Goshen Wins Green Community Award and $141K Grant

On December 3, Goshen was designated a Green Community in a State House ceremony hosted by Governor Deval Patrick, and attended by Dave Christopolos, Energy Committee Chair, and Selectman Joe Roberts.

As examples of planned energy savings, Town buildings will receive a lighting upgrade that will be covered by the grant and a match from National Grid. The attics of Town Hall and Town Offices will be air-sealed and upgraded to an insulation rating of R-60. Inefficient heating systems in the Town Garage will be brought up to date. To guide further energy reduction efforts, a thorough energy and weatherization audit of Town buildings will identify other targets for upgrades. Selection of specific upgrade measures and contracting for the upgrades are the responsibility of the Select Board.

To qualify for the Green Community program, the town agreed to meet five specific clean energy benchmarks:

  • Adopting an "as-of-right" bylaw enabling renewable and or alternative energy facilities to proceed without requiring special permits.
  • Passing a "stretch code" requiring all new residential construction more than 3,000 square feet and all new commercial and industrial real estate construction to implement energy saving measures.
  • Adopting an expedited permitting process related to the as-of-right facilities.
  • Establishing a municipal energy-use baseline and a program to reduce use by 20 percent within five years.
  • Agreeing to purchase only fuel-efficient vehicles for municipal use, whenever such vehicles are commercially available.