The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is continuing to have a positive impact for communities across the Commonwealth. Recently, I joined Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, Secretary Rick Sullivan and many others to celebrate the installation of new, stimulus-funded energy efficient ceilings that have been placed in five state-owned rinks. These new ceilings will cut energy costs by up to 40%, reduce the rink’s carbon footprint, improve ice conditions, and create a more enjoyable space for skaters to enjoy. Check out video from the event below.
This project was managed collaboratively by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, which is responsible for the rinks, and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER). DOER’s State Energy Program has managed hundreds of stimulus-funded clean energy projects. You can learn more about this program by visiting our Energy Recovery Dollars at Work web page. You can also see photos from the event and other clean energy projects on our Flickr page.
Boston Latin School Honored for Sustainability, Health, Environmental Education posted on Apr 22
Congratulations to Boston Latin School, recipient of a 2014 U.S. Department of Education (USED) Green Ribbon Schools recognition award. The Green Ribbon Schools program, launched by USED in 2011, honors the highest performing schools for sustainability, health and environmental education in the U.S. This year, …Continue Reading Boston Latin School Honored for Sustainability, Health, Environmental Education
Toward Zero Net Energy posted on Apr 10
In late February I had the opportunity to attend the Toward Zero Net Energy (TZNE) Retrofit Program “Charrette” ‒ a collaborative session in which a group of designers drafts a solution to a design problem ‒ at Holyoke Community College (HCC). The purpose of this charrette …Continue Reading Toward Zero Net Energy
Leadership Matters – Images from 7th Green Schools Summit posted on Apr 7
At the 7th Annual Massachusetts Green Schools Summit, students, teachers, legislators and energy officials came together to embrace leadership roles within their communities. DOER Commissioner Mark Sylvia emphasized that clean energy and climate literacy among the current generation of students will be crucial for Massachusetts in the future. “Set the tone, lead the way in the classroom, at home, in the community and for our future.”