April 22 marks Earth Day. Since 1970, this day has been an opportunity for all of us to consider our impact on our planet. Many people rely on their cars to get around, but here is a way to make a vehicle a little greener without buying a new one.
Environmental license plates are a great way to show your support for the natural beauty of Massachusetts and provide financial support for environmental projects statewide. These plates generate nearly $1 million in funds, which the Massachusetts Environmental Trust awards as grants to towns and nonprofit organizations.
Over 40,000 motorists display a Right Whale, Brook Trout, or Blackstone Mill license plate. At $40 every two years (just $1.67 per month!) in addition to regular registration fees, and tax-deductible, these plates provide a lot of mileage for a low price.
It is easy to order a plate online. Environmental license plates are available through the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. Just select the plate of your choice and let the website guide you through the transaction.
Learn more about the Massachusetts Environmental Trust and see a sample of recent grants.
Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers! posted on Jul 30
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A Whale of a License Plate posted on Jul 28
Wish your license plate was more identifiable? Want to save whales? Well, there is a way to achieve both of these at once. Perhaps the old saying about hitting two birds with one stone should be “do two cool things with one easy payment to the …Continue Reading A Whale of a License Plate
Before the Boston Seafood Festival, Reconsider the Lobster posted on Jul 23
Everything that you have been told about lobsters is a lie. Okay, maybe not everything. But despite the popularity of the lobster industry (and it’s a very popular industry—bringing in over $53 million dollars in Massachusetts alone), many popular beliefs about the lobster’s existence are …Continue Reading Before the Boston Seafood Festival, Reconsider the Lobster