BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Energy Committee recently received an award for its successful efforts to advance and implement clean energy measures around town. The committee received the award from the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network.

Specifically, the Brattleboro Energy Committee was recognized for helping to advance energy efficiency goals by helping the town convert streetlights to LED fixtures, working to establish a PACE district for residential energy financing, promoting weatherization of town buildings and participating in the Vermont Home Energy Challenge.

Members of the committee have also helped bring new, local renewable power online by advising the town in purchasing renewable electricity through a solar net-metered project and organizing public workshops on renewable energy for homeowners, businesses and landlords. The committee has also been active in tackling transportation energy, initiating a Business Transportation Roundtable, Way to Go Challenge, a Smart Commute project with strategic community partners and initiating a project converting a former rail corridor into a multi-use community trail.

"I am so proud of the work of this committee," said Rep. Mollie Burke, D-Brattleboro. "I am also aware of how important local initiatives are in moving legislation forward at the state level. The VECAN award acknowledges the vision and hard work of committee members, and will serve to inspire future accomplishments."

VECAN is a network of more than 100 town energy committees and supporting organizations across Vermont working on helping towns and community members lower their energy bills and reduce their contribution to climate change. The Community Energy Awards will be formally presented at the Dec. 7 Vermont Energy and Climate Action Conference at the Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee. The conference is open to the public. For more information, visit vecan.net. For more information on the Brattleboro Energy Committee, contact Paul Cameron at 802-251-8135.