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CET Takes a Tour of the SMRF

By Shelby Kuenzli, Digital Marketing EcoFellow

Recently, some of the EcoFellows and CET staff took a tour of the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility (SMRF). We got to see the inside of the facility, where the materials are dropped off, where they’re sorted and the belts that the materials travel on. Afterwards, we were shown the gigantic bales of recyclable materials and were invited to have a discussion about the different challenges of recycling and how important outreach and education is. Find out what we learned below!

About 70 cities and towns bring their recycling materials to the SMRF and there are multiple ways that towns recycle. The two most common ways to recycle are through single-stream recycling and dual-stream recycling. Single stream refers to recycling materials (such as paper and plastic) are mixed together; dual stream recycling involves separating materials into paper products and other containers (such as plastic, metal and glass, etc). The most common method is dual stream, and the SMRF only processes dual stream.

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Celebrate #GivingTuesday with CET

By Morgan O’Connor, Marketing & High Performance Building Fellow

Tomorrow, November 28, join the worldwide movement and give back to your community by participating in Giving Tuesday! This international celebration of giving has already raised $177,000,000 across 98 different countries, and the day has not even arrived yet! Tomorrow as people come together to give what they can to influential charities and organizations, we hope that you keep in mind the Center for EcoTechnology, and the work we do in your communities.

One of the best ways to get involved is at the local level. Here at the Center for EcoTechnology, we help our community make green make sense! Last year our outreach and education team connected with over 3,400 people around western Massachusetts. We traveled to 119 events, reaching from the Berkshires to Boston, helping people to save money and find even more ways to be environmentally conscious. We love the work that we do, but as a non-profit we need help doing it.

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ABX & Greenbuild Together in Boston

By Jorge Guarin, Outreach and Education EcoFellow

This November, several CET employees had the exciting opportunity to be a part of the ABX & Greenbuild Expo and Conference in Boston. It was the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, and an amazing occasion to learn from innovative organizations, create partnerships, and increase CET’s impact. Most of CET’s participation took place at the expo hall, where our team members Morgan, Peggy, Allison, Amy, and Paulina connected with hundreds of professionals during the 3-day expo. However, CET’s involvement could not be complete without attending the educational sessions and supporting sustainability efforts.

Graphic for ABX GreenBuild

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Celebrate America Recycles Day with CET

By Morgan O’Connor, Marketing and High Performance Building EcoFellowAmerica Recycles DayToday is America Recycles Day! According to the EPA the United States recycles at a rate of around 34.3%, and with your help we can raise that even more! Recycling and composting are growing industries accounting for 757,000 jobs and $36.6 billion in wages, as well as an additional $6.7 billion in tax revenue. That is roughly 1.57 jobs for every 1,000 tons of material recycled! By increasing the amount we recycle we can conserve natural resources, while strengthening our economy!

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NESEA Pro Tour with the EcoFellows

EcoFellows in front of passive house on NESEA your

By Morgan O’Connor, Marketing and High Performance Building EcoFellow

Recently the EcoFellows toured two very different, yet highly efficient, building projects in Western Massachusetts. The tour was put on by our friends at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) as part of their Pro Tour Series. Both projects were the work of local contractors Kent Hicks Construction, one of them being his own home and office.

Kent lives in a former grist mill that was built in 1850. In order to convert it into a home residence and office space he completed a deep energy retrofit. A deep energy retrofit is a way of renovating a space to address all energy loads and increase efficiency.

However, what made this project exceptional was Kent’s dedication to maintaining the integrity and aesthetic of the old mill building. Throughout the project, deconstruction and repurposing of original materials was a priority. This allowed for unique design features, like wainscoting made from their original metal roofing, and a dining room table made from the mill’s machinery. The flooring downstairs is also original and shows the indentations of former mill employees’ work stations. This project is a testament to how style  and energy efficiency can work together to create a beautiful and sustainable home, without compromising historical authenticity.

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