At least 3 percent of the community—wide electricity used must be considered “green power.”
Wellesley is the first community in Massachusetts to be considered a Green Powered Community by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Massachusetts State Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Richard Sullivan Jr. announced the honor at a meeting last week. In Wellesley, 4.12 percent of community-wide electricity is considered “green power.” For a town to earn the designation, at least 3 percent of electricity used community-wide must be considered “green power,” according to a statement on the town website, which is electricity generated from renewable resources such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas and low-impact hydropower. Wellesley is the second community to earn the designation in New England.
The distinction makes Wellesley one of the few communities in the U.S. with all of its institutions of higher education as green powered.
Wellesley, Babson and MassBay Community College have all been designated Green Power Partners. Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency made the designation after each college declared it would take part in the town’s Power to Choose renewable energy program, according to a town announcement. “These colleges are committed to sustainability and are implementing a wide range of environmental initiatives including water conservation and waste reduction, as well as increasing energy efficiency while using renewable energy -- making Wellesley one of the greenest college towns in America,” said a joint statement signed by spokespeople from each institution. Wellesley Board of Selectmen chair Barbara Searle said May 21 many Wellesley …