With this designation, the Town of Weston is considered an energy leader in Massachusetts. With funding through the Green Communities Designation and Grant Program, the Town can implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to further reduce its energy costs and improve our local environment.
The Town of Weston had to meet the following criteria in order to be designated:
Provide as-of-right siting in designated locations for renewable/alternative energy generation, research and development, or manufacturing facilities (The Renewable Energy Overlay District was adopted during the 2011 Annual Town Meeting (PDF) - Article 20)
Adopt an expedited application and permit process for as-of-right energy facilities
Establish an energy use baseline and develop a plan to reduce energy use by twenty percent (20%) within five (5) years
Purchase only fuel-efficient vehicles
Set requirements to minimize life-cycle energy costs for new construction. (The Town adopted the new Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) Stretch Energy Code during the 2011 Annual Town Meeting (PDF) - Article 19)
The town has been awarded a grant of $138,675 with the official designation. To receive this grant award, the town submitted a project application proposing how these funds will be spent. Read the press release from the Department of Energy Resources.