The Town of Amherst received a $140,438 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as part of the Volkswagen emissions settlement funds. The DEP awarded $7.5 million in this latest round, funding 98 projects around the state including replacement of a large truck for the Town of Amherst. The projects will all aim to help electrify transportation systems and/or reduce air pollution.
This grant will provide funds to replace a diesel tri-axle roll-off truck that is used regularly by the Public Works Department on daily runs from the transfer station to the waste handling facility. It is estimated that this new vehicle will reduce the amount of diesel gas used by 1,150 gallons per year. The Town’s Sustainability Coordinator, Stephanie Ciccarello, and Public Works Superintendent Guilford Mooring collaborated to secure the grant.
Superintendent Guilford Mooring stated that, “This new vehicle – which makes a daily run - will replace an aging, inefficient truck with a new, efficient truck and, as a result, will make a substantial reduction to our use of carbon fuels when compared with the current amounts from these same trips.”
Sustainability Coordinator Stephanie Ciccarello added, “The new vehicle will have a very large impact on the amount of carbon contributed to the environment. This fits in with the overall goals of reducing the Town’s carbon footprint that we have been working on for years. I look forward to exploring other options to utilize these funds for other departments in the future.”
The Town will contribute matching funds of approximately $37,000 for the purchase of the new truck. The matching funds will be sought from the Town’s Solid Waste Enterprise Fund. With roughly $50 million remaining in the settlement funds being overseen by the DEP, the Town intends to apply to the next round of these grants.
For Immediate Release: January 3, 2020 | Contact: Brianna Sunryd email@example.com