On February 3, 2020, Nantucket was designated as a Massachusetts Green Community, joining approximately 300 other Massachusetts municipalities committing to reduce energy consumption and lower emissions.
The Green Community Designation and Grant Program provides a road map and financial assistance to municipalities that pledge to reduce municipal energy use by 20 percent over 5 years. In addition to developing the Energy Reduction Plan, the Town fulfilled four other requirements to qualify as a Green Community, including:
Designating the landfill as a solar-by-right overlay district with expedited permitting
Approving a fuel-efficient vehicle purchasing policy for municipal vehicles,
Adoption of the Stretch Energy Code at the 2019 annual town meeting
In receiving the designation in 2020, Town Manager C. Elizabeth Gibson stated, “receiving this designation reaffirms the Town’s commitment to creating a sustainable future that reduces our reliance on fossil fuels and cuts our carbon emissions. With these grant funds we will be able to take steps towards these goals without worrying about impacts on the town budget.”
Lauren Sinatra, the Town’s Energy Coordinator who shepherded the Town through the designation process, added “This is a huge accomplishment for Nantucket and the many stakeholders within the Town and community who’ve supported this effort over the years. It took a community-wide effort to make this designation possible.”
Town Manager Libby Gibson accepting the initial $139,340 Green Communities designation grant from Lisa Sullivan from the Department of Energy Resources. Also pictured: Janet Schulte of Culture and Tourism Department and Lauren Sinatra, Energy Coordinator.