Green Communities Act Technical Support and Analysis
Massachusetts’ Green Communities program helps the state’s 351 cities and towns find and successfully implement clean energy solutions. To receive Green Community designation, communities must develop and implement a plan to reduce energy use by 20 percent within five years and meet additional criteria including allowing for permitting and siting of renewable energy, purchasing fuel-efficient and alternative fuel vehicles, and adopting more stringent building codes. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has engaged Synapse and its subcontractor Lexicon Energy Consulting to review 129 Green Community Annual Reports, develop a Progress Report for the program highlighting achievements to date, and analyze and verify energy data for select towns. Synapse will also identify strategies that are effective across towns, provide support to towns to meet their energy reduction goal, and make recommendations to continue to advance and improve the program.