MFEP Webinar Summary

Mountain View Farm in Easthampton, MA was awarded $30,000 through an MDAR grant to obtain their solar panels.

The Massachusetts Farm Energy Program (MFEP) is a joint project of the Center for EcoTechnology and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) that offers a range of services to Massachusetts farms to help them reduce energy use and produce renewable energy.

Staff from the MFEP recently hosted a webinar on the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants, and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Agricultural Energy Grants. The webinar covered:

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Library of Things: A Consumption Reduction Movement

By Jorge Guarin, Outreach and Education EcoFellow

The Library of Things movement has a single objective; continuing and expanding the work libraries have done for hundreds of years to provide open access to resources. The concept is quite simple: established libraries or other organizations offer the community easy access to a variety of tools, equipment, and recreational items. Like a traditional library, patrons check out what they need. Items include camping gear, musical instruments, niche technology items, and specialized cookware. This open access allows the community to explore, try, and use a large number of items without the need to buy or store them. These libraries are part of a bigger movement: the sharing economy.

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Celebrate Black History Month: The Progression of the Lightbulb!

Black History Month - Lewis Latimer

by Willow Cohn, Outreach & Education EcoFellow 

The Center for EcoTechnology is known for sharing information on the most efficient and cost-effective technologies available! This month, we celebrate Black History Month by honoring a brilliant engineer and inventor, Lewis Latimer, who invented new technology improving the lightbulb and led the way to a brighter future.

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The EcoFellow Experience: Morgan O’Connor

EcoFellow Morgan O'Connor

Hello! My name is Morgan O’Connor, and I am an EcoFellow at the Center for EcoTechnology. My role at CET is focused on communications and building science, but at CET you’re sure to have the opportunity to try everything!

I am a 2017 graduate of UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College where I majored in Natural Resources Conservation. At UMass I studied environmental issues broadly, focusing on how biological sciences, conservation efforts, and people intersect. I have worked in various positions from environmental educator to seabird biological field technician; however the EcoFellowship has allowed me to experience practical environmental efforts with a visible impact. I have always known that I wanted my job to be more than just a job, and working for people and the environment keeps me motivated to do my best.

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How to Increase Your Car’s Fuel Efficiency

By Morgan O’Connor, Sustainability Fellow

Fuel Efficiency Oil Change

The EPA cites the transportation industry as the second largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in the U.S. at 27% of all emissions, second only to electricity production at 29%. Although this statistic includes commercial airplanes, ships, trains, and freight trucks, the largest contributors are the cars that we use every day.

There are varying levels of action that we can take in order to make our commute as sustainable as possible.

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