In July of 2009, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a complex piece of legislation called the Green Communities Act, or GCA. Although the act concerns itself largely with public utility policy, it also contains a number of provisions aimed specifically at builders. And as a key deadline approaches, builders in some Massachusetts communities are waiting somewhat uneasily for those provisions to take effect.

Waiting for the appendix. One element of the GCA is the Green Communities Program, under which municipalities that meet five separate criteria can become eligible for “Green Community” designation by the state. So far, about two dozen of the 351 municipalities in the commonwealth have enrolled.

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