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Holyoke Awarded $230,000 Green Community grant Text Size

The City of Holyoke has been awarded $230,000 in competitive Green
Community funds to go toward improvements to City Hall, to the City Hall
Annex, and to the Exhibition Hall, which is owned by the City and is home
to the Volleyball Hall of Fame and the Children’s Museum. Holyoke was among
the 43 municipalities across Massachusetts to be awarded a Green
Communities Competitive Grant. These grants are awarded to communities that
have successfully invested their Green Communities grant, and are capped at
$250,000 per year. Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Maeve
Vallely Bartlett and Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Acting
Commissioner Meg Lusardi announced the awards in Ashland, MA this week.

“That Holyoke has once again won for this award speaks to our commitment to
a greener future. I commend the head of our DPW Bill Fuqua and our Senior
Planner Claire Ricker for their hard work in securing these funds, and I
thank the state for its continued support,” Mayor Morse said.

Of the City of Holyoke’s $230,000 award, $54,000 will go toward replacing
the Exhibition Halls’ rooftop HVAC units; $98,000 will go toward insulation
and boiler and control replacement; and the remaining $78,000 will go
toward boiler and control replacement in the City Hall annex. Taken
together, these improvements will result in significant savings in the
city’s energy expenses, as well as a reduced environmental footprint.

In the award letter, Deputy Director of the Green Communities Division Lisa
Capone applauded Holyoke’s “efforts to create a greener energy future for
your community for the Commonwealth as a whole.”

The improvements enabled by this grant are part of larger renovations
occurring at City Hall, including replacements to the stained glass
windows, and adjustments to office space.


Posted on July 18, 2014 by