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Advancing Zero Net Energy Buildings Posted on Aug 13

Advancing Zero Net Energy Buildings

When I started an internship this summer with the Leading by Example program at the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), I knew that I would be working on projects related to energy efficient and sustainable buildings.   While I was familiar with LEED certification, I didn’t   …Continue Reading Advancing Zero Net Energy Buildings

Getting Started and Gaining Insight into Energy Storage Posted on Jul 14

Getting Started and Gaining Insight into Energy Storage

I joined the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) team a few months ago and, as you might imagine, have been introduced to a mountain of new information. Before I joined DOER, I had a very general understanding of what the department actually did for the   …Continue Reading Getting Started and Gaining Insight into Energy Storage

Leading By Example Earns EPA Award Posted on Jun 16

Leading By Example Earns EPA Award

This spring, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s New England Office chose this historic hall to recognize bold action and innovation of a different kind. It recognized Massachusetts state government’s Leading by Example (LBE) program during a 2015 Earth Day event at Faneuil Hall, awarding LBE a 2015 Environmental Merit Award in the governmental category.

Brainstorming Clean Energy Solutions in Communities Posted on Sep 26

Brainstorming Clean Energy Solutions in Communities

Last month, the community of Northampton held its first Clean Energy Community Strategy meeting, a “101” meeting of sorts to introduce Northampton residents to the Clean Energy Strategy Program (CESP) developed by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center in collaboration with DOER’s Green Communities Division. CESP   …Continue Reading Brainstorming Clean Energy Solutions in Communities

Dovetailing Energy and Environment Posted on Sep 3

Dovetailing Energy and Environment

Can noise from a nearby wind farm make you sick? Can clean energy slow climate change? Energy and environmental concerns have always been difficult to separate. In 2007, Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to recognize the interdependence of energy and environment when the Patrick   …Continue Reading Dovetailing Energy and Environment

Massachusetts Schools Honored for Energy, Sustainability Achievements Posted on Jun 12

On Wednesday, June 5, the Massachusetts National Energy Education Development (NEED) Youth Awards ceremony was held in the State House. Seven schools, one district and one exceptional student were chosen for their efforts towards environmental sustainability and community outreach.

One Month Left to “Go Solar” at Discounted Rates Posted on Sep 28

One Month Left to “Go Solar” at Discounted Rates

Alicia Barton McDevitt CEO and Executive Director at Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) View Alicia's Bio With a couple of weeks left before this program’s new October 31 deadline, I’m excited to tell you that our solar bulk purchasing program – Solarize Mass – is   …Continue Reading One Month Left to “Go Solar” at Discounted Rates

A Tornado’s Path to Energy Efficiency Posted on Sep 18

A Tornado’s Path to Energy Efficiency

Enter ReBuild Western Massachusetts (“ReBuild”) is a partnership between the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). Thanks to a combination of federal stimulus and state funding, ReBuild put millions of dollars on the table in the form of grants for any homeowner (who can also take advantage of zero interest bank loans), business owner or municipality that can document tornado damage.

New Trees Grow in Springfield Posted on Sep 14

New Trees Grow in Springfield

Ted Dobbin Clean Energy Fellow, Department of Energy Resources (DOER) View Ted's Bio Following the devastation of last year’s tornadoes, which destroyed an estimated 4,000 trees, Springfield residents decided to step up to the plate and rebuild their neighborhoods. ReGreen Springfield created the Tree Planting   …Continue Reading New Trees Grow in Springfield

Worcester environmental director named White House Champion of Change Posted on Mar 21

Worcester environmental director named White House Champion of Change

Phil Guerin was named a “White House Champion of Change” in a West Wing ceremony on February 15. Three levels of government – federal, state and local – brought an energy project to life. Guerin, the City of Worcester’s Director of Environmental Systems for the Department of Public Works and Parks, was the key “person-on-the-ground” who brought project to a successful conclusion in the form of a 135 kw solar array that provides electricity to an energy intensive water filtration plant.