The Town of Franklin was awarded Green Community status in 2018!
The Town of Franklin was recently designated as a Green Community in 2018 (although technically we applied in 2017)! The Town has been working very proactively for many years at making energy efficient technology a priority as a sound business practice. With so much success, the Town decided to take our efforts to the next level and apply. Our certification enables the Town to compete for annual grants form the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to implement green, energy efficient projects. Stay tuned here for additional efforts and announcements on the Town's efforts. (Photo caption: DOER Commissioner Judith Judson attends a regional Designation Cermeony and Press Conference at Franklin Municipal Building in June 2018)
Some of Franklin's industry leading efforts on renewable energy:
- Over 90% of all electricity used by the town and schools are from the solar farm on Upper Union Street. Electricity used in all of our town facilities and schools are from solar.
- By the end of 2018, all lights in town and schools buildings and publicly owned street lights will be LED, saving money in our operating budget every year. The Town anticipates a 75% reduction in operating costs from LED lights.
- The Solarize Massachusetts program got over 80 homes to convert to solar panels in Franklin.
- All of the mechanicals (e.g. boilers, motion sensors, electrical controls, etc.) in our Town and Schools have been upgraded to maximize emergency efficiency.
- Received a GAP II Grant in the amount of $80,000 to upgrade sewer stations pumps to energy efficient ones in 2018.
- New Vehicle Policy mandates energy efficient vehicles must be urchased by the Town.
- Adopting the "Stretch Code" in building standards requires builders to build more energy efficient homes.
To become certified as a Green Community, the Town had to complete a 5-year energy reduction plan to achieve a 20% reduction in energy. The Town's energy reduction plan is here:
If anyone has any questions about the Town's energy efficiency efforts, please contact Deputy Town Administrator Jamie Hellen at 508-553-4887 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org