Some food for thought:
“Preparing our children to be good environmental citizens is some of the most important work any of us can do . . . and (can) quite literally sustain our world.” – U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
From a voice a little closer to home: “Addressing climate change and its human causes, and adopting a new energy paradigm that places our children and generations after them on a path to a sustainable future — these are among the greatest challenges of our generation.” – Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan.
Since 1994, long before the Patrick Administration made Massachusetts the first state to put energy and environment under the same roof, annual Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education (SAGEE) have honored K-12 programs that promote and reinforce energy and environmental education. (Actually, before Governor Patrick, the award name only had one “E,” since energy wasn’t included.) By recognizing teachers and students who inspire their communities by exploring our most challenging environmental and energy issues, the Commonwealth helps its young citizens get off to an early, strong start.
In 2013, Secretary Sullivan recognized schools and nonprofit organizations from 22 communities across the state for their work on energy conservation, alternative fuels, recycling, ocean science, wildlife conservation and more. This year promises another round of inspiring awards – and the innovative projects, programs, clubs, students and teachers they represent. EEA is accepting nominations until March 28, 2014. Apply and you can learn what your peers have done and have your picture taken at the Statehouse award ceremony later this spring with Secretary Sullivan. Go for it.
Comparing Homes – Energy-Saving Enters the Equation posted on Aug 28
Until recently, there was no way to easily figure energy efficiency into a home buying decision. Enter HomeMPG, a Massachusetts energy-saving initiative to pilot an energy performance score (EPS) in residential homes. This “asset” rating that’s analogous to a car’s MPG rating. Behavior is taken out of the equation so that any home’s energy use can be compared to any other home, allowing for an apples-to-apples comparison.
Massachusetts Milestone: 15,000 Solar Installations posted on Aug 25
Massachusetts has just surpassed an exciting milestone of 15,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, proving that solar energy has become a smart, popular choice here. In fact, as of August 21, there were 15,762 systems installed across Massachusetts, a twenty-fold increase from 2007 when Governor Deval …Continue Reading Massachusetts Milestone: 15,000 Solar Installations
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.