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In March, Nantucket was designated a Massachusetts Green Community, joining 271 other Green Communities in Massachusetts.
The Town achieved this designation by fulfilling five criteria demonstrating a commitment to reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, including:
As a result of this designation, the Town received an initial grant of $139,340 to be used toward cleaner energy solutions for the island. On August 19th, the Select Board approved the contracts for several Green Communities grant-funded projects, including an installation of a new, high-efficiency HVAC system at the Visitor Center building on Federal Street and new public Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations at various municipal sites, including:
Between the Green Community grant funding and pre-approved National Grid rebates, the Town is receiving over $207,000 in equipment upgrades, software, and extended warranties, covering 99.6% of the total project costs. Project installations are slated for this month.