The United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) in Lowell is making great progress on its stimulus-funded energy efficiency renovation. Last week, Governor Patrick and community leaders gathered to celebrate the placement of the last piece of steel on the new UTEC building. Founded in 1999 as a positive response to local gang violence, UTEC is a youth-led agency that works to reduce youth violence by providing education and job training and a safe place to enjoy civic, cultural and athletic activities. The work being done at UTEC, both the community efforts and the innovative, energy-saving construction, is inspiring. I hope it serves as a national model for communities facing similar challenges.
Check out the video below to see the highlights from the day.
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.