NEW BEDFORD - Two Southcoast communities have received state recognition for renewable energy initiatives.

New Bedford was one of 30 communities in Massachusetts named as a "Green Community" by Governor Charlie Baker Thursday.

New Bedford Energy Manager Scott Durkee tells WBSM News improvements in energy efficiency across the city have had multi-faceted benefits. "One of the mantras of energy is that when we create demand, we have the companies, if jobs are created, to source those through New Bedford first, whether it's jobs and/or material. And then finally you have the environmental benefits. It's a reduction in carbon which is a positive, as well," said Durkee.

Over the past few years, the City has added solar panels, smart technology, and electric vehicles to their environmentally friendly toolbox. Durkee says the City is looking to run their facilities at a 20% energy efficient rating by 2019.

New Bedford recieved a $603,305 grant for the recognition. Dartmouth also received $223,750 for being named a "Green Community."