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Arlington Receives $247,894 Competitive Green Communities Grant

Third Green Communities Grant Since 2010, Cumulative Total of $698,000

Post Date:07/15/2014 12:38 PM

Green Communities LogoAs part of their Green Communities program, the state awarded Arlington a $247,894 grant aimed at implementing energy reduction initiatives. A total of $7.9 million in grants to 43 communities across the Commonwealth were awarded in this latest round of the Green Communities Competitive Grants.

“This grant award is both a testament to the Patrick Administration’s commitment to energy initiatives and recognition of Arlington’s dedication to reducing both energy costs and carbon emissions,” said Town Manager, Adam Chapdelaine. “This funding will serve the dual purpose of assisting in making necessary facility upgrades, and also help meet the Board of Selectmen’s goal of reducing Town energy costs over time.” Chapdelaine added, “this grant award would not have been possible without the hard work of Regional Energy Manager, Ruthy Bennett, Facilities Superintendent, Mark Miano, and the volunteers on the Energy Working Group and Sustainable Arlington.”

The breakdown of the $247,894 grant award is as follows:

• $45,137 Ottoson Middle School - Energy Management System (EMS); Retro-commissioning; AC optimization
• $71,379 Ottoson Middle School - Condensing heating boilers
• $7,366 Ottoson Middle School - Demand control ventilation in cafeteria
• $3,740 Ottoson Middle School - Refrigeration control for walk-in freezer
• $16,588 Ottoson Middle School - Unit ventilator ECM motors
• $10,561 Ottoson Middle School - Kitchen hood variable speed controls
• $81,123 Arlington High School - Energy Management System (EMS)
• $12,000 Project Administration

Arlington was designated a Green Community in 2010 and invested the initial $200,000 grant on converting high pressure sodium streetlights to LED streetlights in East Arlington, upgrading the energy management system at the Hardy school, and the replacement of steam traps in Arlington High School's heating system. Arlington’s first competitive Green Communities grant, which totaled $250,000, went toward upgrading Arlington High School’s 6th Floor HVAC system to a more energy efficient system and installing variable frequency drives on boilers at other Arlington schools and the Robbins Library.

The Green Communities Division empowers the Commonwealth's cities and towns to reduce their energy use and their carbon footprint on the journey towards healthier communities and stronger economies. Read more about Green Communities online at
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