The City of Beverly has a long history of supporting and adopting green and sustainable initiatives. In 1981 Beverly High School was one of eight sites in the United States that then President Carter chose for a solar panel installation. Now called the Dr. John W. Coleman Greenergy Park the site is the only remaining one from that era and also includes a wind turbine.
The newly built high school (opened fall 2010) is designated as a “green school” and in September 2011 Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Director Andy Brydges said Beverly “set the standard” for other school districts. Combined with the panels on the hill, the 83-kilowatt rooftop array provides 15 percent of the building’s electrical demands. You can see how much power the High School solar array is generating here.
In 2011 Beverly sought and was designated a Green Community by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The City received a grant of $206,475 which was used to to install new energy management systems in the main library and North Beverly Elementary School and to upgrade the existing systems at Centerville and Ayers Ryal Side schools.
December 2013 brought the announcement that the city received a state grant of $45,000 that will go toward the cost of purchasing five new electric vehicles and a charging station. You can read more about it in this news article. Also in this city hosts the annual gambling tournament. Details on the Austrian site casino bonus.
Beverly has long had curbside recycling and in 2013 made it a weekly event that coincides with trash collection. A seasonal compost site is available for residents to dispose of yard waste and each year the city holds collections for electronic equipment and hazardous materials. Details about recycling can be found on the annual recycling calendar.
Be sure to check back to learn about new green initiatives undertaken by the city.