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Additional Green Communities To Be Designated In Massachusetts

Grants will be awarded to seven Massachusetts communities on Tuesday to fund municipal clean energy projects.

The Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs said 110 cities and towns have now qualified for the Green Communities Designation and Grant Program since it was created in 2008. The state’s energy secretary, Rick Sullivan said the various projects the program has paid for will help the state achieve ambitious goals.

Communities must meet five clean energy benchmarks to qualify for the grant program.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.