Mayor Gary Christenson is pleased to announce that the City of Malden has been designated a Green Community by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Department of Energy Resources. Through the tireless efforts of City Councillor Craig Spadafora, who also serves as the Chair of the Energy Efficiency Commission, and Public Facilities Director Eric Rubin, the City has met the Green Communities Designation and Grant Program’s five criteria. Some of the criteria includes that the City have the proper research and development zoning in place for light manufacturing or renewable energies, have an energy baseline with a plan to reduce energy usage by 20%, a fuel efficiency vehicle policy, and that the City adopt the new Board of Building Regulations and Standards Stretch Code.
Meeting the criteria has Malden poised to reduce its energy costs, improve the local environment and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects with funding through the Green Communities Designation and Grant program. Along with this designation, Malden has been awarded a grant in the amount $332,540. The City will be required to submit a project application proposing how the funds will be spent. One proposal would be to convert the City’s 3,400 streetlights to LED this summer.
“Today is a major achievement for Malden’s vision for a healthier, more sustainable city and one that we are carrying forward through our future,” said City Councillor Craig Spadafora. “I want to thank Mayor Christenson and the City Council for helping us build a more resilient, greener, cleaner city for all residents. Without the dedication of Molly Pidgeon, Josh Ward-Smith, Stacy VanDeveer, Eric Rubin and former members of the Energy Efficiency Commission, this would not be possible. This designation highlights what Maldonians can do when we work together for the greater good of our City and is a strong example of the impact that volunteers are having in and around our community every day.”
“This is a great step for Malden,” said Public Facilities Director Eric Rubin. “This designation is a goal the City has been working toward for a long time. I thank the State Delegation for their support, Mayor Christenson, and the City Council for their unanimous vote on Malden becoming a Green Community.”
State Representative Paul Donato stated, “We are pleased to see the City of Malden achieve this important designation. This funding will enable Malden to deliver on important initiatives in its quest to reduce energy.”