Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Watch this space over the coming weeks for dozens of tips for living “greener,” delivered in categorized lists. Pick and choose tips from these lists, or challenge yourself to do them all. You will save energy and money and contribute to a more sustainable home, neighborhood, and world. Here’s part 1: general green living.
2. Buy products with an Energy Star label.
3. Learn about the environmental and energy issues in your area.
4. Donate your old clothing, shoes, car, furniture, etc.
5. Buy items in bulk.
6. Maintain and repair durable products instead of frequently buying new ones.
7. Buy used furniture and other items. It’s cheaper and keeps large items out of landfills.
Solarize Mass – Big Scale Impact for Small Scale Solar posted on Aug 20
The results of the Solarize Mass 2013-2014 two rounds managed to surpass numbers from the previous two years. Close to 1,500 contracts were signed and a total of nearly 10 megawatts of solar installed. During 2013’s first round, ten communities participated, and for the second round that ended this past June, another fifteen communities were chosen.
Carbon Neutral? A Closer Look at University Claims posted on Aug 14
The five UMass university campuses have made enormous progress towards carbon neutrality. In particular, UMass Amherst has demonstrated impressive environmental leadership and received an Energy and Environmental Affairs’ Leading by Example award for achieving a 26 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions three years ahead of its 2012 goal.
Door-to-Door Campaign Reaps Energy Efficiency Gains posted on Aug 1
Greenfield sent program specialists from Energy Smart Homes door-to-door to answer questions, explain the energy auditing process, and plan retrofit projects. So far, home energy assessments in Greenfield have taken place at four times the statewide rate.