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
America has an energy problem. Many aging U.S. power plants are nearing the end of their operational lives. Following decades of reliance on fossil fuels, where do states turn next for their electric power – an issue magnified by the looming threat of global climate …Continue Reading Water-Smart Energy
On Wednesday, July 24, state officials met at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) to celebrate and reaffirm a clean energy “vision.” It seemed a fitting location: the nearby wind turbine served as a visual reminder of MMA’s dedication to greening its campus. And the crowd could …Continue Reading Celebrating the Vision – Five Years of Clean Energy
Have an idea for a clean energy app to make a clean energy improvement happen through a smartphone, the web, tablets, even desktop computers? Let me know ─ because it might just get done. There is rock star technical and design talent ready to “improve the …Continue Reading Clean Energy Hack for Good
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
Now that we’re in the midst of summer, most of us are feeling the heat. With last week’s wave of high temperatures and humidity that loomed over New England, we’ve been using more energy to help keep us cool. Even though energy is invisible, the more …Continue Reading Don’t Sweat It – Keep You & Your Wallet Cool
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
Reaching the mark set by Criterion 3 for the Green Communities Program may seem like a daunting goal − some municipalities wonder if they can do it. The criterion stipulates that in order for a municipality to be designated a Green Community, it must “Establish …Continue Reading 20% Community Energy Reduction – Is it Possible?
“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
Organizing an energy committee is a key step for cities and towns seeking to implement more effective clean energy and energy efficiency improvements.