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Bill Hinkley

Bill Hinkley

Program Director, Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET)

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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. 
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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.

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