Energy smart Newton Program
In February of 2012, Mayor Warren joined businesses and residents in proudly announcing the Energy Smart Newton program, a new, innovative initiative aimed at reducing energy usage city-wide by 20% by the year 2020. This comprehensive approach will address the municipal, commercial and residential sectors. As a Green Community as designated by the Commonwealth's Department of Energy Resources, our goal is to reduce energy usage in the municipal sector as quickly as possible, setting the pace and saving over 30,000 Million Metric Btu's (a standard energy measurement which combines electric kWh and gas therms). NSTAR is a partner in this effort, offering technical advice and financial incentives worth 100's of thousands of dollars to achieve this level of energy reduction. If you are a resident or business owner interested in reducing your energy consumption, below is some useful information on how to get started:
Businesses and Non-profits
Through a partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and NStar, businesses can schedule an appointment to receive an energy audit. Many local businesses have already participated in this program and found tremendous savings that benefit not only the environment but their bottom line as well. To find out more or get help in scheduling an appointment, please contact Peter Smith at the Chamber of Commerce at 617-244-5300.
We are pleased to announce as part of the program the option for residents to receive a cost-free energy audit of their home. The intent is to make Newton a more sustainable community and take seriously our city's goal to reduce our energy consumption. The Newton Eco-project is an initiative of Green Decade Newton. The Eco-project, with a grant from the Bar Foundation promotes the Mass Save residential energy incentive program. That is the "No Cost Home Energy Assessments" (free energy audits). It includes free air sealing, subsidized insulation installation, generous rebates on appliances and equipment, and a 0% loan programs for new equipment and window replacements. Newton residents can sign-up by visiting the Eco-project website at www.newtonecoproject.com. Click on the 'Get a free energy assessment' link on the left. You may also call Next Step Living at 866 867-8729. It is generally easier to sign up on-line. The Home energy assessments take about two hours. Auditors issue a report analyzing what your home needs and provide free programmable thermostats, shower heads, aerators and CFL bulbs. Please contact Jay Walter with any questions about your audit or about the Mass Save program incentives at 617-527-8383, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Solar On Schools Program
In partnership with the School Department and Ameresco, the City Of Newton has installed over 2,700 solar panels, generating 685 kilowatts of power on Newton North High School, Brown Middle School, and the Countryside and Memorial Spaulding Elementary Schools. This project saves the City more than $40,000.00 annually. Below is a link to the real time power generation for our solar panels.
New LED Street Lights Pilot
Recently, the city began a pilot program to install new LED, energy efficient street lights.
Street lights are currently installed on streets surrounding City Hall. Please take a
moment to let us know what you think by filling out a brief survey below.
Building upon the administration’s strong track record on environmental sustainability, Mayor Warren was joined on Thursday, May 23rd by Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Richard Sullivan to announce Newton’s partnership with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center under the Solarize Mass program. Newton was among the communities chosen to receive a state grant to help facilitate commercial and residential solar panel installation.
“I am thankful to Governor Patrick and Secretary Sullivan for their leadership on sustainability, and helping make Newton one of the greenest communities in the Commonwealth,” Mayor Warren said.
"It is my pleasure to stand with the Newton community as they celebrate their participation in the solarize program," Secretary Sullivan said. "We will build on our successes and continue saving residents and businesses money, while creating local jobs.”
Under Mayor Warren’s administration, Newton has been a leader in environmental sustainability. Since taking office, Mayor Warren’s sustainability efforts have saved the city over $2 million annually. Newton was one of first cities to receive a Green Communities grant to conduct a deep retro-fit of a community building, reducing energy consumption by over 60%. Last year Mayor Warren announced the Energy Smart Newton program, aimed at reducing energy consumption by 20% by the year 2020 in the municipal, residential and commercial sectors. Newton was also the first city in the commonwealth to purchase 100% Green (wind) energy for municipal use, and has also signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to install 3/4 MW of solar panels on our school buildings this summer.
Sustainability Month Events:
Second Annual Bike Update
Monday, June 17th, 6:00pm. War Memorial Newton City Hall
This event will be an opportunity to learn about bike safety measures, what the city is doing to implement additional bike lanes throughout Newton, and ask questions of our Police, DOW staff, and Transportation Advisory Group (TAG) members.
Energy Efficient Transportation
Wednesday, June 19th, 2:30pm. Newton City Hall (Homer Street side)
Please join us to see some of the many energy efficient vehicles available in the City of Newton. Among them will be an electric car, with a demonstration of City Hall's free electric car charger; a Zip Car, which is available for hourly rental in Newton; and a Compressed Natural Gas vehicle (CNG) which will soon be added to the city fleet.
Chamber of Commerce Green Business Awards
Wednesday, June 26, 7:30am-9:30am. Newton Marriot Hotel, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue
The annual Green Business Awards will feature keynote speaker Attorney General Martha Coakley. The Chamber's Environment Committee will recognize businesses from both Newton and Needham that have taken a leadership role in reducing energy or other environmental strategies or for providing noteworthy green products or services. Please click here for more information.
Informational Session on Solar Energy
Thursday, June 27th, 7:00pm. War Memorial, Newton City Hall
The City is hosting the second in a series of educational sessions for solar generation of electricity on residential homes and commercial properties. Last month, Mass Clean Energy Center partnered with the City of Newton to select a solar installer that offered to the most beneficial rates. Please come by to learn more about installing solar panels on your property.
Throughout the month of June, Newton will be celebrating Sustainability Month. We want to hear from you about ways to improve energy efficiency and sustainability across the city. Please e-mail your suggestions to Ana Gonzalez at email@example.com.