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New Walden Pond Visitor Center Would Inspire Even Thoreau

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The 335 acre Walden Pond State Reservation annually attracts 500,000 people from all over the world, who journey there not just for recreation but for inspiration. Those visitors will soon have another amenity to enjoy. Earlier this month, Governor Deval Patrick joined community leaders, other public officials, environmentalists and project partners to break ground on the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s new $8 million Walden Pond Visitor Center, designed to incorporate a wide-range of sustainable materials and technologies.


Thirteen New Green Communities: Cause for Celebration (With Cake)

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The United States was created from thirteen colonies, which suggests that thirteen is a lucky number. Massachusetts just added another lucky thirteen. A new round of Green Communities – you guessed it, thirteen of them – brings the total number of cities and towns that   …Continue Reading Thirteen New Green Communities: Cause for Celebration (With Cake)


How Many Inspections Does It Take To Install A Solar System?

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How many municipal inspections does it take to install a residential solar photovoltaic (PV) system? Two is the magic number, however it can often be difficult to hit. In order for a solar customer to install an array, their system must obtain a building and   …Continue Reading How Many Inspections Does It Take To Install A Solar System?


Cutting Fuel Use & Greenhouse Gases – Now – Through Hybrid Retrofits

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Can hybrids, which combine a gasoline or diesel engine with an electric motor and batteries, make a real impact on greenhouse gas emissions? Retrofits from a Brighton company save fuel and cut greenhouse gas emissions immediately in light and medium duty vehicles, without waiting to replace fleets.


Eight Drivers Help Mass. Win Energy and Environment Race

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Have a look at this year’s LBE award recipients – two state agencies, two municipalities, two higher education entities, and two individual – who demonstrate achievements that produce measurable environmental and energy outcomes.


“MOR” Reason to Choose Electric Vehicles

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I’m in love . . . with electric vehicles (EV). They’re cool, clean and comfortable. I want one for the performance, the ongoing financial savings, and the reduction in air pollution. While not currently in the market for a new car, I was fortunate to test drive   …Continue Reading “MOR” Reason to Choose Electric Vehicles


Research > Efficient LED Lights > Nobel Prize

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The holy grail of getting solid state white light from light emitting diodes (LED) was elusive. To produce white light from these solid state devices, you need blue diodes. Blue LEDs didn’t exist; physics made it hard and scientists and engineers could not beat the blue diode problem. Until . . .


Home Baked Energy Efficiency with a Tasty Glazing

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Winsert in Gill

To reduce home energy consumption as rates rise, one town in Northwest Massachusetts has found a creative do-it-yourself solution.


Renewables To Blunt Power Outages From Major Storms

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Hurricane Irene hits Boston

To make sure that Massachusetts can avoid the energy-related problems faced by New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania during Hurricane Sandy, the Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative will provide municipalities with reliable, renewable alternatives to diesel generators that also align with the Commonwealth’s greenhouse gas reduction and clean energy goals.


Energizing Future Generations

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For the past two years, Massachusetts has participated in a federal program that recognizes schools working hard to educate future generations about clean energy and improvements in Massachusetts school buildings. This year, the Commonwealth will again participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools recognition program.