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Category Archives: Energy Efficiency

Planting Trees to Save Energy Posted on May 23

Planting Trees to Save Energy

Trees are commonly associated with environmental benefits: they’re pleasing to the eye, they purify the air by removing carbon dioxide and adding oxygen, and they reduce water run-off. But did you know that trees can help nearby communities save energy as well? Both energy and   …Continue Reading Planting Trees to Save Energy

Connecting Cities and Towns with the Right Energy Solutions Posted on May 8

Connecting Cities and Towns with the Right Energy Solutions

Massachusetts cities and towns have had remarkable success executing energy projects that range from solar installations large and small to energy management systems in schools to replacing lights in buildings and on streets with efficient LED technology. Still, so many options are available that negotiating   …Continue Reading Connecting Cities and Towns with the Right Energy Solutions

Toward Zero Net Energy Posted on Apr 10

Toward Zero Net Energy

In late February I had the opportunity to attend the Toward Zero Net Energy (TZNE) Retrofit Program “Charrette” ‒ a collaborative session in which a group of designers drafts a solution to a design problem ‒ at Holyoke Community College (HCC). The purpose of this charrette   …Continue Reading Toward Zero Net Energy

Clean Energy Game Posted on Apr 3

Clean Energy Game

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?

Worcester’s “Wicked Cool Modern Buses” Posted on Mar 28

Worcester’s “Wicked Cool Modern Buses”

Governor Patrick helped launch the new fully electric transit bus fleet, comprising six Proterra plug-in, all-electric buses at the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA). This is the first time a transit system in the northeast has added a fleet of fully electric transit buses to its diesel fleet, and the WRTA Proterra fleet is   …Continue Reading Worcester’s “Wicked Cool Modern Buses”

Can Clean Energy Literacy Drive Action? Posted on Mar 24

Can Clean Energy Literacy Drive Action?

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?

Images from Massachusetts Clean Energy Day Posted on Mar 14

Images from Massachusetts Clean Energy Day

In mid-March, Massachusetts legislators and experts in renewable energy gathered at the State House Grand Staircase for the New England Clean Energy Center’s third annual Massachusetts Clean Energy Day. The event celebrates the clean energy sector’s size and strength in the Commonwealth and the public   …Continue Reading Images from Massachusetts Clean Energy Day

Go the Distance (with a fast charger) Posted on Mar 6

Go the Distance (with a fast charger)

Many of us living in Massachusetts travel for recreation: skiing in New Hampshire, a summer’s weekend down at the Cape, a camping trip in Amherst woods or even the two-hundred-mile trip from Boston to New York City. For drivers of electric vehicles, these trips averaging   …Continue Reading Go the Distance (with a fast charger)

The Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Revolution Has Begun Posted on Mar 4

The Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Revolution Has Begun

The goals set out by the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) are very aggressive: reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. Easy to say, but more complicated to do. Since the Commonwealth’s transportation sector accounts   …Continue Reading The Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Revolution Has Begun

Energy Accomplishments Make a Grandmother Proud Posted on Feb 19

Energy Accomplishments Make a Grandmother Proud

This week, Acushnet joins 122 other Massachusetts cities and towns – from Cape Cod to the Berkshires – that are taking steps to reduce energy costs and cut greenhouse gas emissions under the Patrick Administration’s Green Communities Designation and Grant Program. By banding together to   …Continue Reading Energy Accomplishments Make a Grandmother Proud