THE TOWN OF HAWLEY HAS BEEN AWARDED a Green Communities designation by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), according to Hawley Selectboard Chair John Sears. He received an announcement letter via email dated February 1 from Joanne Bissetta, Deputy Director, Green Communities Division. The designation involves a commitment by the Town to take certain measures to effect increases in energy efficiency over time, and comes with a grant of up to $136,920 to make the Town’s buildings more economical.
A great deal of work has already been done, according to John, to get the community to the point where it qualified for this award, and there is more to be done as the Town makes specific application regarding the details involved in reconditioning the buildings.
Interestingly, one of the requirements for submitting these applications is that they now need to be delivered to the Commonwealth on-line: paper applications are not acceptable.
With the new designation, the Town is now ready to move forward on energy-saving projects. And as John says, “Thanks to all who worked hard to make this happen!”