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State awards Winchester $99,999 Green Communities Grant

The Town of Winchester has received a $99,999 state Green Communities Grant. FILE PHOTO/WINCHESTER NEWS

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The following was submitted by the office of Sen. Jason Lewis:

State Sen. Jason Lewis and Sen. Pat Jehlen, Rep. Michael Day and Rep. Michelle Ciccolo, and the Town of Winchester are excited to announce a $99,999 Green Communities grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to support Winchester’s clean energy goals.

The Town of Winchester will use this state grant to fund energy conservation measures, including LED lighting, attic insulation, and transformers in municipal facilities, including McCall Middle School, Wildwood Cemetery, and the Winchester Water Treatment Plant.

“I’m thrilled that Winchester is receiving this Green Communities state grant to help the town achieve its own energy efficiency targets, while also supporting our larger statewide climate action goals,” said Lewis. “I look forward to seeing the progress that Winchester continues to make as we work together to promote cleaner and more efficient energy usage in the community.”

“I am so happy to see this funding going to Winchester’s clean energy goals,” said Jehlen. “Investing in our community through measures that help reduce greenhouse gasses is crucial. Winchester will be able to continue making great strides with this funding."

“I applaud the Town of Winchester’s proactive approach in applying to this grant program,” said Day. “This is another example of how the Commonwealth and our local communities can work together to tackle climate change, protect our environment and move us closer towards our clean energy goals.”

“Meeting our ambitious climate goals requires concerted action from all levels of government and I am thrilled that this grant will support Winchester in making continued progress towards its benchmarks,” said Ciccolo.

“The Town of Winchester is grateful for this grant from the Department of Energy Resources. Since becoming a Green Community in 2010, Winchester has reduced municipal energy use by almost 26%, thanks in large part to projects funded by a total of $1.7 million in Green Communities grants,” said Ken Pruitt, sustainability director for the Town of Winchester. “Grant-funded efficiency projects have been completed at almost all Town facilities. These projects have simultaneously reduced energy costs for the Town and are helping meet Winchester’s goal of reducing carbon pollution 80% by 2050. Special thanks to our consultant Spark Energy for assisting Winchester with this and prior Green Communities grant proposals.”

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