Green Dalton Committee
Established in 2013 by the Dalton Select Board, the Green Dalton Committee’s mission is to identify, investigate and recommend initiatives that protect the community’s natural resources and enhance environmental health and sustainability in Dalton. The Committee consists of up to seven community members appointed by the Select Board.
The Green Dalton Committee meeting times, agenda, and minutes are posted to mytowngovernment.org/01226.
There is currently one vacant position on the committee. Please use the committee’s contact email or phone to inquire about volunteering.
Current Projects & Planning
Green Dalton Committee (GDC) projects and priorities for 2024 include:
- Initiating Dalton’s Climate Action Plan (see Climate Action Roadmap)
- Community composting implementation
- Continued electric vehicle projects for the Town
- Ongoing municipal building projects
- Town green power generation
- Tree planting opportunities and resources
- Ongoing education and communication around targeted GDC projects
Additional detail for these objectives is available here: GDC vision for 2024
Past Events & Accomplishments
Climate Change Preparedness Forum, August 2023
MA Green Communities Program
Dalton is a Massachusetts designated Green Community.
As such, Dalton is eligible for state green grants intended to support projects that reduce energy use in municipal facilities. Since its inception in 2014, The committee has secured over $385K in grants to finance these municipal energy saving efforts. These include installation of LED lighting in Town Hall, Library, Senior Center, the conversion of over 700 town streetlights from HPS to LED bulbs, the acquisition of two electric vehicles, insulation of municipal buildings and conversion of heating units from gas or oil to electric heat pumps. These efforts have reduced town energy use by approximately 25% and utility expenses by $75K/year.
The committee continues to pursue annual grants of up to $200K to support efforts that promote community sustainability, including Massachusetts goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 85% by 2050 and achieve net-zero emissions.
Strategies & Incentives for Dalton Residents
You can make a difference. In addition to learning more about climate-friendly practices and technologies and using this worksheet to implement them in your home, there are currently many federal, state, and industry-sponsored incentives to assist Dalton residents in transitioning to many of those options. For example: