Melrose Energy Efficiency Manager Martha Grover received a prestigious Leading By Example Award from Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito in a ceremony yesterday honoring state and municipal entities that showed significant and innovative leadership in reducing energy and emissions, increasing deployment of renewable energy and alternative transportation opportunities, and implementing a host of other sustainable measures at their facilities.
“The Massachusetts municipalities and state agencies recognized today are energy and sustainability leaders,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These organizations are taking their energy needs into their own hands and are reducing emissions, supporting the economy and setting examples for others to follow.”
The individual Leading By Example awards go to those that have shown true leadership and innovation in implementing successful programs and who have truly gone above and beyond their job description. Martha Grover, Melrose Energy Efficiency Manager, was recognized for leading and supporting clean energy and energy efficiency projects in our community. Since she became the City’s Energy Efficiency Manager in 2011, Martha has worked tirelessly to implement an all-of-the-above strategy to achieve GHG emissions reduction and reduce costs.
Her contributions include:
- A comprehensive energy savings performance project in 20 municipal and school buildings
- LED streetlight conversion in Melrose’s decorative streetlights and a proposed LED upgrade of all 3,000 roadway streetlights
- 351 kW solar PV project on the high school and middle school building complex
- Installation of an electric vehicle charging station in the City Hall parking lot, along with the addition of two battery-electric vehicles to the City fleet
- Ongoing community outreach and education efforts directed at homeowners and businesses on energy efficiency and solar adoption
- Martha’s dedication to reducing GHG emissions was never clearer than when Melrose became the first Massachusetts city to implement a groundbreaking green municipal aggregation program. Unlike most other aggregations, this program incorporates an additionality component, meaning that the City’s extra purchases of renewable energy credits will support additional renewable energy generation.
- Following Martha’s lead and working through the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, 16 other towns now are notified when peak electricity charges are expected to be high, allowing them to shed load and create significant savings.
With all of these accomplishments and a long line of efforts under way, it is hard to believe that Martha is only a part-time employee.
“Public agencies, cities, and towns are providing the leadership and delivering the results the Commonwealth needs to meet our energy, environmental and economic goals,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The winners of the Leading by Example awards have made tremendous progress towards reducing energy use, increasing renewable energy generation and saving money for the residents of Massachusetts.”
“Each of today’s awardees has shown commitment, applied innovation, and delivered results to help meet the Commonwealth’s energy and climate goals,” said Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Judith Judson. “We applaud the award winners’ leadership in keeping Massachusetts on the road to a clean affordable and resilient energy future.”
Martha is a true asset to the City of Melrose and we are proud to have her as part of our team.