Bedford’s new energy and sustainability manager is promoting a state pilot program whose purpose is “to provide pertinent information and extend support to businesses that are interested in reducing their carbon footprint.”
Andres Correa explained, “We want to invite businesses to join the sustainability dialogue in Bedford.”
The program was initiated by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. It works with owners of buildings at least 20,000 square feet in area or apartment buildings with a minimum of 15 units to gradually reduce the use of fossil fuels in a cost-effective way, he said.
“As part of the program, participants will engage in a comprehensive review with an assigned technical consultant,” Correa said. “This review will encompass potential financing options, as well as state and federal rebate programs and incentives that could offer some financial relief.”
Eligible commercial building types include retail, office, food service, health care, education, hospitality, laboratory, mixed-use retail, supermarket, and warehouse or distribution centers.
“This can be part of a big renovation or a separate project,” Correa said. “They’re also interested in commercial building owners who want to gradually reduce their building’s carbon emissions over time.”
“The experiences and lessons learned from helping these buildings will be used to create resources for reducing carbon emissions across the entire state,” Correa noted.