In 2010, the Town of Natick was designated by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) as a founding member of the Massachusetts Green Communities Program. This designation recognizes Natick's commitment to becoming more sustainable and its fulfillment of the program's five criteria:
Adopt As-of-right Siting for Renewable Energy
Implement Expedited Permitting of Renewable Energy Generating Facilities
Create an Energy Reduction Plan to Reduce Municipal Energy Consumption
Purchase Only Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
Adopt the Stretch Energy Code
Since joining the Green Communities program, Natick has reduced its energy usage by more than 25% and has been awarded more than $2 million in Green Communities grants. Natick has used these funds to complete a variety of energy improvement projects across school and municipal facilities, such as LED lighting upgrades, variable frequency drives, building energy controls updates, heat pump installations and more.
Project Spotlight: Energy Improvements at the Morse Institute Library
Over the years, the Town of Natick has leveraged Green Communities funding to improve energy efficiency at the Morse Institute Library. Projects have included LED retrofits, the installation of variable frequency drives, right-sizing of temperature and humidity equipment in the library's archive room, replacement of new building energy controls and the installation of a large commercial heat pump.
Collectively, these efforts have decreased the Morse Institute Library's greenhouse gas emissions by 39% from 2011 to 2023, and provide annual savings in electricity and heating costs.