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Category Archives: Renewables

SAPHIRE Pilots Geothermal Posted on Sep 10

SAPHIRE Pilots Geothermal

Ground source heat pumps, or GHPs, harness the constant temperature beneath the earth’s crust (about 50-60° F) to sustainably heat and cool homes and buildings. Depending on the season, heat is transferred into or out of the ground via underground piping that carries refrigerant. Heat   …Continue Reading SAPHIRE Pilots Geothermal

Dovetailing Energy and Environment Posted on Sep 3

Dovetailing Energy and Environment

Can noise from a nearby wind farm make you sick? Can clean energy slow climate change? Energy and environmental concerns have always been difficult to separate. In 2007, Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to recognize the interdependence of energy and environment when the Patrick   …Continue Reading Dovetailing Energy and Environment

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

Water-Smart Energy Posted on Aug 9

Water-Smart Energy

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

Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition – Local Steps Toward Nationwide Success Posted on Aug 6

Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition – Local Steps Toward Nationwide Success

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Clean Cities program didn’t get any china or platinum for its 20th anniversary this year. Instead the program’s anniversary gift is pride; pride in the fact that over two decades, nationwide efforts have saved more than 5 billion gallons   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition – Local Steps Toward Nationwide Success

Celebrating the Vision – Five Years of Clean Energy Posted on Aug 2

Celebrating the Vision – Five Years of Clean 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

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

Financing Anaerobic Digestion Projects Posted on Jul 26

Financing Anaerobic Digestion Projects

The morning of July 10 was gray and gloomy at the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority’s (MWRA) Deer Island wastewater treatment plant, but a giant American flag, affixed to an anaerobic digester (AD) pod rising out of the mist, seemed to aptly mark the proceedings. State   …Continue Reading Financing Anaerobic Digestion Projects

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

Massachusetts Schools Earn a Green Ribbon Posted on Jul 17

Massachusetts Schools Earn a Green Ribbon

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