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.
Solar a “No-Go” on Your Roof? Share Through Community Solar posted on Jul 16
Harvard residents who wanted solar on their homes and were unable to get it due to shading, sloping, or structural barriers, found a solution by sharing the Harvard Solar Garden, an approximately 250 kW project, provides 41 residents and six small businesses with sustainable, clean energy. .
Summer’s Here: Shed Layers and Shed Loads posted on Jul 11
Electricity usage throughout New England reaches its peak during summer heat waves, causing our electricity bills to spike. During periods of high demand, electric utilities typically call on more expensive “peaking” plants to provide extra power. These costs are passed onto larger, non-residential consumers through demand charges on their monthly electricity bill. Municipal buildings can save a significant sum of money if they shut off portions of their electricity during these peak periods.
Massachusetts Rebates Supercharge Electric Vehicle Market posted on Jul 7
The MOR-EV initiative provides rebates of up to $2,500 for electric, fuel cell vehicles and plug-in vehicles with large batteries, and $1,500 for plug-in electric vehicles with smaller batteries. All Massachusetts residents are eligible to receive incentives on purchased and leased new electric vehicles until the rebate funds are gone.