October 20, 2010 - Greenfield received Governor Deval Patrick's Leading by Example Award, which honored 4 municipalities, and others who had significantly reduced energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, or increased recycling, the use of renewable energy and other clean energy, and environmental quality initiatives.
David Cash, Assistance Secretary for Policy at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, opened the ceremony saying “Leading by Example awards provide examples so that no one can say that ‘it cannot be done.’ You are the cutting edge of the Green Revolution.”
Upon receiving the Award, Nancy Hazard of the Greening Greenfield Energy Committee told the story of what galvanized the town to action - when it discovered through research for the Greenfield Energy Audit, that in 2008, $67 million dollars left the community to pay for gasoline, oil, natural gas and electricity for our homes, businesses, and transportation.
“I want to thank everyone that has made this award possible,” she said. “It is the work of the hundreds of people who have worked on and taken the 10% Challenge, the unique partnership between the residents of Greenfield and the Town government, and the understanding that reducing energy use is both good for the economy and the environment.” She introduced Eric Twarog, Greenfield Director of Planning and Development, and fellow Greening Greenfield Energy Committee members Becca King, and Carol and Peter Letson, who had traveled to Boston to receive the Award.
Mr. Twarog stated “What Greenfield has been able to accomplish over the last couple of years would not have been possible if not for the leadership of the Governor and the programs and initiatives that his administration has put in place as well as the leadership of Mayor William Martin and his “green” vision for the Town of Greenfield.”
When giving the award, Ellen Bickelman, State Purchasing Agent, Operations Services Division listed a litany of Greenfield’s achievements. She explained to those gathered that Greenfield was the first Massachusetts community to apply for Green Community designation and is installing 2 megawatts of solar power on a municipal landfill, which will be generating clean power in spring 2011. Greenfield is also working on $4.1 million in energy upgrades to municipal buildings, and will soon break ground on the first of its kind zero net energy transit station. In 2009, the Town launched the Greenfield 10% Challenge - enlisting 10 percent of households and businesses to reduce energy use by 10 percent by the end of 2010. To date, 750 households and 40 businesses have signed the pledge. Greenfield is also home to a near-zero-net-energy affordable housing development of 22 units called the Wisdom Way Solar Village.
Leading by Example (LBE) was established by an April 2007 Executive Order in which Governor Patrick directed agencies of state government to improve energy efficiency, promote clean energy technology and reduce their environmental impacts. The Executive Order calls on state government to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent, reduce energy consumption at state-owned and leased facilities 20 percent, and procure 15 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2012. In addition, it established the Mass LEED-Plus building standard for new state construction, which requires energy performance to be 20 percent better than code. To meet these goals, the LBE Program works collaboratively with various state agencies including the Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) and Operational Services Division (OSD).
This year, in addition to Greenfield, Governor Deval Patrick's Leading by Example Program recognized two University of Massachusetts campuses, two state agencies, and four municipalities. UMass Amherst and the UMass Medical School in Worcester, along with the Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and Department of Fire Services received 2010 Leading by Example Awards at a State House ceremony. Awards were also given to Medford, Northampton, and Mashpee.