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Category Archives: Green Communities

Community Adoption of Energy Efficient Building Codes Stretches to 143 Posted on Jul 2

Community Adoption of Energy Efficient Building Codes Stretches to 143

Eight more municipalities (Dalton, Goshen, Halifax, Holliston, Upton, Wellfleet, Lanesborough, and Stoughton) recently adopted the Stretch Energy Code, criterion five for Green Community designation, and will now work to ensure that new construction and major renovations are more energy efficient. With these additions, the total number of participating municipalities has reached 143.

DOER Staff Picks: What We Do To Save Energy Posted on Jun 30

DOER Staff Picks: What We Do To Save Energy

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions isn’t just about installing solar panels on your roof or buying an electric car. While some actions to reduce your carbon footprint are too costly for most, saving energy is certainly something that everyone can do. There are many ways to   …Continue Reading DOER Staff Picks: What We Do To Save Energy

Post-Tornado Reconstruction Continues in Monson Posted on Jun 12

Post-Tornado Reconstruction Continues in Monson

June 1st marked the anniversary of the destructive tornadoes that touched down in Western Massachusetts just three years ago. Monson was one of several towns that experienced severe damage as the tornadoes blew through that part of the state. Monson worked hard to help raise money to rebuild the town. Despite Monson’s strong efforts, however, the town was not able to reach all of its reconstruction goals on its own.

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

Leadership Matters – Images from 7th Green Schools Summit Posted on Apr 7

Leadership Matters – Images from 7th Green Schools Summit

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.”

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”

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

Your Turn to Shine: Energy & Environmental Education Awards Posted on Jan 23

Your Turn to Shine: Energy & Environmental Education Awards

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

2013: Massachusetts Has Great Numbers Posted on Jan 8

2013: Massachusetts Has Great Numbers

The onset of the New Year allows us to mark a moment in time, reflect on the advances of 2013 and preview what’s to come in 2014. Seven years into the Patrick Administration, we have many great clean energy stories to tell. Here are some   …Continue Reading 2013: Massachusetts Has Great Numbers

New Solarize Mass Communities To Grow PV Installations Posted on Dec 13

New Solarize Mass Communities To Grow PV Installations

At a press conference in early December at Atkins Farms in Amherst, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan announced the fifteen communities that will participate in the second round of the 2013 Solarize Massachusetts program (Solarize Mass®). The program’s administrators, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center   …Continue Reading New Solarize Mass Communities To Grow PV Installations