Green Communities

The Green Communities Division (GCD) provides grants, technical assistance, and local support from Regional Coordinators to help municipalities reduce energy use and costs by implementing clean energy projects in municipal buildings, facilities, and schools. https://www.mass.gov/orgs/green-communities-division

Billerica Overview - Green Communities Designation Program

12/5/17 

  • The Board of Selectmen heard a presentation regarding the process of becoming a Green Community. 
  • Power Point Slides from BOS Meeting. Video will be attached shortly. 
  • Stretch Code Overview
  • Stretch Code Info
  • The Board will vote on a resolution to support this idea at the next meeting! 

12/18/17

2/26/18

  • Town Manager's Office  met with Neal Duffy of DOER to further develop the process for becoming a “Green Community”. There are several steps that must take place meet the five criteria.
  • Go before BOS with Stretch Code with Neal Duffy (agenda item in March 2nd)
  • Introduce ERP and FEVP criterion and process
  • Go before PB with stretch Code with Neal Duffy (BOS meeting)
  • Submit Warrant Article for stretch code (March)
  • Public Hearing with Neal Duffy (April)
  • Have meeting with Neal and Woodard Curran about Wastewater Phase III project Tom, Ken and crew, Abdul (March)
  • Have Town Counsel review Criteria One and Two. Give this task to Mark LaLumiere. (February)
  • Partner with NMCOG for META technical Assistance Grant. Invite Kevin McCarthy (March Meeting) 
  • Meeting with Sean McGloin from National Grid, Kevin Mccarthy, Steve Robertson and NMCOG.
  • Discuss audit and potential vendors (February March)
  • Energy Reduction Plan (ERP) must be approved by BOS and SC.
  • Fuel Efficient Vehicle Policy (FEVP) must be approved by BOS and SC.
  • Meeting with Department heads to discuss impacts.

2/28/17

  • Stretch Code information placed in the Building Department.

3/5/18

5/8/18

  • The Stretch Code Passed Town Meeting!

6/4/18

  • This office met with DOER, National Grid, Town Consultant Rick Minard from NMCOG to discuss next steps to becoming a Green Community. We have identified Town and School Buildings that will be audited by energy “project expeditors” assigned by National Grid. Basically, all Town and school facilities will be audited with the exception of the High School and Pumping Stations. The Town spent over $3 million on energy in FY 2017. These audits will be the tools necessary to develop the Energy Reduction Plan that will include a 20% reduction in energy use as its goal.

8/20

As part of the Green Community process the Town of Billerica is required to write an energy reduction plan. In conjunction with NMCOG and DOER the Town identified the buildings with the largest energy use. 

In the beginning of July Guardian Energy performed an energy audit for weatherization, lighting, HVAC, and other energy performance measures on the buildings listed below:
Police Headquarters
Billerica Public Library
Council on Aging, Town Hall
Wastewater Treatment Plant
DPW/Recreation
East Billerica Fire Station
Fire Department Headquarters
Pump Stations:
George Brown Street
Roger Street
Richardson Street
Hajjar Elementary School
Ditson Elementary School
Dutile Elementary School
Kennedy Elementary School
Vining Elementary School
Locke Middle School
Marshall Middle School
Hallenborg Ice Rink


During preliminary conversations, the auditors were very impressed with many of our improvements already. They noted that the Wastewater Plant was one of the most efficient that they have ever seen. This was not the case for all buildings though. Town Hall and 250 Boston Road (DPW) could be significantly improved as well as many of the schools.

Guardian will give us their report on their findings within the next few weeks. A draft plan will be prepared and presented to the Board of Selectmen for comments early in September with a final version to be reviewed in early October for submission to DOER.