Green Communities

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.  

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Green Communities Grant Projects

As a Green Community, the Town of Wellesley is eligible to apply for grants to fund municipal energy conservation projects.  

Green Communities 2021 Competitive Grant

The Town used its Green Communities 2021 Competitive Grant of $27,00, to fund the two projects described below:  

  • A light-emitting diode (LED) retrofit project in the Department of Public Works Water and Sewer Garage. The new LED lighting will cost less money to operate and maintain than the old fluorescent lights, and, most importantly, improves light quality in the garage, providing a safer work environment for the Water and Sewer crew. 

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DPW Water and Sewer Garage with old fluorescent lighting (above) and with the new LED light fixtures (below).

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  • The purchase of two hybrid Ford Interceptor cruisers for the Wellesley Police Department (WPD). The grant funds helped WPD cost-effectively replace older, less efficient police cruisers with hybrid cruisers that decrease fuel use, energy and maintenance costs, and greenhouse gas emissions.

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WPD Chief Jack Pilecki's new hybrid Ford Interceptor above, and new hybrid cruiser #1416 below.

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Green Communities Designation Grant

The Town used its Green Communities Designation Grant of $137,250, to fund the six projects described below:  

DPW Lights-Close Up of East Side

  • 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;

Town Hall Annex Aerial Overview

  • 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);

WTP LED Retrofit

  • An interior LED retrofit at the Town’s water treatment plants (Above - photo of old light (left) and new LED light (right)); and

EV Charging Station Waban Street

  • 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. 

Fuel Efficient Vehicle Policy - requires that the municipality replace non-exempt vehicles with energy efficient models where such models are available and practicable.

Solar Bylaw - Annual Town Meeting amended the zoning bylaws to include a solar overlay district at the cloverleaf intersection of Routes 9 and 128. 

Stretch Energy Code - Annual Town Meeting adopted the MA Stretch Energy Code in 2011

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/building-energy-codes