New Director of Energy & EnvironmentYou may know that Medford’s Director of Energy and Environment for the past several years, Carey Duques, recently resigned to move to Connecticut and be closer to family.  Although we will all miss Carey, we are delighted that her colleague, Alicia Hunt, has been promoted to fill this position. Alicia has been the staff liaison for the Medford Energy Committee since she began working for the E&E Department in 2010, and we all look forward to continuing to work with her as she takes on this new and expanded role.  Congratulations, Alicia, we know you’ll do a great job! And Carey, best of luck in your new endeavors.

Here is the  official press release by the Mayor’s Office announcing Alicia’s new role.

The city of Medford is pleased to announce the appointment of Alicia Hunt as its new director of the Office of Energy & Environment.

Hunt has served in the office for three years and in that time has helped to bring in and administer more than $1 million in grant money and more than $600,000 in utility incentives from National Grid.

Hunt has bachelors and masters degrees from MIT in city planning. Prior to working for Medford, she worked at MIT for 13 years in a variety of leadership roles.

Hunt has worked effectively with staff throughout the city to create more efficient and better functioning buildings. She has also performed outreach with a number of civic groups in Medford to help educate residents about energy efficiency and opportunities to reduce energy usage in their homes.

“She was the natural choice to replace Carey Duques, who also did a great job!” said Mayor Michael J. McGlynn. “I have every confidence in Alicia’s ability and her passion for both the city of Medford and the environment.

“Her first milestone in the city of Medford was to get the city designated one of the first Green Communities in Massachusetts,” McGlynn continued.

Hunt’s work with the Green Communities Program and overseeing the city’s Federal ARRA grant was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy when they asked Medford to be the first municipality in Massachusetts to join the U.S. Better Buildings Challenge.

The Department of Energy subsequently asked Hunt to speak at its first Better Buildings Challenge Conference in Denver on Medford’s participation in the Green Communities Program.

In recent years, Medford has received a number of awards for its ongoing green initiatives: Five of the city’s schools have earned Energy Star Plaques for the past three years, Medford received a Leading by Example Award from the commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Pickard Innovation Award from the Massachusetts Municipal Association and an award from the National Conference of Mayors for our Go Green Medford work.

Hunt helped Medford negotiate a new municipal electric and gas supply contract that will save the city $1.7 million dollars over three years.

“I am looking forward to enhancing our programs that help the residents and businesses of Medford reduce their energy usage, save money and reduce their environmental impact,” said Hunt.

Hunt resides in Medford with her husband Jonathan, and three children. Her two older children attend Medford Public Schools. S

Hunt is active with the Medford Family Network, Cub Scout Pack #416, Red Cross Disaster Services and co-chairs the Greening Grace Committee at Grace Episcopal Church in Medford.


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