Susan S. Kaplan
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, Department of Energy Resources
On Saturday, October 23, the buzz in Medford was all about energy. At the base of “Windy,” the newly named wind turbine at the McGlynn Elementary and Middle Schools, area residents, town and state officials, and exhibitors enjoyed the sun – and wind – as they learned about energy in their homes, vehicles, and products.
The Department of Energy Resources, city of Medford, and Mass Energy Consumers Alliance hosted the “Harvest Your Energy Festival” for area residents to learn how to save energy and money, tap the power of solar energy, and connect with free energy assessments and efficiency rebates – all while enjoying a beautiful fall day. Festival attendees were able to ride a hybrid bicycle, meet Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster, check out a plug-in hybrid car, and see what students are learning about energy in the local schools.
The cities and towns of Arlington, Cambridge, Lexington, Medford, Melrose, Newton, and Salem were given ceremonial grant checks to recognize their designation as Green Communities. Grants will be used to finance projects that cut energy use and use renewable sources. Thirty-five communities have already earned Green Community designation.
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.