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Green Communities Group

The Green Communities Group has been formed to provide support and education to determine if Maynard can be eligible to receive funds from the state for building a more sustainable community.

 What Must a Town Do to Become Eligible?  

The Green Communities Designation and Grant Program, an initiative of the Green Communities Division, works with municipalities toward their qualification as a Green Community and provides funding to qualified municipalities for energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives. By meeting five rigorous qualification criteria, a designated Green Community has demonstrated a commitment to reducing its energy consumption, pursuing clean renewable and alternative energy projects, and providing for economic development in the clean energy sector.

There is a lot to learn....

Summary of the Green Communities Grant Program:
(this page has an outline of the 5 qualification steps and links to lots of information)

Guideline for Green Communities Grant and the Stretch Code adoption process:

Description of the Stretch energy code and what it means.

Complete information for receiving Planning Assistance, applying to become a Green Community, and applying for grant funding once designated as a Green Community, is available below.

The criteria required to be met before a city or town is designated a Green Community are outlined below.

Criterion #1: Provide as-of-right siting in designated locations for renewable/alternative energy generation, research & development, or manufacturing facilities

Criterion #2: Adopted an expedited application and permit process for as-of-right energy facilities

Criterion #3: Establish benchmark for energy use and developed a plan to reduce baseline by 20 percent within 5 years

Criterion #4: Purchase only fuel-efficient vehicles

Criterion #5: Set requirements to minimize life-cycle energy costs for new construction; one way to meet these requirements is to adopt the new Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) Stretch Code 

 What 's Happening in Maynard?  

A Green Planning Committee has been established.  As of January 2011, they are in the exploratory phase of determining whether or not Maynard should try to qualify as a designated green community.

MCAN is committed to providing a voice for interested parties in the discussion, and educating people about the  issues involved with qualifying for the funds.

From Kevin Sweet - June 21st, 2011

I am pleased to announce the Board of Selectmen unanimously voted at tonight’s meeting to accept the Green Communities Action Plan.  This is a big step in the right direction and we have a lot of work to do moving forward.  Please disregard the latest version of the Action Plan that was distributed as there have been many updates since then.  I hope to distribute the updated plan tomorrow, keeping in mind that like most plans they are never a final document.

Also, attached please find the presentation from June 6th regarding the stretch code.  This will be added to the website shortly. (Attachment is available in the Documents Tab above)

Thank you all again for your hard work to date.  As this plan was the last milestone for the planning assistance grant it is time to say good bye to ICF.  I thank Marianne Graham from ICF for her assistance and willingness to work with members of the committee.