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January 17, 2013

Amesbury in line to achieve Green Community status

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As far as the five-year energy savings plan goes, Kezer said a big part of the plan would be figuring out when the five-year timeline would start. The idea would be to pick a time right before the city began a significant energy saving in the schools to maximize the impact and help the city get a head start toward the 20 percent target.

“The flexibility on that is picking the starting point for the five years,” Kezer said. “We’ve already implemented energy saving, a lot of it on the school side, so we’re trying to figure out what we can capture already that means we’re already down the path of meeting our five-year goals.”

Kezer said coming up with a policy of purchasing fuel-efficient vehicles would require a review of other communities’ policies and a full understanding of which vehicles are exempt from the state requirement.

Kezer said public safety vehicles and DPW trucks would be among those exempt because they are specialty vehicles. The trick then would be figuring out where the rest of the city’s vehicles fall.

“It’s having a policy in place so that those that do fall under the criteria that when we go to purchase new vehicles, they’ll meet whatever the requirements are,” he said.

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