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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Clean Energy Hack for Good Posted on Jul 30

Clean Energy Hack for Good

Have an idea for a clean energy app to make a clean energy improvement happen through a smartphone, the web, tablets, even desktop computers? Let me know ─ because it might just get done. There is rock star technical and design talent ready to “improve the   …Continue Reading Clean Energy Hack for Good

Surprise . . . It’s a Bouncing Baby Energy Bill Posted on Jul 29

Surprise . . . It’s a Bouncing Baby Energy Bill

Do you like surprises? Good? Bad? Indifferent? Chances are your answer to this is, “it depends.” Finding a twenty-dollar bill in your spring jacket pocket? Right on. Discovering $300 in text messaging charges on your family cell phone plan? Not so much. And yet major   …Continue Reading Surprise . . . It’s a Bouncing Baby Energy Bill

Financing Anaerobic Digestion Projects Posted on Jul 26

Financing Anaerobic Digestion Projects

The morning of July 10 was gray and gloomy at the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority’s (MWRA) Deer Island wastewater treatment plant, but a giant American flag, affixed to an anaerobic digester (AD) pod rising out of the mist, seemed to aptly mark the proceedings. State   …Continue Reading Financing Anaerobic Digestion Projects

Solarize Mass – Northampton Meets the Installer Posted on Jul 24

Solarize Mass –  Northampton Meets the Installer

On the evening of Thursday, June 13th, Northampton residents gathered together to meet the company to participate in the Solarize Mass Northampton program that runs through September 30th. Real Goods Solar was selected through a competitive process by a committee made up of MassCEC, DOER,   …Continue Reading Solarize Mass – Northampton Meets the Installer

Don’t Sweat It – Keep You & Your Wallet Cool Posted on Jul 22

Don’t Sweat It – Keep You & Your Wallet Cool

Now that we’re in the midst of summer, most of us are feeling the heat. With last week’s wave of high temperatures and humidity that loomed over New England, we’ve been using more energy to help keep us cool. Even though energy is invisible, the more   …Continue Reading Don’t Sweat It – Keep You & Your Wallet Cool

Massachusetts Schools Earn a Green Ribbon Posted on Jul 17

Massachusetts Schools Earn a Green Ribbon

On Monday, June 3, a national ceremony was held in Washington, D.C. to honor sixty-four U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) and fourteen recipients of the first-ever District Sustainability Award. This year marks the first time that Massachusetts has participated in the program.   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Schools Earn a Green Ribbon

20% Community Energy Reduction – Is it Possible? Posted on Jul 15

20% Community Energy Reduction – Is it Possible?

Reaching the mark set by Criterion 3 for the Green Communities Program may seem like a daunting goal − some municipalities wonder if they can do it. The criterion stipulates that in order for a municipality to be designated a Green Community, it must “Establish   …Continue Reading 20% Community Energy Reduction – Is it Possible?

Westfield Vocational-Technical High School Grand Re-Opening Celebrates Energy Savings Posted on Jul 11

Westfield Vocational-Technical High School Grand Re-Opening Celebrates Energy Savings

“The most important thing a city does is educate its children,” Westfield Mayor Daniel M. Knapik reminded us with a quote from one of his predecessors in the Westfield Mayor’s office, Rick Sullivan, now Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). At Westfield Vocational-Technical High   …Continue Reading Westfield Vocational-Technical High School Grand Re-Opening Celebrates Energy Savings

Anaerobic Digestion: Turning Waste into Renewable Energy Posted on Jul 9

Anaerobic Digestion: Turning Waste into Renewable Energy

Since 2008, Massachusetts has made enormous strides in the field of renewable energy. While you are probably familiar with solar panels and wind turbines, there are many more options that are friendlier to the environment than fossil fuels. With the ability to turn organic waste   …Continue Reading Anaerobic Digestion: Turning Waste into Renewable Energy