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Category Archives: Green Communities

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

Energy Assurance, No Matter the Size of Your Town Posted on Dec 3

Energy Assurance, No Matter the Size of Your Town

The fundamental mission of energy assurance is “to take action to effectively respond to emergency situations, and to protect and mitigate affects on energy-related infrastructure and services.” Simply put, policies, programs, and investments made prior to emergencies can make for a more safe and secure   …Continue Reading Energy Assurance, No Matter the Size of Your Town

Brainstorming Clean Energy Solutions in Communities Posted on Sep 26

Brainstorming Clean Energy Solutions in Communities

Last month, the community of Northampton held its first Clean Energy Community Strategy meeting, a “101” meeting of sorts to introduce Northampton residents to the Clean Energy Strategy Program (CESP) developed by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center in collaboration with DOER’s Green Communities Division. CESP   …Continue Reading Brainstorming Clean Energy Solutions in Communities

Energy & Environmental Leadership Puts U.S. Dept. of Education Spotlight on Massachusetts Schools Posted on Aug 15

Energy & Environmental Leadership Puts U.S. Dept. of Education Spotlight on Massachusetts Schools

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

Solarize Mass – Northampton Meets the Installer Posted on Jul 24

Solarize Mass –  Northampton Meets the Installer

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

20% Community Energy Reduction – Is it Possible? Posted on Jul 15

20% Community Energy Reduction – Is it Possible?

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?