Green Building Commission Accomplishments
Green Building Excellence Award – Created the Green Building Excellence Award to recognize projects that best demonstrate green building practice and to foster greater interest and adoption of green building practices community wide.
Lowell Sustainability Week – Held Lowell Sustainability Week in conjunction with the city’s sustainability planning process to celebrate Lowell’s accomplishments as a green community and help the city plan for a sustainable future. Over 200 community members attended a dozen activities and events, organized in partnership with 21 local organizations and institutions. Activities included green films, tours of the Concord River Greenway, and beekeeping workshops. The GBC took the lead on the organization of a film night at Shed Park and a family-friendly Bike Tour.
Green Guide Curriculum – Continued educational outreach programs to create awareness about climate change and compliment existing environmental science curriculum within the Lowell Public Schools. Outreach tools and activities included: ‘Meet the Greens’ coloring book, ‘Save the Trees’ paper recycling competition, carbon footprint workshop, and insulation and thermal properties workshop.
Outreach Programs – Developed programs and events to advance understanding of green building concepts throughout the community.
Energy Stretch Code – Assisted with and provided active support for the local adoption of Massachusetts building code, known as the ‘stretch energy code.’ This code was adopted by the Board of Building Regulations and Standards in May 2009, as an option for towns and cities interested in more energy efficient building standards than the state based energy code.
Electric Vehicle Charging Station – Supported the City of Lowell Department of Planning and Development and the United Teen Equality Center in applying for funding to install the first public electric vehicle charging station in Downtown.
Lights On, Crime Off Campaign –Helped coordinate the distribution of energy efficient light bulbs donated by Target and Next Step Living, to support this campaign launched by the Coalition for a Better Acre in coordination with seven neighborhood groups. The goal of this campaign is to brighten areas of town in an effort to make residents feel safer and to decrease crime.
Sustainability Planning –Participated in the public outreach and planning process for the city’s Comprehensive Master Plan, Sustainable Lowell 2025.
New England Climate Summer –Hosted a team of 5 university student cyclists participating in the Climate Summer program. Students spent June and July traveling across New England by bicycle and raising awareness about climate change. Lowell was their first stop, and their visit was coordinated with Lowell Sustainability week.
Lowell Folk Festival – Participated in the Lowell Folk Festival’s ‘Green Street’ with an informational Green Building Commission tent.
Support for Mass Save Program – Assisted Next Step Living in outreach efforts to area residents, encouraging them to have home energy audits performed.