Projects & Initiatives 2010 to Present

Medford’s commitment to green initiatives and clean energy goes back over a decade. The most visible representation of this commitment is evidenced by the wind turbine at the McGlynn & Andrews School complex. This turbine stands as a beacon for residents and visitors traveling in and out of Boston on a daily basis, reminding them of the importance and beauty of a commitment to renewable energy. This turbine is only one of many projects and policies that Medford has developed over recent years.

This page lists projects done between 2010 and now. For projects completed prior to 2010, see Projects & Initiatives 1999 to 2009

Ongoing Programs

  • Streetlight LED Upgrade: Streetlights throughout Medford will be upgraded to more energy-efficient LED bulbs, reducing Medford’s overall energy usage and greenhouse gas contribution.
  • Rain Barrel Program: Partnership with DPW, offer rain barrels to residents at a reduced price. Residents use rain barrels to collect and store rain water to be used for watering lawns and gardens.
  • Storm Water Awareness: Medford partnered with incoming Tufts students and Medford Boy Scouts to do a storm drain labeling project. Decals read “No Dumping, Drains to River” in an effort to raise awareness of the problems caused by littering and dumping into storm drains; almost 1000 storm drains have been labeled.
  • Wind Turbine: Oversee wind turbine; manage contracts, maintenance and outages.
  • Support of Community Programs and Projects: Helped with planning the 1st Annual Medford Environmental Art and Film Festival and the Malden River Festival, participated in Circle the Square’s Think Green event and UpCycle Recycle event, and supported GreenUp CleanUp program by Grace Church and other community park cleanups. Partner with Tree Warden and Harvard Kennedy School of Government to have incoming students remove brush and increase visibility along the Mystic River near South Street.
  • Medford High School Education: Participate on the Advisory Board for Medford Vocational School Environmental Sciences Program; Member of the Community Conservation Education Program to get MHS students out into the Fells.
  • Mystic River Protection and Improvement: Medford participates in and supports water chestnut harvesting by the Mystic River Watershed Association. Participates on EPA’s Mystic River Steering Committee and in stormwater outreach programs
  • Community Gardens: Working with Friends of Medford Community Gardens to launch the gardens at Winthrop Street and McNally Park. Medford will continue to support the Community Garden Commission.
  • Support of Alternate Transportation: Work with Walk Medford on pedestrian improvements and Medford Bicycle Commission to facilitate the development of a Bicycle Master Plan. Stay current on the Green Line Extension issues.
  • Climate Change Resiliency: Medford signed the Metro Mayors Resiliency Compact, works with area communities to understand and prepare for climate change vulnerabilities, and participates on the New England Municipal Sustainability Network.
  • Compact of Mayors: Signed the UN Compact of Mayors to commit to reporting and reducing greenhouse gases. Medford is preparing a vulnerability study and creating a resiliency plan over the next several years.
  • Energy Star Awards: Received for City Hall, Andrews School, McGlynn School, Columbus School, Roberts School and Brooks School for each year from 2011-2015.
  • Alternative Energy Park: Worked with Medford Energy Committee on the design on a Passive Learning Center in Riverbend Park. The project is still in progress.
  • Park Development: Medford supports community groups working on Medford Dog Park, a natural play space at Sleepy Hollow with new tables and benches at the Burying Ground. Dog park committee received grant for $250,000 for the project in 2016.
  • Green Communities Grant: Medford received a grant for $250,000 from the state to conduct various energy efficiency projects including upgrading hallway and stairwell lighting to LED in the McGlynn and Andrews schools, upgrading exterior lighting to LED in the Brooks and Roberts schools, and upgrading cafeteria lighting to LED in the Brooks, Roberts, and Columbus schools, and upgrading all building lighting to LED in the Curtis Tufts School and the Medford Public library.
  • 2016 US EPA Lifetime Achievement Award granted to Mayor McGlynn upon retirement.
  • Coastal Pollution Remediation grant: The City of Medford, partnered with the Mystic River Watershed Association, received a grant from the state for $42,510 to perform an assessment to prioritize sites and develop conceptual and final designs for natural stormwater treatment systems that would address roadway-related pollution to the Mystic River.
  • Metro Mayors Climate Mitigation Commitment: In November 2016 Medford became one of 14 members of the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition (MMC) working to develop regional solutions to climate change.
  • Upgraded City Hall Exterior Lights: Upgraded the lighting behind City Hall down to Clippership Drive Park to LED lighting.
  • Compost Bin Program: 1st Offered Earth Machine compost bins at a reduced price to residents through Medford City Hall.
  • Wind Turbine Wrap: Medford Energy Committee designed and implemented educational panels on the wind turbine.
  • Business Recycling: Extended the containerized recycling program into Medford Square as a pilot.
  • Metro Boston Climate Preparedness Commitment: In May 2015 Medford joined 16 other mayors in pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change.
  • Green Communities Grant: Medford received a grant for $143,000 from the state to do various energy efficiency projects including: installing an Energy Management System at the Senior Center, weatherizing windows and doors at City Hall, and upgrading exterior lighting to LED at Medford High School, Columbus School, LoConte Ice Rink, and Hormel Stadium.
  • Partner with MyRWA on US Urban Waters grant: The City is partnering with Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) who got a $60,000 grant to do storm-water outreach and education.
  • Resiliency Technical Assistance and Implementation grants: Received grants from the State, first in the form of technical assistance to help put together preliminary designs for a clean energy power storage system for critical infrastructure buildings, and then to implement the recommended plans. The implementation grant was for $833,366 to pay for the design and installation of a battery backup system at the Andrews School and DPW, to be connected to solar panels that will be installed separately.
  • Solar Owners Agent Grant: Received $12,500 to hire an Owners Agent to assist with the installation of install solar.
  • West Medford Parking Lot: Medford worked with Engineering Department, EPA and DEP on the cleanup and remediation of the brownfield.
  • City Hall Brownfield: Medford worked with LSP to develop a plan to close out the City Hall Brownfield, in the meantime, overseen bi-annually reporting.
  • Big Belly Solar compactors with Recycling Attachments: Used money from the Go Green program with National Grid to buy 6 Big Belly solar compactors with recycling attachments for Medford parks.
  • MSBA Grant for new Boilers at Medford High School: Medford worked with installation of new boilers at Medford High School.
  • Middlesex Fells Bog Bridge: Medford teamed up with Eagle Eye Institute and Medford High School students to build a bog bridge in the Middlesex Fells behind the High School. This bridge enables hikers to walk through the Fells without disturbing the wetlands.
  • Medford Mews: Medford worked with a developer to ensure that the Medford Mews proposal did not adversely impact the Malden River and will, in fact, improve the area along the river. This project also provides access to the river for boaters via a public launching area and pedestrians with an observation platform.
  • Oversaw Environmental Aspects of New Construction: Medford met with, issued permits and inspected location of Medford Mews, DPW Building, Boston Ave. oil spill, and many residential and smaller commercial projects.
  • Storm Water Awareness: Medford partnered with incoming Tufts FOCUS students to do a storm drain labeling project. Decals read “No Dumping, Drains to River” in an effort to raise awareness of the problems caused by littering and dumping into storm drains
  • Rain Barrel Program: Offered rain barrels to residents at a reduced price. Residents use rain barrels to collect and store rain water to be used for watering lawns and gardens. 
  • Partner with MyRWA on US Urban Waters grant: The City is partnering with the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA), who got a $60,000 grant to do storm-water outreach and education.
  • Solarize Medford: The Solarize Medford program was a cooperative effort between the State of Massachusetts, City of Medford, volunteers, residents and small business owners who came together to spread the word on the environmental and economic benefits of solar electricity. Through this program, Medford residents contracted 322.5 kW of solar power in household solar arrays. 
  • Go Green Residential: Medford partnered with National Grid to increase the number of city residents taking advantage of Home Energy Assessments and services offered through the MassSave Program. Through this partnership, the City received a grant of $40,000 from National Grid to further their energy and environmental efforts.
  • MMA Pickard Innovation Award: Awarded to Medford for its Go Green Medford initiative.
  • City Hall Lighting Upgrade: Upgraded lights to more energy efficient lights, including LEDs and occupancy sensors.
  • Brooks Estate LEDs: End of year grant from the state provided LED bulbs throughout the Brooks Estate.
  • Medford High Entry LED lights: End of year grant from the state provided LED bulbs for 1st and 2nd floor entry of Medford High.
  • MA DOER Owners Agent Technical Assistance Grant: The City received $12,500 to complete a study of the heating system at the high school, focusing specifically on converting distributed heat exchangers to high efficiency hot water heaters, as well as installing proper modern controls on all parts of the heating and ventilation system.
  • EPA Brownfields Grant: Medford received two grants to remediate the West Medford brownfield site, for a total of $400,000 from the US EPA.
  • First Annual Green AwardsMedford recognized local businesses and residents who were “Going Green” with awards for their efforts.
  • MAPC LEAP Grant: The city received a Local Energy Action Program grant from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council which will provide technical assistance for two years to the City of Medford to create and implement an Energy Action Plan.
  • Solar Thermal Pre-Design Study Grant: Received a $10,000 grant to assess the feasibility of using solar thermal to heat the Medford High School Pool or other water at MHS.
  • Decorative Street Light Conversion: 154 decorative streetlights in Medford Sq were upgraded to LED.
  • Energy Star Plaques: Received Energy Star Plaques for 5 schools: Brooks, Columbus, Roberts, McGlynn, and Andrews
  • Installation of Low-e ceiling at LoConte Rink: The City collaborated with Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) and National Grid to install an energy saving ceiling at the LoConte Ice Rink. National Grid contributed $40,000 and DCR contributed $20,000 to the project.
  • US Conference of Mayors City Livability Award: Medford received Honorable Mention for Go Green Medford Program
  • Medford High Energy Upgrades: National Grid contributed over $100,000 to steam trap repairs and windows & doors weatherization in all of Medford High as well as lighting upgrades in the C-building of Medford High. All lighting upgrades included occupancy sensors.
  • 2012-2013 Green Communities Grant for Chevalier Theater: Received $250,000 grant to do oil to gas conversion and associated heating system upgrades.
  • Energy Star Plaques: Received Energy Star Plaques for 5 schools: Brooks, Columbus, Roberts, McGlynn & Andrews.
  • Plug-in Prius: The City used and demonstrated a Plug-in Prius on loan from Toyota for 7 months. The departments who have used this car include energy and environment, health, building, police, and schools.
  • Negotiated New Municipal Electric and Gas Supply Contracts: New pricing will save the city $1.7 Million over three years ($750,000 in savings for gas and $950,000 in savings for electricity).
  • Municipal Lighting Retrofits: Medford worked with National Grid’s Small Business Program to retrofit lights in 7 Public Safety Buildings, 3 Schools, the Library, the Gene-Mac Gymnasium and the Senior Center for a total annual savings of 341,000 kWh and $40,000.
  • Initiated Kill-A-Watt Program in Medford Public Library: Medford Energy Committee worked with Friends of the Medford Public Library to make Kill-A-Watt meters available for loan to residents.
  • Energy Star Plaques: Received Energy Star Plaques for 5 schools: Brooks, Columbus, Roberts, McGlynn & Andrews and Medford City Hall.
  • Medford Energy Committee (MEC) formed: Medford formed a volunteer citizens committee to recommend policy and program direction and to assist the city with implementing additional energy programs and education. The MEC took over the tasks of the previous Medford Clean Energy Committee.
  • Single Stream Recycling: Medford worked with Waste Management to develop a program for residential single stream recycling to begin in November 2010. Energy Office worked with a committee of teachers to further integrate recycling into the Medford Schools.
  • First Annual Harvest Your Energy Festival: Medford organized a festival at the base of the wind turbine jointly with Mass DOER & Mass Energy Consumers Alliance to promote energy savings and the environment. Green Communities Grants were awarded to surrounding communities. Over 40 educational and vendor tables were represented.
  • Leading By Example Award: The City of Medford received the Leading By Example Award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in recognition of the energy and environmental initiatives the city has implemented.
  • Green Communities Energy Efficiency Grant: Medford received a grant of $270,000 to replace the hot water heaters in the Medford High School and to update its Climate Action Plan.
  • Green Communities Designation & Stretch Code: Medford passed the Building Stretch Code and received designation as a Massachusetts Green Community.
  • MA DOER Owner’s Agent Award for Solar PV: Medford received an award for technical assistance to help the city with its Solar PV project. The City is preparing to issue an RFP for a PPA for a 500kW-1000kW Solar PV rooftop installation.