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
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
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
“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
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
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.
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.