Pioneer Valley continues efforts for a greener future, making the region a better place to live Reply

The Pioneer Valley continues its pursuit of clean energy and energy efficiency by participating in a $500,000 pilot program through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources that will help participating communities identify strategies for implementing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean energy that meet the specific needs of several communities in the region.  The continued effort affirms the fact the Pioneer Valley is a great place for the environmentally conscious home buyer to live.

The Pioneer Valley is a national leader in regional environmental initiatives.  The Pioneer Valley Clean Energy Plan, for example, led to accolades from the National Association of Development Organizations, bestowing their 2009 Innovation Award to the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, the author of the plan.  What’s more, most cities and towns have signed on to the Pioneer Valley Clean Energy Plan.  The Pioneer Valley commitment to the environment  is demonstrated by the fact that most cities and towns in the valley have been designated  Green Communities under the Green Communities Act.  Numerous cities and towns are also participating in a regional energy services contract (ESCO) with Siemens, a global engineering company,  to reduce municipal energy.  The region is also a participant of the New England Sustainable Knowledge Corridor.

Ten of the sixteen cities and towns that will be participating in this new pilot program are in the Pioneer valley: Amherst, Buckland, Easthampton, East Longmeadow, Greenfield, Hadley, Holyoke, Montague, Northampton, and Shelburne.

“The Communities Energy Strategies Pilot Program…will provide technical and financial assistance to these municipalities and regional planning authorities to help identify, prioritize, and enable a mix of green energy strategies and incentives best suited to address local interests, needs, resources and opportunities for clean energy development,” stated an MassCEC and DOER press release.

If you are an energy conscious Pioneer Valley home shopper or are planning on selling your energy efficient home, make your first call to Michael Seward at 413-531-7129 or email michael.seward@comcast.net.  Michael Seward has earned the National Association of REALTORS® Green designation and has the knowledge to help you achieve your goals.  Representing home buyers and home sellers in the Pioneer Valley for 10 years, Michael Seward has sold homes from the Vermont border to the Connecticut border.

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