Marlborough receives sustainability grant for school

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Marlborough receives sustainability grant for school
Marlborough’s Early Childhood Center is located within the Freeman School off Bolton Street in Marlborough. (Photo by/Dakota Antelman)

MARLBOROUGH – Marlborough’s Early Childhood Center will be receiving energy management system upgrades thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. 

The City Council voted last week to accept a $118,940 Green Communities grant in connection with this project. Marlborough is one of 280 designated Green Communities in the state. 

This grant aims to improve upon energy efficiency measures in the Early Childhood Center, which is located at the Freeman School. It will further aim to reduce carbon emissions.

The city plans to install a new energy management system controller to coordinate heating, cooling, hot water and ventilation equipment. 

“This project will ensure a more efficiently run building, using less electricity and gas to heat/cool and run the building,” wrote city Conservation and Sustainability Officer Priscilla Ryder in a memo to Mayor Arthur Vigeant that was attached to the City Council’s Feb. 14 meeting agenda. 

The project is slated to cost $44,008 with an annual savings of approximately $4,502.80. 

A second project planned for the center involves the installation of a full direct digital controller over each of the building’s 18 ventilator units in classrooms. 

“Each classroom will have new equipment to allow remote control scheduling and alarming and will tie into the city-wide energy management network,” Ryder wrote. 

The projected cost of this project is $74,932 with an estimated annual savings of $13,951.40 per year. 

“We are excited to be able to make these improvements,” Ryder wrote. 

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