BOSTON (WWLP) - Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard Sullivan says that western Massachusetts is at the forefront of implementing renewable energy.
At the annual Leading By Example Awards, state officials recognized schools and state agencies that have implemented policies that improve energy efficiency and the environment. Though western Massachusetts didn't snag any swards this year, Sullivan praised Westfield State University for installing solar panels, saving up to $20,000 annually in energy costs. He also said a higher percentage of western Massachusetts communities are recognized as " Green Communities " for reducing their energy use.
"When people look at who is the greenest community, many time they're turning around and looking at the communities in western Massachusetts, I think, because western Massachusetts appreciates the quality of life that good clean energy decisions make," Sullivan said.
Some of this year's winners at the award ceremony include the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Town of Sutton, located in central Massachusetts. Each was recognized for investing in renewable energy.