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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Mark Sylvia Commissioner, Department of Energy Resources (DOER) View Mark's Bio Here we are, already in the second month of the New Year. If you were impacted by the tornadoes last year in western and central Massachusetts, you know that months later, residents of Monson, …Continue Reading 2012: Time for the new (and improved!)
Mark Sylvia Commissioner, Department of Energy Resources (DOER) View Mark's Bio This week, President Obama and Governor Patrick both confirmed their visions for our clean energy future. In the State of the Union speech, the President talked about the “promise of clean energy,” and said …Continue Reading A year in review…the clean energy revolution continues