There is a word for people who conserve energy. SMART.

Green Communities is a State initiative to help towns finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at the local level.

Each Green Community is eligible for multiple grants from the State Department of Energy Resources (DOER). In fact, the 185 towns and cities that have achieved Green Community status have received $67M in grants from the state already.

Here’s what Canton stands to gain from the State if the town gets the Green Community status:

$160,000+/- in initial energy efficiency Green Communities Designation Grant funding

• Eligibility for up to $250,000 per year in future Green Communities Competitive Grant energy efficiency grant funding

• Assistance with developing and implementing policies that will help our town reduce energy usage, both electricity and fossil fuels, while allowing renewable and alternative energy research or manufacturing facilities as a right in industrial and limited industrial zones.

To find out what can be done with these grants click here to see what the other 185 Green Community towns have done.

To achieve the Green Community status the Town of Canton must complete five criteria and submit the application to the DOER this coming October. 

 At the Town Meeting in May the Town of Canton voted in approval of the following two of the criteria.

• Provide as-of-right siting in designated locations for renewable/alternative energy research & development, or manufacturing facilities.

• Set requirements to minimize life-cycle energy costs for new construction by adopting the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) Stretch Code.