Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Framingham misses out of Green Community status

These are the requirements we couldn't get done.

To qualify for the designation, Massachusetts communities had to turn in their paperwork by May 14 and meet five criteria:

Adopt zoning that allows the construction of renewable energy projects in certain areas without special permission.

Establish an expedited permitting process for those projects.

Set a baseline for municipal energy and reduce use 20 percent within five years.

Only purchase fuel-efficient municipal cars and trucks when available and practical, with exemptions for public safety.

Change building codes to require a 20 percent increase in energy efficiency for new commercial construction and new homes larger than 3,000 square feet.

We will miss out on millions of dollars in grant money and more importantly we will not part of the solution. I hope those who have stood in the way of progress are happy now.

7 Comments:

At May 26, 2010 at 10:58 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is responsible for this? Shold the selectmen have been working on this or is it some other town department? We need to find out why this down is passing up so many opportunities for grant money.

 
At May 26, 2010 at 11:20 AM , Blogger Harry said...

I had to laugh when I read this. We as a town spend all kinds of money and time on branding the town, whatever that means, to get more businesses interested in coming here. But we don’t have the time to meet some very simple requirements in order to make the town elegible for some grant money, and get us labeled a green town. Being a green town is the type of “brand” we should be working hard to get. Just another f…..up on the part of this town and its governing bodies.

 
At May 26, 2010 at 1:17 PM , Blogger concerned voter said...

Who should have been the organizer to make Framingham eligible for this grant money?

 
At May 26, 2010 at 2:05 PM , Blogger fed up in framingham said...

Sounds like a Wicked Green show to my Pillsbury. Interview the people in town who got this Green Community status, and the people in Framingham who blew it.

 
At May 26, 2010 at 2:06 PM , Blogger fed up in framingham said...

Sorry, messed up what I typed. That should say

Sounds like a Wicked Green show to me Pillsbury. Interview the people in Natick who got this Green Community status, and the people in Framingham who blew it.

 
At May 26, 2010 at 3:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think doing on show on this is a great idea, right up your ally Pillsbury.

 
At May 26, 2010 at 3:59 PM , Blogger Friend said...

We can not even accomplish what smaller towns around us seem to do with no problem at all. Is it because we are too big, or because we are caught up in too much red tape? Whatever the answer is, we have got to fix this. We keep losing out on things that would financially help the town. This seems like a pretty simple criteria to meet. What is Framingham’s excuse for not meeting that criteria?

 

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