New Hampshire Energy Week began on March 12th and on the evening of the 15th the City of Claremont was recognized for all the innovative energy efficiency projects that it has undertaken in the past few years.
New Hampshire Energy Week is a series of events geared toward education and awareness of the economic benefits and impacts a clean energy future will continue to provide for the Granite State. The 2018 NH Energy Week is hosted by The Nature Conservancy, NH Clean Tech Council, NH CDFA, Businesses for Social Responsibility, Environmental Defense Fund, Ceres, CRES Forum, NH Brewers Association, and NH Municipal Association.
Former New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte presented three awards for Municipal, Business, and Legislative Energy Champions. The City of Claremont won the Municipal Energy Champion Award for such projects as, 2005 municipal light conversion, 2010 City energy audit and resulting upgrades in municipal buildings, 2013 City Center zoning changes allowing mixed use, 2017 LED conversions in garage and municipal lights, and the 2018 Solar project at water treatment plant.
Claremont City Planner Michael McCrory attended the event. “I had the pleasure of receiving the Municipal Energy Champion Award on behalf of the City of Claremont. Our fellow nominees had some great energy achievements,” McCrory said. “I announced, when receiving the award, that the award was being received in honor of Kurt Beek, someone who worked so hard on energy projects over the years and whom we lost unexpectedly late last year,” McCrory added.
The winners in the other categories were: Business: Worthen Industries and Legislative: Rep. Herb Richardson.
The trophy presented to the city was designed by artist Vivian Beer.