AUBURN, Mass. – Auburn High School looks to benefit from the town’s 2012 Green Community designation after the school department recently learned that it will receive grant funding for two projects.
Over the summer, Gov. Deval Patrick designated Auburn as a Green Community, providing the town with $165,550 for renewable power and energy-efficiency projects that advance municipal and state clean energy goals. Now there are plans to use the grant funding for specific projects around town.
Superintendent of Schools Maryellen Brunelle said at the last school committee meeting that $78,969 will be used to retrofit the indoor lighting at Auburn High School. The anticipated annual savings of this project will be $7,122.
“Joseph Fahey [director of facilities and maintenance] was already planning on doing a lighting retrofit in all the schools to save money, so this will be a significant reduction in the amount that we need to pay for this,” Brunelle said. “We thank the town for their collaboration on this.
“We appreciate the positive and mutually respectful working relationship with the town’s administration and departments,” she added.
Brunelle also said that $6,200 will be used for freezer and cooler controls at the high school. The anticipated annual savings of this project will be $1,975.
The Green Community funding will also help the town with building envelope updates at the Merriam building, Auburn Town Hall, Auburn Public Library and Fire Headquarters.
In addition, the grant will help commission an Emergency Management System Upgrade at the Merriam building and Town Hall. There will also be an assessment of the police station.
To be designated as a Green Community, Auburn has committed to five clean-energy leadership criteria, including cutting energy use by 20 percent over five years and purchasing only fuel-efficient vehicles for municipal use, spelled out in the Green Communities Act, which was signed by Patrick in 2008.
In addition to the $165,550 check, Auburn received a plaque and five road signs to be placed throughout town that identify Auburn as a 2012 recipient of the Green Community designation.
Town Manager Julie Jacobson said the town is also looking to apply for additional discretionary grant funding in the spring.