Projects & Initiatives 1999 to 2009

This page lists projects done and awards won in the year 2009 or before. Ongoing projects can be found at our homepage. For highlights from 2010 and on, visit Projects & Initiatives 2010 to Present. 

  • Municipal Energy Audits: Medford initiated the process through MA DOER to conduct energy audits of all municipal buildings.
  • EECBG Grant: We obtained an Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) from the Federal Government for $504,000 to implement energy efficiency measures in the five middle and elementary schools as well as to hire an Energy Efficiency Coordinator to pursue additional energy efficiency and renewable energy funding, education and outreach.
  • School Energy Audits: Medford initiated energy audits of all the schools in our system through the National Grid Whole Building Assessment Program.
  • Wind Turbine (2007-2009): Medford built and commissioned a 100 kilowatt wind turbine at the Andrews and McGlynn School Complex. More information can be found on the Medford Wind Turbine page.
  • Solar Lighting: Medford was selected to participate in the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s solar-powered lighting system program. A solar lighting system was installed for the Playstead Cemetery Monument.
  • Energy Smackdown Competition: A team of Medford households competed against teams from Arlington and Cambridge in a year-long carbon reduction campaign. A Medford household came in first in the individual household category.
  • Energy Smackdown Pilot: Medford hosted the first iteration of the Energy Smackdown household energy reduction contest.
  • Joined EPA New England Community Energy Challenge
  • Altwheels Transportation Festival Award: Awarded to Medford as the city with the Greatest Commitment to Alternative Transportation.
  • Municipal Environmental Purchasing and Sustainability Award: Received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for outstanding performance in the areas of recycling and sustainable practices.
  • Municipal Energy Efficiency Policy: Medford issued an Energy & Resource Efficiency Policy that covers all aspects of energy use by City employees including lighting, office equipment purchasing and use, building heating and cooling, water usage, the motor vehicle fleet and commuting options and alternatives.
  • US EPA Clean School Bus Project: Medford became the 1st US EPA Clean School Bus Project recipient in the country to not only manage this Program for our City but for the other 12 Metro Boston communities served by our school bus contractor.
  • School Bus No-Idling Policy: Medford developed a comprehensive program to reduce school bus idling.
  • US EPA Clean Air Excellence Award: received for regulatory/policy innovations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • US EPA Energy Star Plaque: Medford City Hall was the first Massachusetts City Hall to receive the EPA Energy Star Plaque.
  • Created Medford Clean Energy Committee
  • Benchmarked Municipal Energy Use: Medford bench-marked its municipal energy usage with the US EPA, resulting in an Energy Star Plaque for the City Hall.
  • Creation of the Office of Energy & Environment
  • LED Traffic Lights: Medford converted all of the traffic lights in the city to LEDs to reduce energy use.
  • 1st Energy Efficiency Fair: Medford hosted its first Energy Efficiency Fair
  • Climate Action Plan: Medford created the first Municipal Climate Action Plan in the Commonwealth.
  • Biodiesel & Electric Cars: Medford replaced the diesel fuel used at the Medford Cemetery with biodiesel and received electric cars for city use.
  • Municipal Lighting Retrofits: Medford performed lighting retrofits at City Hall, the Public Safety Building and the Medford Public Library
  • Solar Panels: Medford installed solar panels on the roof of City Hall and at the Medford High School (panels were later moved to Hormel Stadium).
  • Created Medford Energy Task Force
  • Tree City USA Designation: Medford maintains this designation by maintaining a forestry program, having a Tree Warden, and observing Arbor Day each year.
  • 1st Green House Gas Inventory: Medford performed its first green house gas inventory in conjunction with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI).