NESEA’s Building Energy 15 conference will be March 3-5

Register now and use these promotional codes!

If you’re a green architect, contractor, or high performance building specialist, then you should attend NESEA’s Building Energy 15: Conference & Trade Show for Renewable Energy and Green Building Professionals. The conference will be on March 3-5, 2015, at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.

Center for EcoTechnology will be there! Visit us at booth 630. And take advantage of the promotional codes below that NESEA and CET are able to offer!

Register now at nesea.org/buildingenergy. When you register, use one of the codes below and get a discount on your registration!

EXPOATBE15 – Gives free trade show pass after Early Bird ends on Jan 31
IMWITHCET1 – Gives $25 off a one day pass
IMWITHCET2 – Gives $50 off a two day pass

We look forward to seeing you at Building Energy 15!

Go Green Pumpkin Carving

By EcoFellow Sonja Favaloro


Last weekend, CET’s six EcoFellows got together to celebrate the change of season by carving pumpkins. Two of the EcoFellows hosted the event in their backyard, providing pumpkins and tools to carve them. We had fun getting creative with our designs and using stencils to cut out spooky cats, ghosts and zpumpkinsombies, but the spookiest pumpkin of all was the RECYCLING PUMPKIN! One EcoFellow decorated hers with the triangular recycling arrows we all know and love.

And this wasn’t the only way we “went green” while carving pumpkins. We carefully divided our pumpkin innards by putting the seeds in a bowl to be roasted later and the rest of the pumpkin guts in a paper bag to be composted. Since our hosts did not have a compost system set up at home, another EcoFellow who did have a home compost system took the bags back with her.

The best part of the process, besides the satisfaction of seeing our pumpkins glowing eerily with tea-lights inside, was roasting all the pumpkin seeds! We cooked up four batches of seeds with different sweet and savory flavorings: cinnamon sugar, curry and cayenne pepper, garlic salt, and sea salt, and we have been snacking on them at work ever since.

So if you are planning to carve pumpkins this Halloween season, why not make a green-themed pumpkin and send us a picture? We are launching a Go Green Pumpkin Carving Contest and we want to see what you can come up with. Send a photo of your green-themed pumpkin to gogreen@cetonline.org for the chance to win one of CET’s Go Green raffle baskets. And don’t forget to compost those pumpkin guts!

Make the Switch Launches WMECO Green Power Option

On July 27, despite the threat of rain, people filled the lodge at Berkshire East to celebrate the fourth annual Berkshire East Wind Festival. This year’s event was especially important, as it also celebrated  the launch of green power programs in Western Mass Electric Company (WMECO) territory.

The Center for EcoTechnology’s long-time partner, Mass Energyoffers 100% local green power to customers who choose it on their power bills. After hearing from Mass Energy, CET, and Mothers Out Front (an organization of mothers, grandmothers and caregivers supporting green power), attendees toured Berkshire East’s 277-foot tall turbine to learn how it helps keep this family-run business thriving. The skies cleared as the green power supporters reached the summit and the site of one of the state’s most beautiful turbines.

turbineFrom Erin Taylor, Marketing Director at Mass Energy:

We like to bring people up close to wind turbines to debunk myths, such as that wind turbines are noisy and cause adverse health effects. In fact, most of our turbines are very close to schools and residences (and skiers) and have been received positively by their communities with very few complaints and zero proven health effects. Our attendees learn, by being up-close, that turbines are non-disruptive, beautiful, and beloved when properly sited.

National Grid customers can already sign up for local green power on their power bills! WMECO customers can add their names to a wait list.

Make the switch today, and help make Massachusetts a better place to live and work!

 

Volunteer for Easthampton “Women Build”

The expression “women build” is not one that often comes to mind in the construction industry, even in the 21st Century.   Yet the Florence based Habitat for Humanity has just broken ground for two solar-designed homes in Easthampton that are being built over the next 18 months. 

Led by a strong women leadership team, the Women Build project has a goal that 70% of the labor will be comprised of women under the direction of experienced site supervisors.  By proactively encouraging the involvement of women in the construction of homes, Habitat is able to help more families achieve homeownership while women from all walks of life develop practical, hands-on construction skills in a supportive environment.

The excitement or the Pioneer Valley Habitat project is permeating both the daily work and free time of some of CET’s employees.  Our Home Energy Rating staff has been advising the Habitat design team on building science matters and will be inspecting and testing the homes;  Peggy MacLeod, CET Green Building Sales Representative, serves on the Women Build Public Relations Team; and CET employees are busy organizing a volunteer build team to contribute a full day to the Easthampton project. 

Now that the Women Build construction has finally started, CET is using its social media tools to broadcast to both men and women this unique volunteer opportunity.   Whether or not you have any construction skills, you are invited to attend a Habitat workshop at Lowe’s Hadley store to learn basic construction skills and join a team of up to eight individual volunteers or an organized group of colleagues in a “build day”.  This is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn, practice, and apply construction skills while making a personal contribution to increase homeownership for deserving families.   

For more information about coming to an orientation, joining a volunteer team or forming your own team of friends or company employees, contact Megan at PV Habitat, (413-586-5430) / volunteer@pvhabitat.org.   

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Go for a Climate Ride and Support CET!

The Center for EcoTechnology is now a beneficiary of Climate Ride. You can choose to support us by participating in any of the Climate Rides or Climate Hike that are organized around the United States. Jenny Schwartz, the Education and Outreach Coordinator at Berkshire Co-op Market in Great Barrington, just selected CET to be one of her fundraising beneficiaries for her New York City to Washington D.C. from September 20-24. Thanks Jenny!

While she enjoys her ride, Jenny is also fundraising for CET’s EcoFellowship and education programs. So, if you decide to do a ride, and select CET as climateridelogo.jpgyour beneficiary when you register, we will be the recipient of the funds you raise, which means our efforts will gain even more traction in the future.

Find out more about Climate Ride by visiting www.climateride.org. Registration for Climate Ride is $100 (which includes a jersey or hiking shirt and more), and then you raise at least $2800 to participate in an all-inclusive event. The rides are fully supported by a team of talented leaders, and Climate Ride will help you with fundraising and training. To top it all off, Climate Ride is one of the ‘greenest’ multi-day charity ride events in the world.

 

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