Green Communities

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources designated Wellesley a Green Community in December 2017.  To qualify as a Green Community, Wellesley developed a five-year Energy Reduction Plan and a Fuel Efficient Vehicle Policy, and amended the zoning bylaws to include a solar overlay district.  In 2011, Wellesley adopted the Stretch Energy Code.    

Energy Reduction Plan - outlines a plan to reduce municipal energy use 20% below 2015 levels by the year 2020. 

Fuel Efficient Vehicle Policy - requires that the municipality replace non-exempt vehicles with energy efficient models where such models are available and practicable.

Solar Bylaw - Annual Town Meeting amended the zoning bylaws to include a solar overlay district at the cloverleaf intersection of Routes 9 and 128. 

Stretch Energy Code - Annual Town Meeting adopted the MA Stretch Energy Code in 2011

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/building-energy-codes