The City of Woburn has received another $100,000 grant from the Department of Energy Resources’ (DOER) Green Communities Division that will fund two energy-saving projects at the Woburn Senior Center. As a designated “Green Community,” Woburn was successful in obtaining funding among a pool of hundreds of other potential Green Communities applicants across the Commonwealth.
The projects represent Mayor Galvin’s continued commitment to energy conservation and environmental sustainability. Including this year’s award, Woburn’s Green Communities designation has helped the City obtain nearly $1.7 million in competitive, energy-related grants from DOER since 2011. Green Community-funded projects have taken many forms during nearly a decade of Woburn’s participation in the program, including retrofitting public buildings and street lights with LED lighting, purchasing electric vehicles for the municipal fleet, and modernizing heating and cooling systems in schools and other City buildings.
Mayor Galvin stated “I want to thank Deputy Superintendent of Public Works Lenny Burnham, City Planner/Grant Writer Dan Orr, and our energy conservation consultant, Susan McPhee, for their hard work in putting this year’s application together. As in past years, our team identified energy efficiency projects that will help the City achieve its long-term goal of reducing its energy consumption by at least twenty percent (20%), while also ensuring good stewardship of taxpayer dollars.”
Projects that will be completed with this year’s Green Communities grant include upgrading the Senior Center building’s insulation and installing additional air-source heat pumps in the cafeteria. These proactive investments in the future of the City’s municipal infrastructure are projected to save the City more than $25,000 a year in energy-related costs once they are completed.