The Green Communities Program, administered by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), started in 2010 with 35 communities. Now, it has expanded to over 286 municipalities across the Commonwealth, including 18 throughout the SRPEDD region. With the passage of the State Climate Act and release of the Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2025 and 2030, DOER seeks to offer additional opportunities and resources to communities who participate in the Green Communities Designation and Grant Program. The new program is tentatively called “Climate Leaders.” This voluntary program seeks to incentivize municipalities to implement clean energy and climate-friendly policies, community engagement, and sustainable transportation programs. DOER is interested in receiving feedback on the new program from municipalities and energy-related stakeholder groups with whom they collaborate, by August 5, 2022. Please visit their website: for more information.