The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources designated Wellesley a Green Community in December 2017. To qualify as a Green Community, Wellesley developed a five-year Energy Reduction Plan and a Fuel Efficient Vehicle Policy, and amended the zoning bylaws to include a solar overlay district. In 2011, Wellesley adopted the Stretch Energy Code.
Green Communities Grant Projects
As a Green Community, the Town of Wellesley is eligible to apply for grants to fund municipal energy conservation projects. The Town used its Green Communities Designation Grant of $137,250, to fund the six projects described below:
A light-emitting diode (LED) retrofit project on the Department of Public Works Campus (Above - photo of LED lights on East side of DPW Garage);
An energy audit of the Town’s water and sewer pump stations and water treatment plants.
An exterior LED retrofit project on the campus of the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant;
A sustainability analysis for a Town Hall Annex Feasibility Study. The Feasibility Study generated plans for a zero net energy, high performance office building to house several Town departments (Above - Rendition showing aerial view of Town Hall Annex design);
An interior LED retrofit at the Town’s water treatment plants (Above - photo of old light (left) and new LED light (right)); and
The installation of Wellesley’s first Town-owned electric vehicle (EV) charging at the Waban Street Parking Lot (Above - photo of new charging station).
Wellesley’s Green Communities Designation Grant Application
You can read about elements of Wellesley’s Green Communities Designation Grant application, below.
Energy Reduction Plan - outlines a plan to reduce municipal energy use 20% below 2015 levels by the year 2020.