About Us

The Melrose Energy Commission is a group of Melrose citizens who volunteer their time and expertise to help the city, its residents, businesses and non-profits save energy. By reducing energy consumption, the commission is contributing tangible and positive steps toward lessening the harmful effects of global warming and climate change.

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Keep informed of the latest meetings and green living and sustainability events.

The Melrose Energy Commission meets on the fourth Thursday of every month

other than November (3rd Thursday) and December and August (no meetings).

The public is invited and we welcome your involvement in our work. Learn More >

Climate Agreement

In 2015, 14 mayors in the greater Boston area – including Melrose’s Rob Dolan and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh – convened at the Metro Mayors Climate Preparedness Summit, committing to collaborate in mitigating the progress of climate change. This regional partnership continued to gain momentum at a subsequent meeting held in November 2016 when the Metro Boston Climate Preparedness Commitment was created and signed.

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By signing onto the agreement, member municipalities agree to:
  1. Sharing information, assessments, plans and identifying crucial gaps
  2. Integrating climate change in policies and programs
  3. Coordinating preparedness action
  4. Identifying regional priorities
  5. Identifying opportunities for coordination and collaboration and acting on those opportunities

 Read the Climate Commitment

 Read the Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Solar
 SOLAR

To help promote solar within the community, contact the Solar Subcommittee.

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Net Zero
Net Zero Buildings

Help promote building design, renovation and construction choices that help us meet our net zero goals by joining the Green Building Subcommittee.

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Energy Efficiency

To help us promote energy efficiency to residents, businesses and non-profits, contact the Melrose Energy Challenge team.

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Transportation

To help promote electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles as well as the benefits of walking, biking, and carpooling, contact the Transportation Subcommittee.

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Green Communities Grant

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In May 2010, Melrose was among the first 35 Massachusetts communities designated as a Green Community by the Department of Energy Resources.

Melrose met five program criteria in order to become a Green Community:

  1. Provided as-of-right siting in designated locations for renewable energy research and development on Washington Street
  2. Adopted expedited application and permitting for renewable energy facilities
  3. Established benchmark energy use and plan to reduce the baseline by 20% within five years
  4. Adopted fuel-efficient vehicle purchase and replacement policy
  5. Adopted the new Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) Stretch Code that went into effect in January 2011

Since 2010 Melrose has been awarded $1,086,233 in Green Communities grants for the following projects:

  • White roof and added roof insulation at Melrose High School
  • Conversion of Main Street Victorian lights to LED
  • Upgraded interior lighting at the Melrose Public Library and the Police Station; lighting controls at the West Knoll Soccer Fields
  • HVAC upgrade at Melrose High School
  • City-wide LED streetlight conversion
  • HVAC and building controls upgrades at Lincoln Elementary School, Milano Center, and Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School
  • A third Ford Focus electric vehicle for the municipal fleet

Learn More

Read the latest Green Community Progress Report.

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MEC Members

Tyler Ballew

Energy Attorney at Rubin and Rudman LLP.  Tyler first got involved with clean energy as a teenager, helping to build his family's off-grid home in rural Montana, and now counsels renewable energy companies on all facets of financing and development of renewable projects.

Susan Gitelle Baron,
Secretary

Susan is a support analyst in the healthcare industry. She participated in placing a non-binding carbon reduction resolution on the November 2008 Melrose ballot.

Dave Bliss

As an architect and LEED AP at Simpson Gumpertz and Heger, David specializes in sustainability, preservation, and design of new and existing building enclosures. He is active in volunteer activities at Melrose UU Church and serves on the Advocacy Committee of the USGBC-MA.

June Cuttino

June is a retired hospital dietitian.  She is the past president of the League of Women Voters of Melrose, the chair of League of Women Voters Transportation Study (Arlington County, VA.), a Church Moderator, and the chair of her Church Trustee Board.

Beth Delahaij

Beth currently works as an evaluator of the Mass Save energy efficiency and demand response programs. She has 10 years of experience with energy efficiency planning, policy, and regulatory issues in Massachusetts and New York.

Doug Dick

A LEED-accredited architect and partner in the Cambridge firm, LDA Architecture and Interiors, specializes in sustainable design and construction for new and renovated homes, affordable housing and adaptive re-use projects throughout New England.

Jeff Doody

 Jeff is a mechanical engineer currently working in energy research at MIT.  He previously worked in graduate school on developing methods for solar cell manufacturing.

David Fink

David and his wife Barbara recently renovated their 70-year-old Melrose home, making it into the first net-zero electric home in Melrose.

Barbara Simko

Barbara and her husband David recently renovated her 70-year-old Melrose home, making it into the first net-zero electric home in Melrose.

Doug Harriott

Doug has a background of over 20 years in Mechanical Engineering, distributed between the medical, energy, semiconductor and lighting industries. He is especially interested in sustainable energy and transportation initiatives.

Ellen Katz

As Fiscal Director for the Cambridge Dept. of Public Works, Ellen has been actively involved with energy-efficiency projects for the City of Cambridge. She has more than 20 years of experience in environmental programs and policies.

Howie Newman,
Communications Coordinator

Howie worked for the Consortium for Energy Efficiency for nine years and has more than 30 years of experience in journalism and public relations.

Andrew Schuyler

As a renewable energy consultant, Andrew has developed fuel diversification strategies for the advanced biofuel sector. A former Chief of Staff in the state Senate, he serves on the boards of the Mass. League of Environmental Voters and the Institute for Massachusetts Biofuels Research at UMass-Amherst.

Lori Timmermann

As a sustainability and marketing consultant, Lori has developed and implemented programs driving solar PV adoption and energy efficiency improvements. She also is a Solar Coach and has helped many in our community capture their own little piece of the sun.

Kristi Heiman

Kristi became involved in environmental issues while taking classes in International Relations at the Harvard Extension School. She has pursued her interests in sustainability and policy interning at small non-profit organizations in the Greater Boston Area.

Martha Grover,

Melrose Energy Efficiency Manager

Peter Makrauer
Lisa Montouri Trimble
Susan Murphy
Devin Romanul
Gary Lamothe

Great Organizations MEC Supports

Sustainable Melrose

Melrose organizations working together to raise awareness and support for our shared community responsibilities in environmental stewardship, social wellbeing, and economic prosperity over the long term. www.sustainablemelrose.org

Mass Energy Consumers Alliance

An easy way to green your energy with local renewable resources. www.massenergy.org

Melrose Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee

The Melrose Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, re-established by the City of Melrose in 2012, works to improve conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists in the City and promote walking and bicycling as means of transportation. www.melrosepedbike.org

Melrose Recycling Committee

The Melrose Recycling Committee is group of resident volunteers whose goals are to reduce waste, increase recycling, and educate the public. www.melrecyclingcommittee.wordpress.com

Melrose Farmers’ Market

The mission of the Melrose Farmers’ Market, a non-profit organization, is to provide all Melrose-area residents with the opportunity to buy and learn about nutritious, locally grown and produced foods. www.melrosefarmersmarket.org

Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN)

MCAN empowers communities by enhancing communication, promoting town-level projects that improve communities, decreasing climate change-causing pollution, and reducing development time for those projects. The Melrose Energy Commission is a participating member of MCAN. http://www.massclimateaction.org/

350.org

350 uses online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions to oppose new coal, oil and gas projects, take money out of the companies that are heating up the planet, and build 100% clean energy solutions that work for all. Melrose is part of the Mystic Valley Node. www.350.org