Cape Cod Times October 20, 2010

By Heather Wysocki

MASHPEE — On the heels of being designated an official state “Green Community,” the town is receiving another pat on the back in the form of a state “Leading By Example” award.

The “Leading By Example” award, given during a ceremony at the Statehouse Tuesday, recognized state agencies and towns for their efforts to go green, according to a state press release.

Mashpee was lauded for its work with the Cape Light Compact in completing energy audits on town buildings, purchasing energy-efficient lighting and HVAC equipment, and installing solar panels on the new library.

The environmentally friendly moves have slashed the town’s energy use by half, the press release states.

Awards also went to the towns of Greenfield, Medford and Northhampton, plus two University of Massachusetts campuses and the state departments of transportation and fire services.

Last week, state Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles congratulated Mashpee for its work in becoming one of the state’s 35 certified Green Communities. Along with the “Green Community” designation, Mashpee will receive $170,124 in state money.

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