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Mark Sylvia

Mark Sylvia

Commissioner, Department of Energy Resources (DOER)

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is continuing to have a positive impact for communities across the Commonwealth. Recently, I joined Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, Secretary Rick Sullivan and many others to celebrate the installation of new, stimulus-funded energy efficient ceilings that have been placed in five state-owned rinks. These new ceilings will cut energy costs by up to 40%, reduce the rink’s carbon footprint, improve ice conditions, and create a more enjoyable space for skaters to enjoy. Check out video from the event below.

 

This project was managed collaboratively by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, which is responsible for the rinks, and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER). DOER’s State Energy Program has managed hundreds of stimulus-funded clean energy projects. You can learn more about this program by visiting our Energy Recovery Dollars at Work web page. You can also see photos from the event and other clean energy projects on our Flickr page.

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