At the 7th Annual Massachusetts Green Schools Summit, students, teachers, legislators and energy officials came together to embrace leadership roles within their communities. DOER Commissioner Mark Sylvia emphasized that clean energy and climate literacy among the current generation of students will be crucial for Massachusetts in the future. “Set the tone, lead the way in the classroom, at home, in the community and for our future.”
Marketers are recognizing “gamification” as a way to motivate and engage people. Can games help engage the public about clean energy through content delivery, education, a sense of community, ways to encourage behaviors?
Would you adopt clean energy and act for climate change if you knew better what it is all about? At DOER, we’re exploring the links between literacy and action with the goal of developing a new program for schools and communities. Passionate about science education …Continue Reading Can Clean Energy Literacy Drive Action?
Some food for thought: “Preparing our children to be good environmental citizens is some of the most important work any of us can do . . . and (can) quite literally sustain our world.” – U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. From a voice a little closer …Continue Reading Your Turn to Shine: Energy & Environmental Education Awards
If you want to hear good news about energy in Massachusetts, let me introduce you to two state agencies, two colleges, four municipalities, and two extraordinary individuals. At a late October State House ceremony, the Patrick Administration presented awards to various public entities and individuals …Continue Reading Four Municipalities, Two Universities, Two State Agencies & Two Individuals
Ground source heat pumps, or GHPs, harness the constant temperature beneath the earth’s crust (about 50-60° F) to sustainably heat and cool homes and buildings. Depending on the season, heat is transferred into or out of the ground via underground piping that carries refrigerant. Heat …Continue Reading SAPHIRE Pilots Geothermal
This past May, I graduated with a degree in communication and a minor in renewable energy policy. In my mind, this was the ideal duo of studies – I wanted to promote courses of action that help protect our planet’s vitality. Even though I was …Continue Reading Finding Your Place
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
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