Mayor Morse and the City of Holyoke Awarded Mayors’ Climate Protection Award Text Size

This past Friday, Mayor Alex B. Morse and the City of Holyoke were awarded one of the 2016 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards along with $5,000 towards local non-profit organizations. The award was presented during the Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards luncheon, held in conjunction with The United States Conference of Mayor’s 84th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN.

This initiative, sponsored by the USCM and Walmart, recognizes mayors for their energy and climate protection efforts. Awardees are selected by an independent panel of judges from a pool of mayoral applicants. This year was the mayors’ awards program’s 10th anniversary.

“Maximizing our generation of carbon-neutral electricity and minimizing municipal electrical consumption are clear examples of our commitment to taking a leadership role in addressing climate change,” said Mayor Alex B Morse. “Since 2010, the percentage of carbon-neutral power generation has increased to 84.77% of the City’s energy mix. Simultaneously, we’ve used strategic investments in lighting improvements to reduce municipal energy consumption by 21% since setting a five-year 20% reduction goal in 2010.”

“When we take action to address climate change, we are working to improve our quality of life in Holyoke.  That’s why I want us to lead by example.  We are a leader in renewable energy production, a leader in research to increase use of renewable energy and a leader in leveraging this work to increase economic activity for our residents. Through this work, we have demonstrated that bold actions to tackle climate change can produce tangible results for each of our residents.  Holyoke is honored to receive this recognition for our efforts.” said Mayor Morse.

Conservation Director for the Holyoke Conservation and Sustainability Commission Andrew Smith attended the event and accepted the award on behalf of Mayor Morse. “It was an honor to represent the City in front of some of the most dedicated public servants I have had the privilege of meeting.  The Mayor’s team, starting with Marcos Marrero and Jim Lavelle, have gotten our nation’s attention and it’s going to be exciting to see what else we can accomplish.”

Mr. Marrero is the Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Holyoke, and Mr. Lavelle is the Manager of Holyoke Gas & Electric. Both have made contributions to the City’s efforts to create a green, energy efficient city.

Descriptions of the winning programs can be found at:

For more information about USCM’s 84rd Annual Conference, please visit

Here is a link to the 2016 Mayors Climate Protection Awards Luncheon (at 15:10, Holyoke’s Conservation Director Andrew Smith accepts the award)

About The United States Conference of Mayors — The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1,400 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.

Photo: Andrew B. Smith, Conservation & Sustainability Director, receives 2016 Climate Protection Award on behalf of Mayor Alex B. Morse.

Posted on June 30, 2016 by