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Category Archives: Green Living

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”

Biogas Addresses Massachusetts Corner of Global Food Waste Problem Posted on Nov 19

Biogas Addresses Massachusetts Corner of Global Food Waste Problem

A recent UN report estimates that a third of all food produced worldwide, an estimated 1.3 billion metric tons, is wasted every year – not including the water, fertilizer, and other resources required to produce, store, transport, and, ultimately, dispose of it. In industrialized countries,   …Continue Reading Biogas Addresses Massachusetts Corner of Global Food Waste Problem

Four Municipalities, Two Universities, Two State Agencies & Two Individuals Posted on Nov 15

Four Municipalities, Two Universities, Two State Agencies & Two Individuals

If you want to hear good news about energy in Massachusetts, let me introduce you to two state agencies, two colleges, four municipalities, and two extraordinary individuals. At a late October State House ceremony, the Patrick Administration presented awards to various public entities and individuals   …Continue Reading Four Municipalities, Two Universities, Two State Agencies & Two Individuals

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

Clean Energy Hack for Good Posted on Jul 30

Clean Energy Hack for Good

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

Saving Energy With Your Holiday Gifts Posted on Jan 7

Saving Energy With Your Holiday Gifts

Did you get some sort of new electronic gadget as a holiday gift? If you did, you have a new, easy opportunity to save energy in your home.

Cleaning Up Your Woodstove Posted on Jan 4

Cleaning Up Your Woodstove

DOER and MassCEC launched a $100,000 pilot incentive program to assist residents to trade in their inefficient wood, wood pellet, or coal-burning stoves for safer, more efficient, and cleaner models. Qualifying residents can get a voucher of either $1000 or $2000 (depending on income) to replace older, non-EPA certified stove models with high efficiency stoves that use less wood and release fewer particulates into the air

“Home MPG” Provides Easy-to-Grasp Energy Score Posted on Dec 7

“Home MPG” Provides Easy-to-Grasp Energy Score

Home MPG – a cooperative initiative between DOER and Mass Save – provides a no-cost Energy Performance Score (EPS) that rates the building’s energy characteristics – rather than occupants’ life-style – much like a vehicle MPG rating, and allows comparison between area homes based on the structures’ expected energy use and carbon emissions.

It’s Getting Cold Out – Spend Less & Stay More Comfortable Posted on Nov 8

It’s Getting Cold Out – Spend Less & Stay More Comfortable

What can we do when the temperature plunges to keep our homes more comfortable and spend less on heat at the same time.

One Month Left to “Go Solar” at Discounted Rates Posted on Sep 28

One Month Left to “Go Solar” at Discounted Rates

Alicia Barton McDevitt CEO and Executive Director at Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) View Alicia's Bio With a couple of weeks left before this program’s new October 31 deadline, I’m excited to tell you that our solar bulk purchasing program – Solarize Mass – is   …Continue Reading One Month Left to “Go Solar” at Discounted Rates