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Massachusetts Vulnerability Program
The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant program (MVP) provides support for cities and towns in Massachusetts to begin the process of planning for climate change resiliency and implementing priority projects. The state awards communities with funding to complete vulnerability assessments and develop action-oriented resiliency plans. Communities who complete the MVP program become certified as an MVP community and are eligible for MVP Action grant funding and other opportunities.
Weston was awarded a grant in June 2019 for the planning phase, enabling the Town to work on locally relevant and prioritized vulnerability assessments with citizen and staff feedback. It will also be used to update our local hazard mitigation plan. Community workshops will be planned for the fall of 2019.
Green Communities Grants
The Green Communities Division (GCD) of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources provides grants, technical assistance, and local support from regional coordinators to help municipalities reduce energy use and costs by implementing clean energy projects in municipal buildings, facilities, and schools.
Weston has been a designated Green Community since 2011 and has been awarded grant funding for energy related projects in 2011 and 2014. The former Environmental Baseline Committee helped secure the following:
- In 2011 - received $138,675 to fund a boiler replacement in the Middle School with a gas-fired high efficiency condensing boiler.
- In 2014 – received $243,707 to fund an energy management system, retro-commissioning, and boiler at four schools and Fire Headquarters
Weston's Facilities Department is currently performing a lighting audit at several schools and the Sustainability Committee plans to submit a related Green Communities grant in the spring of 2020.
Solar Panels on the Field School
With credit, again, to the former Environmental Baseline Committee, solar photovoltaic panel arrays have been successfully deployed on top of the former landfill and on the Public Works facility roof. The solar credits generated from these two installations have offset municipal energy costs by over $400,000 annually. A live monitor available online reports the energy production on the landfill site and calculates the environmental benefit equivalents.
The Sustainability Committee is looking to adding more solar panels on the rooftop of the Field School building, which will provide the Town with the opportunity to purchase electricity and further reduce municipal energy costs.