The Green Communities Act cited in the Feb. 26, 2014 press release from the governor’s office interested me. And I found that we have a representative for Western Mass.!
Jim Barry of Springfield can be reached by Phone (413) 755-2232 or by Mobile (617) 823-4588 with email address, JIM.BARRY@STATE.MA.US.
The 106 cities and towns listed for our region are: Adams, Agawam, Alford, Amherst, Ashfield, Athol,Becket, Belchertown,
Bernardston, Blandford, Brimfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Cheshire, Chester,
Chesterfield, Chicopee, Clarksburg, Colrain, Conway, Cummington, Dalton,
Deerfield, Easthampton,East Longmeadow, Egremont, Erving, Florida, Gill, Goshen, Granby, Granville, Great Barrington,
Greenfield, Hadley, Hampden, Hancock, Hatfield, Hardwick, Hawley, Heath,
Hinsdale, Holland, Holyoke, Huntington, Lanesborough, Lee, Lenox, Leverett,
Leyden, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Middlefield, Monroe, Montague, Monterey,
Montgomery, Monson, Mount Washington, New Ashford, New Marlborough,
New Salem, North Adams, Northampton, Northfield, Orange,
Otis, Palmer, Pelham, Peru, Petersham, Pittsfield, Plainfield, Richmond, Rowe, Royalston, Russell, Sandisfield, Savoy, Sheffield, Shelburne, Shutesbury,
Southampton, South Hadley, Southwick, Springfield, Stockbridge, Sunderland, Tolland, Tyringham, Wales,
Ware, Warren, Warwick, Washington, Wendell, Westfield, Westhampton, West Springfield, West Stockbridge, Whately, Wilbraham, Williamsburg, Williamstown, Windsor and Worthington.
There is a nine page pdf “Green Community Designations reach 123” from Dec. 18, 2013 for more information from the http://www.mass.gov/eea/energy-utilities-clean-tech/green-communities/. Montague is not listed as one which got me thinking that We Could become a green community, especially since we have a representative for our region.
And lo and behold, there’s a pdf for that! Nine glorious pages from the MA Dept. of Energy Resources, July 2013, titled “The following guidance describes the Green Communities Designation and Grant Program process (pursuant to M.G.L.c. 25A §10),” that essentially holds our hand on How-To become a green community.
The application takes time. We have our own municipality, already, which is a plus. Therefore, please contact Mr. Barry and the town select board to move forward with this available resource than allow TGP Co. in our backyards.
Updated March 20, 2014: I saw on-line at http://www.montague.net/pages/MontagueMA_Energy/index that Montague is
already a designated green community, 2010, and it has an energy committee with a chairman, six town members, an associate member with two municipal staff. Feel free to attend one of their meetings posted on the web site.