Westborough receives grant for LED lights at Mill Pond School


Westborough receives grant for LED lights at Mill Pond School
Mill Pond Elementary School will soon be getting new LED lights thanks to a state grant. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

WESTBOROUGH – The Department of Energy Resources Green Communities Division has awarded Westborough a $200,000 grant for an LED lighting program at Mill Pond Elementary School. 

Westborough Superintendent Amber Bock announced the award during a Feb. 16 School Committee meeting. 

“I’m very excited…” Bock said. “I think it’s the start of a really strong collaboration with the town on getting these initiatives in place.” 

The Green Communities Division provides support, including through grants, to help municipalities reduce their energy use and costs through clean energy projects like this Mill Pond project, according to its website

Westborough is one of the communities in the state that has been designated as a green community. 

According to Green Community Division’s website, the project will fund energy conservation measures such as LED lighting. 

Westborough has received other grants in the past, most recently getting $146,514 in 2020 for LED lighting and the purchase of a hybrid vehicle.

Bock said that the group Sustainable Westborough helped begin the grant process and handed off this latest application to the district.

“This is a very vibrant town,” Bock said. “This is a town where we’re ahead of the curves on a lot of this and we’re in the fold with some very high-performing communities to be caring about the environment, the world, the direction of our work and being willing to do the big planning that it takes to make some of these changes.” 

Bock said the project is moving forward to go out to bid.


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