Projects/Green Community/Municipal

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This is a working area for the required Municipal Commitments to become a Green Community:

  • Municipal leadership (Selectmen, Town Manager) must decide and commit to Needham becoming a Green Community
  • Commit to reducing Municipal energy usage by 20% over baseline
  • Commit to purchasing only fuel-efficient vehicles (where available).



Energy Reduction - DoER Guidance

This file from the DoER provides guidance on the Green Communities requirement to reduce municipal energy use by 20%



Purchasing Fuel Efficient Vehicles - DoER Guidance

This file from the DoER provides guidance on the Green Communities requirement to purchase fuel-efficient vehicles, where available, for municipal use.

  • All traditional school buses are over 10,000 pounds GVWR
  • Check on weight of van-type buses


  • Designed so that there are at least five commercially available vehicles in each defined and covered class
  • Uses EPA's combined city & highway MPG
  • Vehicles over 8,500 pounds GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) are exempt
  • Police cruisers are exempt until models are commercially available
  • Communities are encouraged to adopt and enforce anti-idling provisions for their fleet
  • Develop an inventory of vehicles and a replacement policy


  • Combined MPG requirements by class of vehicle:
  • 2 wheel drive car - 29 MPG
  • 4 wheel drive car - 24 MPG
  • 2 wheel drive small pickup - 20 MPG
  • 4 wheel drive small pickup - 18 MPG
  • 2 wheel drive large pickup - 17 MPG
  • 4 wheel drive large pickup - 16 MPG