WILLIAMSBURG — Western Mass native Rick Sullivan, chief of the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, will be back in local waters Tuesday for an Earth Day announcement in the Haydenville section of Williamsburg.
Sullivan, of Westfield, will be joined by Mark Sylvia, commissioner of the state Department of Energy Resources, to designate Williamsburg and Longmeadow as “green communities.” The designation comes with the possibility of grants to fund municipal clean-energy projects.
Today’s event in Haydenville begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Williamsburg Town Office Auditorium, 141 Main St.
In other Earth Day news, Sullivan will host the state agency’s first-ever Twitter Town Hall today at 2 p.m. Anyone interested in participating in the online discussion can go to @massEEA, using the hashtag #EarthDayMA to follow the Twitter chat.
Sullivan and other officials are expected to answer questions and provide an overview of various agency initiatives. Questions may be submitted via Twitter at @massEEA or left in the comment section of the Mass Great Outdoors Blog.
The Green Communities Division of Sullivan’s office aims to help all 351 Massachusetts municipalities find clean-energy solutions to reduce long-term energy costs and strengthen local economies. The division provides funding and technical assistance for initiatives designed to improve energy efficiency and to increase the use of renewable energy in public buildings, facilities and schools.
More information about the Green Communities Designation and Grant Program is available online at http://www.mass.gov/eea/energy-utilities-clean-tech/green-communities/gc-grant-program/.
Material from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs and the State House News Service was used in this report.