City Council President Bill Dwight, University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor Bill Diamond, and Northampton High School student Mali Hornby-Finch have championed Northampton becoming a blue community.
Northampton is poised to become the first blue community in the United States. The city of just over 28,000 people is situated 170 kilometres west of Boston.
NBC-affiliate WWLP News reports, "City councilors approved the first step [on May 18] in a resolution for Northampton becoming the first 'blue community' in America. Blue communities promise to protect water as a public resource and minimize the number of bottled waters consumed in the city. 'The idea is to change the consciousness of the community', says Northampton city council president Bill Dwight."