Chilmark will take steps apply to become a green community under the Massachusetts Green Communities Act, which allows towns to apply for state grants for energy projects.

West Tisbury and Tisbury are already green communities. In 2012, Tisbury received a state energy efficiency grant of over $140,000 through the program.

To qualify as a green community, towns are required to meet five criteria that include adopting a five-year plan to reduce baseline energy use in the community by 20 per cent, and allowing for expedited permitting of alternative energy projects through zoning bylaw changes.

Rob Hanneman, chairman of the newly formed Chilmark energy committee, told the selectmen Tuesday that he would review the five criteria and prepare a list of actions needed by the town to meet them.

A question will be put before voters at the annual town meeting next spring.

Also on Tuesday selectmen agreed that a bylaw change is not necessary to address noise complaints from weddings. Instead selectmen said they will send a letter to the owners of wedding venues specifying a 10 p.m. end time for amplified music.

“That’s certainly easier than creating a bylaw,” said selectman Bill Rossi.

The board also agreed to begin the process of applying for a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program state action grant to combat sea level rise in Menemsha.

Chilmark and West Tisbury jointly held a series of climate resilience workshops in May after each receiving $15,000 in grants to complete community vulnerability assessments. A summary of the workshops’ findings was published in June and identified coastal flooding in Menemsha as a key concern for the town in the coming years.

“If we have a one-foot or two-foot sea level rise, what planning do we have to do in Menemsha to prepare for that change?” selectman Warren Doty said. He suggested town conservation agent Chuck Hodgkinson lead the application.

“I’d be very supportive of applying for a grant to hire a consultant to look into what other communities are doing,” added selectman James Malkin.