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Wrentham earns Green Community status, and $144,600 grant

Wrentham recently earned state recognition and funding for its commitment to following sustainable practices.

The state Department of Energy Resources designated the town a Green Community, a status municipalities can earn by taking certain steps to become more energy-efficient and to expand use of renewable energy in their public facilities.

To date, 290 of the state’s 351 cities and towns are Green Communities.

As a result of the designation, Wrentham was awarded an initial $144,600 grant to be put toward energy-saving projects, and is eligible to apply for future grants.

Through the process of seeking Green Community designation, the town identified more than 30 projects to reduce its energy use.

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“The town of Wrentham has been working hard to foster and cultivate a greener and cleaner community for our residents and businesses,” Town Administrator Kevin Sweet said, “and this designation is a direct testament to all of the work we’ve been able to accomplish thus far.”

John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.