Gloucester was one of the first communities in the state to achieve Green Communities Designation in 2010. The City adopted progressive guidelines and standards in order to become a Green Community, including a Energy Reduction Plan, Fuel Efficient Energy Policy, and Stretch Energy Code.
By becoming a Green Community, Gloucester has been awarded grants that help fund various energy conservation projects. To date, the City has been awarded nearly $900,000 in grants that help fund seven projects, including lighting upgrades at 17 municipal facilities, HVAC system upgrades, and an citywide LED streetlight retrofit.
The Green Communities Program is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. Additional information can be found on their website