How to Plan a Zero Waste Event

By Lexie Vining, Outreach and Education Fellow 

At CET, we are proud of the work we do to help people and businesses reduce their waste. When planning our recent 2nd Annual EcoBuilding BBQ, we made sure that it was a zero waste event from start to finish! The theme was to connect with community members to celebrate spring, going green and re-use. We had a variety of ongoing events such as vermicomposting, crafts and upcycling demonstrations. It was all conveniently located at EcoBuilding Bargains, which is the largest used building materials store in New England. Listed below are the steps we took to create a zero waste event! If you are interested in reducing waste at your events, please consider the suggestions below!

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Second Annual EcoBuilding BBQ!

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow

EcoBuilding Bargains is hosting its annual public barbeque to celebrate spring and reusing and upcycling materials next Saturday, May 20 from 12:00-2:30pm! This free event will feature a multitude of family fun activities, such as composting and reuse workshops, along with live upcycling and composting demonstrations and crafts for kids. Participants can also enjoy free food from the Holyoke Hummus Company while listening to music provided by local DJ Kevin Legends.

Join us in learning from salvage craftsman, Palo Coleman who is returning for a second time to the EcoBuilding Barbeque for a live demonstration of the Japanese charred wood technique of coloring, finishing and preserving siding. Coleman is a talented salvage craftsman based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who specializes in turning reclaimed materials, such as trees, industrial machinery and old furniture, into useable, aesthetically pleasing items. Coleman will be joined by Joe Rosatti, an experienced local upcycler and frequent customer at EcoBuilding Bargains. Rosatti will demonstrate how to upcycle an old bureau into a new piece of furniture.

Come meet our red wiggler worms! CET’s outreach specialist, Ed Rutledge, will give vermicomposting demonstrations throughout the day. He will show how to create a simple compost bin and explain how the worms help turn food waste into productive, finished compost. This event will also have family-friendly projects at the kid crafts table. Attendees can learn how to transform tiles into coasters and decorate bricks to display in the garden.

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Thank You for your Valley Gives Generosity

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow 

Valley Gives is an online giving event that allows individuals throughout the Pioneer Valley and beyond to have a philanthropic impact by collectively supporting nonprofit organizations in Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin counties. This year the Valley Gives campaign raised over one million dollars to help make the Pioneer Valley a better place to live and work. We are thrilled to have exceeded our Valley Gives goal by raising $3,121 from 35 community members!


By 2019, your donation will help 95,000 people and businesses:

  • Reduce carbon emissions equal to taking 85,000 cars off the road for a year
  • Keep 80,000 tons of waste out of landfills
  • Save energy equal to powering 35,000 homes for a year
  • Create $70,000,000 in lifetime savings

Together with our partners, we’ll move the needle in energy efficiency and waste reduction through innovative pilot efforts in the areas of local carbon offsets, deeper energy retrofits, building deconstruction, and more. One hundred percent of your generous tax-deductible contribution supports our EcoFellowship and environmental outreach and education work and ensures that we can continue being a resource for you and our community as we tackle climate change together. We appreciate all of your support!

Why Switch to New England Green Start or New England Wind?

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow

What is New England Wind & New England GreenStart?

The Center for EcoTechnology partners with Mass Energy Consumers Alliance to make it easier than ever for Massachusetts residents to switch to 100% renewable energy. Residents whose energy comes from Eversource or National Grid can sign up for Mass Energy’s New England GreenStart and New England Wind programs. Signing up means that members pay a small fee directly on their electric bills to ensure all of their energy comes from clean, renewable sources. The premium for choosing green energy is 2.4 cents/kwh for New England GreenStart or 3.8 cents/kwh for New England Wind. These contributions are completely tax deductible!

If you sign up for New England GreenStart, your energy will come from a variety of local renewable sources including wind, solar, digester gas, and low-impact hydro. If you choose New England Wind, your energy will come from 100% wind power.

 

New England Wind vs. GreenStart

 

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Drive Green Electric Vehicle Event

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow

Last Saturday, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment hosted an event all about electric vehicles. There were two Teslas and Chevy Volts present for people to observe and test drive. The Teslas and one model of Volt are privately owned by members of the Pinoneer Valley Electric Automobile Association, and the newest Volt was brought by Brian Birrell from Burke Chevrolet in Northampton. These car owners shared their experiences about what it is really like to drive one of these incredible machines. Many reflected on the joy of driving such a quiet and smooth vehicle that is also benefiting the environment. The owners also fielded questions from attendees, alleviating concerns that interested buyers may have.

During this event, there was also a presentation about the Mass Energy program, Drive Green, which offers incentives and discounts on new electric cars. Anyone is eligible to participate and receive a discount to purchase or lease a Nissan LEAF, Chevy Bolt, Kia eSoul, Ford C-MAX Energi, or Ford Fusion Energi at a participating dealer. After you buy or lease your EV, you can go even greener by running it off of renewable energy available through New England Wind or New England Green Start. With all of these incredible Mass Energy programs and sleek new car models available, if you are considering getting an electric vehicle, now is the time!

See below for some photos from the event:

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