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Energy & Environmental Leadership Puts U.S. Dept. of Education Spotlight on Massachusetts Schools Posted on Aug 15

Energy & Environmental Leadership Puts U.S. Dept. of Education Spotlight on Massachusetts Schools

A year ago, a group of state and federal agency employees and private sector “green” education advocates gathered at DOER to plan Massachusetts’ first year in the U.S. Department of Education’s (US-ED) Green Ribbon Schools award recognition program. While we weren’t sure what to expect,   …Continue Reading Energy & Environmental Leadership Puts U.S. Dept. of Education Spotlight on Massachusetts Schools

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

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

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

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

Massachusetts Schools Honored for Energy, Sustainability Achievements Posted on Jun 12

On Wednesday, June 5, the Massachusetts National Energy Education Development (NEED) Youth Awards ceremony was held in the State House. Seven schools, one district and one exceptional student were chosen for their efforts towards environmental sustainability and community outreach.

New Opportunities for K-12 Energy Education in Massachusetts Posted on May 26

DOER intern developed content for a new website that is a tool for Massachusetts educators to explore clean energy concepts as a way to bring math and science lessons together in a stimulating, engaging context.

High School Students Get an Introduction to Clean Energy Posted on Mar 15

High School Students Get an Introduction to Clean Energy

Bright high school students from the Boston Public Schools visit the Mass. Clean Energy Center as part of the Boston Private Industry Council’s Job Shadow Day and learn about MassCEC’s role in the clean energy sector.

Mass. Data Center Tees Up Innovation in Clean Energy, Sets Standard for Energy Efficiency Posted on Mar 11

Mass. Data Center Tees Up Innovation in Clean Energy, Sets Standard for Energy Efficiency

A just-completed high performance computing center in Holyoke will help Massachusetts stay at the forefront of discovery and innovation, and demonstrate clean energy leadership through application of efficient data center design and technology.