December 15, 2017

Green Communities

Green Communities Designation Information: Green Communities Criterion

  • (February, 2017) Marshfield is awarded Green Communities Status and $182,720 of grant money.  Link to article
  • (November, 2016) After reworking the application with an improved Energy Action Plan, the Marshfield Board of Selectmen approve submitting a Green Communities Application to the State of MA. Prior to approval from the Selectmen, the Energy Committee along with other Town employees and Boards completed the 5 criteria required to be a Green Community. Upon approval from the State, Marshfield will be eligible  to receive grant money to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
  • (October, 2015) Marshfield Board of Selectmen approve submitting a Green Communities Application to the State of MA. Prior to approval from the Selectmen, the Energy Committee along with other Town employees and Boards completed the 5 criteria required to be a Green Community. Upon approval from the State, Marshfield will be eligible  to receive grant money to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The application was denied.
  • (Fall, 2014) Marshfield Town Meeting passes Green Communities Stretch Code.
  • (April 28, 2011) Town Articles 19 and 21 Approved Related to the State’s Green Community Program Criterion One
    • The Town Approved Article 19 related to Large-Scale Ground Mounted Solar Photovoltaic installations. According to the language of the warrant: “This article will create a new section of the Zoning Bylaw that will regulate ground mounted solar voltaic panels on a large, commercial scale of one acre or larger. This use will be allowed in the Industrial I-1 Zoning District with Site Plan Approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and by Special Permit from the ZBA in the Airport Zoning District. These comprehensive new regulations will allow for this type of renewable energy generation while protecting the environment and safety of the town residents. Adoption of this bylaw will satisfy one of the criteria for the Town to be designated by the State Department of Energy Resources as a “Green Community”.”
    • Article 21 according to the language of the warrant:”allow[s] the construction of renewable or alternative energy research & development facilities in large buildings, 50,000 square feet or larger within the I-1 Industrial Zoning District.”
  •  (August 30, 2009) An Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Marshfield was completed by Bonnie Domigan, a NSTAR Intern with the support of Sue Haselhorst, Senior Engineer at NSTAR. The Inventory will aid meeting a Green Community Criterion 3. The report was reviewed by the Energy Committee and accepted by the Board of Selectmen. The data was included in our original ESCO Request for Qualifications (RFQ) which was awarded to TRANE. Click to open the Energy Consumption – Green House Gas Inventory