Sutton recognized by Green Communities for energy savings
By Tom Reilly
Selectman Mike Chizy, third from left, stands next to town planner Jen Hager, followed by town administrator Jim Smith at a recent ceremony at the Statehouse recognizing the town of Sutton for their reduced energy use. Submitted photo The town of Sutton was one of just a few communities honored in a Green Communities ceremony held recently at the Statehouse, which recognized communities that have reached or exceeded a 20 percent reduction in energy use.
Town Administrator Jim Smith said that Green Communities regional manager Kelly Brown applauded Sutton’s efforts.
Gov. Patrick announced the six communities had achieved green communities 20 percent energy reduction goal at the ceremony, which included Arlington, Belchertown, Cambridge, Natick, Palmer, Springfield and Sutton. All have reduced their energy use by 20 percent or more after at least five years of implementing their energy reduction plans. Successful energy-saving measures include lighting retrofits, energy saving performance contracts, building automation systems, variable frequency drives, demand control ventilation, LED street lights, and many smaller retrofit projects.
Selectman Michael Chizy, who attended the event, said “Sutton is one of six communities statewide and the only Central Massachusetts community to reduce our energy use by more than 20 percent. Congratulations to the entire town and school staff for their efforts in reducing our energy consumption. Well done.”
Town Administrator James Smith and Town Planner Jennifer Hager also attended the event.