‘Green Communities’ Sprout In Massachusetts

Twenty-one cities and towns across Massachusetts have been named “Green Communities,” making them eligible to receive over $3.7 million in grants for local renewable power and energy efficiency projects, the state announced. The 21 communities join 53 others already given the designation.

The Green Communities Designation and Grant Program, part of the Department of Energy Resources, was put into effect in 2008 by Gov. Deval Patrick. To be eligible, cities and towns must meet certain requirements, including using only fuel-efficient municipal vehicles and enacting energy-efficient building codes. Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. said the program “rewards cities and towns that face their energy challenges by adopting green energy practices, which reduce energy costs for municipal residents and create sustainable energy solutions for municipal operations.”

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The funding for the grants comes from auctions of carbon emissions permits under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. This means that when a business pays for the permission to release carbon dioxide into the air, revenue generated goes to researching and implementing green technology in the communities.

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In addition to receiving grant money for sustainable and renewable energy projects, the newly designated green communities received a certificate from the Commonweath, four road signs to boast their official greenness to the public, and at least one Big Belly solar trash compactor for public use.

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.

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  • Reply April 19, 2012

    Yank Dixie

    As an American citizen, I am adamantly opposed to the policies of the UN’s Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development for the following reasons.

    1. Sustainable Development is contrary to U.S. policy of limited government and local rule. It is anti private property, anti free enterprise and anti personal freedom. It is being promoted by non-governmental organizations as a radical political agenda. It is being enforced by international edict – not by American rule of law.

    2. Sustainable Development will raise energy taxes and cost of living expenses while reducing America’s standard of living by forcing cutbacks in energy and water use. It will dictate travel choices, mandate eating decisions, and even direct career decisions. Sustainable Development is an invasion of every aspect of the personal lives of all Americans, resulting in a wrenching transformation of our way of life.

    3. Sustainable Development policies such as “smart growth” and the use of eminent domain, are causing Americans pain and misery as these “top-down” control policies are being implemented by non-elected policy boards and planning commissions. As a result, Americans are losing control of their constitutional protections of property and free choice.

    The policies of Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development are a disaster to the American economy and our way of life. Americans need more than 26 gallons of water per day. There is no reason to reduce energy consumption by 30%. Government, at any level, has no right to dictate personal decisions like the food we eat or the careers we choose. Sustainable Development is contrary to every principle of personal freedom that built this nation.

     For these reasons, I, the undersigned American citizen, demand that the U.S. Conference of Mayors withdraw its support of this disastrous international policy called Sustainable Development (as outlined in the United Nations Agenda 21 document) and support local decisions made by the citizens in individual communities, as our nation was established and as the mayors you represent were elected to do.

    United Nations’ Local Agenda 21 (LA-21) & Communitarian Development Programme

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