The town of New Milford is about to start getting credit for being "green."

Mayor Pat Murphy has been authorized by the Town Council to enter into the Clean Energy Communities Municipal Pledge administered by Connecticut Light & Power.

By entering, the town pledges to reduce its municipal building energy consumption by 20 percent by 2018.

Beginning July 1, 2015, the town will begin providing documentation to prove it is on target to reach the 2018 goal.

A municipal action plan will be created and pre-existing energy and sustainability plans may be included toward the goal. A Clean Energy Task Force will also be formed to educate the public on paths to energy efficiency.

The town also pledges to purchase 20 percent of its municipal building electricity from clean, renewable energy sources by 2018.

Renewable Energy Points are earned by the town and can also be earned through residential and business installation of renewable energy systems.

Those points can be redeemed by the town for clean energy systems like solar panels and for energy-saving projects.

Susan Tuz