Acushnet has become the second town in SouthCoast to achieve the state’s “Green Community” designation, joining Lakeville.
“Green Communities” is a state program that makes grants available to towns that meet five requirements toward being more sustainable. The requirements include such measures as creating an expedited permitting process for siting alternative energy like wind turbines or solar farms; purchasing only fuel-efficient vehicles; setting requirements to minimize energy costs for new construction projects; and developing a plan to reduce the town’s energy use by 20 percent within five years.
With the new designation, Acushnet is now eligible for a $125,000 base grant plus $154,225 in additional funds.
The state will also provide Acushnet with four road signs identifying the town as an official Green Community.
At a late October meeting when selectmen took the final vote necessary to send in their application, Chairman of the Selectmen Leslie Dakin commented that “Acushnet is all about efficiency and accountability.”
At the same session, Selectman Kevin Gaspar agreed, saying “It’s a great move for Acushnet.
“It will give us grants and reduce our carbon footprint at the same time,” he said.
Acushnet was one of 13 municipalities to receive the designation this week. Statewide, there are now 123 Green Communities, meaning 48 percent of Massachusetts residents now live in one.
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