Municipal Energy Savings
The City of Worcester is committed to battling climate change locally and invests in green technology to maintain Worcester's place as a leader in clean energy.
The beauty of green energy initiatives is they help protect the environment, save money, AND improve the City's performance for our residents.
A few of Worcester's green energy initiatives include:
- Making critical investments in and improvements to the City's aging buildings, including upgrades to heating and cooling systems, insulation, air-sealing, lighting fixtures, water conservation equipment, installation of sophisticated energy management control systems, and more.
- Solar panels on roofs and parking lots at a number of Worcester Public Schools, including Worcester Technical High School, Burncoat High School and Sullivan Middle School.
- Replacing every light bulb in the DCU Center with LEDs. That’s a total of more than 3,500 new LED lights across the complex. This results in a 42 percent reduction in facility kilowatt usage which is equal to annual CO2 emissions for nearly 200 homes; a carbon reduction equal to 12 hundred acres of US forests; and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions equal to 277 cars being driven for a year.
- Replacing all of the City's 14,000 street lights with LEDs. This project will save taxpayers close to $1 million every year, and cut our streetlight energy usage nearly in half, saving 3 million kilowatt hours every year.
- Installing LED bulbs at all 97 municipally-owned buildings in the City, including every single Worcester Public School. This multi-year project replaces thousands and thousands of bulbs, saving millions, and cutting our energy usage by more than 6 million kilowatt hours per year. It will also improve lighting in our classrooms, which studies show improves student performance.
- Worcester is home to the largest municipal solar farm in New England, off Route 146 on the site of the former Greenwood Street landfill. Thousands of solar arrays -- equivalent to 19 football fields -- stretch out as far as the eye can see, capturing the sun's energy and turning it into savings for our residents.
Green & Healthy Building Partnership Certification
Worcester City Hall has met the extensive qualifications to earn the GCI Gold Certification as a Green and Healthy Building. In that this building has followed established Green cleaning standards that will be annually reviewed, the Green Clean Institute recognizes the ongoing efforts to provide a Green workplace to the benefit of workers, staff and the public.
City Hall has been awarded the Green and Healthy Building Partnership award based on 525 points earned in accordance of the Green Clean Institute standards for Green cleaning.
Visit the Worcester Energy website to learn more about energy saving initiatives in the City of Worcester.
Worcester Energy Website