By Mike Skurko
The EPA awarded nearly a half-million dollars to Springfield schools and municipal buildings to fight climate change. The funds will be used to develop energy-efficient projects and upgrades, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The Environmental Protection Agency awarded $491,067 to the city of Springfield for programs to save energy and fight climate change.
Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno, Congressman Richard Neal, and representatives from Springfield schools and the EPA gathered Monday morning at DeBarry Elementary School in Springfield for the announcement.
This "Climate Showcase Community" grant will implement energy-efficient projects for 52 Springfield schools, 38 municipal buildings, and 15 parks buildings. The EPA said these projects will save consumers money and reduce harmful emissions to the atmosphere
"These kinds of programs are the most immediate and direct way you can start to reduce are greenhouse gas emissions." said Curt Spalding, regional director of the EPA. "This is vital. These first steps are a lot less expensive than wind mills, solar panels, and all those other measures."
This project estimates a five to eight percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the next two years. This is equivalent to saving 19 boxcars full of coal from being burned. Springfield was one of only two cities across New England, and among 25 locations nationwide, to receive this grant.