Pioneer Valley
Planning Commission

Eric Carle Museum, Amherst, MA
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Press Release

CONTACT: Catherine Miller, PVPC Principal Planner (413) 781-6045
July 20, 2009

PVPC Receives NADO Innovation Award

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission has received a 2009 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Pioneer Valley Clean Energy Plan.

The award program recognizes regional development organizations and partnering organizations for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities. PVPC is one of 45 organizations nationwide and the only one in New England to win this year’s Innovation Award.

The Pioneer Valley Clean Energy Plan aims to minimize our impact on the earth’s climate through efficient use and generation of safe, clean, ample energy that helps sustain our regional economy. The plan articulates four clear and measurable goals: reduce our region’s energy consumption, generate new clean energy capacity, reduce our region’s greenhouse gas emissions, and create local green jobs. The plan was produced in 2008 with support from the Franklin Regional Council of Governments in collaboration with the Pioneer Valley Clean Energy Collaborative. Grant funds were provided by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Renewable Energy Trust Fund.

NADO is a Washington, DC-based association that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies. For 20 years, NADO’s Innovation Award has been granted to regional development organizations throughout the country to showcase creative projects and to advance growth and sustainability in the nation’s regions.  

Award winners will be showcased during NADO’s 2009 Annual Training Conference August 29-September 1 in Chicago, Illinois.

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