As part of the Department of Energy Resources’ Green Communities program, the state awarded Arlington a $98,052 grant aimed at implementing energy reduction initiatives in town.

This is the eighth grant Arlington has received from the Massachusetts Green Communities program since its inception in 2010. This new grant puts Arlington’s cumulative grant total at $1,673,983, the highest in the state. DOER’s Green Communities Competitive Grants are awarded to existing Green Communities that have successfully invested their initial designation grants and previous competitive grant awards.

“With this grant, Arlington’s steady progress in reducing energy use continues,” said Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine. “Our town benefits three times from Green Communities funding, we receive grant funding for municipal building projects that attract substantial matching funding from the utilities, and once completed the projects save energy annually.”

For this grant cycle, Arlington requested funding to replace inefficient lighting fixtures at Ottoson Middle School, Bishop Elementary School and the Jefferson Cutter House with high-efficiency LEDs. Specifically, the grant will go to the following projects:

• Ottoson Middle School will receive new LED lighting for the gyms and locker rooms totaling $43,422.

• Bishop Elementary School will receive new LED lighting for common areas including hallways, bathrooms, the library and main office totaling $52,616. After years of steady progress converting lighting at Bishop to high efficiency LEDs, this year’s project will finish the conversion.

• Jefferson Cutter House will receive new LED lighting for exterior flood lights totaling $2,014.

LED lighting is energy efficient, low maintenance and high quality. Most lighting in town buildings are fluorescent tubes and use 60, sometimes 90, watts per fixture. LED replacement fixtures use less than half that, just 25 watts per fixture. They also last more than twice as long: 100,000 hours of run time or about 20 years in service, which results in maintenance savings. Unlike fluorescent lights, LEDs contain no toxic mercury, making them easier to maintain and safely dispose of.

The Green Communities Division empowers the commonwealth’s cities and towns to reduce their energy use and their carbon footprint on the journey towards healthier communities and stronger economies.

To read more about Green Communities, visit http://bit.ly/2mQuwBv. For more information about Arlington’s Green Communities grants, contact Ken Pruitt, energy and project manager, at 781-316-3428 or kpruitt@town.arlington.ma.us.