More than $300K in Green Communities grants headed to Egremont, Lenox and Stockbridge for sustainability projects

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More than $300,000 in state grants are bound for Lenox, Stockbridge and Egremont to fund environmental projects in each town.

They are among 80 municipalities statewide to receive the annual round of Green Communities Competitive Grants from the state Department of Energy Resources, according to state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox. The awards were announced by Gov. Charlie Baker's office.

The projects include:

- $248,794 to Lenox for LED lighting and refrigeration improvements at Morris Elementary and Lenox Memorial Middle and High School, as well as LED upgrades to other town-owned buildings;

- $54,829 to Stockbridge for climate control and lighting improvements at the town's central fire station;

- $7,635 to Egremont for Town Hall and library heat and refrigeration replacements.

In a prepared statement, Pignatelli praised the communities in his district for "becoming increasingly aware and environmentally conscious. The Berkshires has always been a step ahead at preserving our natural resources and recognizing opportunities for enhanced energy efficiency.

"I'm proud of Lenox, Stockbridge and Egremont for their successful Green Communities Grant bids and grateful to Secretary Matt Beaton and the Baker-Polito Administration for everything they're doing at the Department of Energy Resources to encourage increased efficiency in our communities through this grant program," Pignatelli added.

This year's grants, the seventh Green Communities awards, total nearly $14.8 million, all aimed at supporting energy efficiency, renewable energy projects and designated clean energy goals. It was the second consecutive year that Lenox received money from the program.

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