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.
Market-Based Program Designed to Continue Solar Growth posted on Jul 30
This April, the Commonwealth launched its second Solar Carve- Out Program. Built on the success of the first solar carve-out program, SREC II is designed to continue to drive Massachusetts’ solar growth and particularly provide incentives for smaller solar projects, building mounted units, community shared solar, solar canopies, emergency power and low income housing.
“Mass. Military Division” and “Energy Efficiency” Go Together posted on Jul 25
Energy measures implemented at a Mass. Military Divison site include improved lighting, high efficiency motors, HVAC controls and energy management system upgrades. Under the Accelerate Efficiency Plan, the Commonwealth is investing over $12 million at 29 state facilities throughout the Berkshires.
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. .