Town of Hollis receives Green Medal for energy efficiency

HOLLIS – The New Hampshire Climate Action Campaign awarded the town of Hollis and the Hollis Energy Committee a Green Medal in recognition of their leadership on energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, Aug. 8.

Roger Stephenson of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Rob Werner, state director of the League of Conservation Voters, represented the New Hampshire Climate Action Campaign.

The timing of the award coincides with the Olympic Games in Brazil, recognizing notable achievements in environmental leadership.

The mission of the Hollis Energy Committee is to "promote energy conservation and efficiency through sustainable energy practices." Projects have included energy audits on all town buildings, and converting the Town Hall and the police station from fossil to sustainable wood-based fuel sources.

The certificate of recognition presented to the town reads:

"2016 Green Medal for Local Energy Achievements.

"This certificate is awarded to the Town of Hollis, New Hampshire for their enduring commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable operations including

? "The mission of the town’s energy committee to promote energy conservation and efficiency through sustainable energy practices

? "Energy efficiency and conservation projects resulting in over $65,000 in annual taxpayer savings

? "Converting the town hall and police station heating from fossil to wood fuel resulting in an annual savings of over $15,000

? "Assisting the Hollis School Board on a renewable energy solution for heating of hot water for primary and upper elementary school buildings

? "Assisting the Hollis School Board with design and development of a ground based 100 KW solar system."

Submitted by League of Conservation Voters