Greening Your Spring Cleaning

By Kevin Pink, Marketing & Development Specialist

It’s been a long winter, but spring is finally here. For many of us, the arrival of buds on the trees and the ability to leave one’s windows open without freezing brings with it a renewed dedication to scouring our homes of all the accumulated dust, sand, and other debris they’ve acquired during the winter. Check out some of our favorite tips for cleaning house in a sustainable way!

There are several approaches to household cleaning that will allow you to make your home sparkle while limiting your impact on the environment and saving you some money.

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The EcoFellow Experience: Chiara Favaloro

Hello! I’m Chiara Favaloro, the current Marketing Fellow at CET. Last May I graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges where I studied Anthropology, Sociology, European Studies, and Dance. Which may make you question how I ended up working for an environmental non-profit. Well, I knew that I wanted to pursue marketing and communications after completing a summer internship with a PR agency in New York City. However, I still wasn’t sure which type of company, products, or services I would want to promote. When I heard about CET’s EcoFellowship program from my older sister Sonja, a former EcoFellow, I was excited about the company’s mission and all of the unique opportunities that the EcoFellowship offers. Although I do not have an academic environmental background, I have always been passionate about sustainability, so promoting the mission and sustainable actions that CET offers seemed like something I would genuinely be excited to promote. This has definitely been true, and I have really enjoyed the past six months of my EcoFellowship; here are some reasons why:

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5 Ways to Green your Super Bowl Party

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow 

1. Watch the game together- Gather a large group of friends to watch the game on one TV, in order to reduce the amount of electricity used while cheering on your favorite team.

2. Carpool to the party- Encourage your guests to carpool to your house to reduce carbon emissions and the amount of cars that have to fit in your driveway!

3. Make your own food- Buy ingredients in bulk and make your own food at home. Pre-made food is often sold in a lot of plastic packaging, especially when served as individual portions.

4. Buy beverages in bulk- Buying large bottles is often less expensive than buying individual cans and saves you the hassle of dealing with recycling all of those empty cans!

5. Don’t throw away leftovers- Distribute them among your guests to take home, donate them to those in need, or compost them.


Greening Your Holiday Travel

By Aliza Heeren, Marketing (High Performance Building) Fellow

The holiday season is an exciting time to travel, but sometimes, we get wrapped up in the holiday cheer and forget that we can still make environmentally conscious choices. Don’t let the holidays get the better of you this year! Here are eight tips to help you green your holiday travel:

  1. Don’t travel alone

Whether you are traveling by plane or by car, the more passengers the better! If you are flying, chose airlines with higher occupancy rates to make your travel more efficient. If you are driving, try to carpool whenever possible. Either carpool with your family, or communicate with friends to see if anyone is traveling in the same direction as you. Carpooling will save you money and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions!

  1. Stay close to home

If you can, avoiding excess travel will reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and save you money!

  1. Take public transportation

It’s always important to take public transportation whenever possible because it is much more efficient than driving, and this still applies around the holidays! It will save you the stress of driving and parking, and can make your holiday adventures a little bit greener!

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Food Waste Initiative Creates Jobs in Massachusetts

To help businesses and institutions maximize recycling, reuse, and composting opportunities, the Center for EcoTechnology administers a program called  RecyclingWorksMA for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The agency has just released a report highlighting the economic benefits in Massachusetts of food waste reduction initiatives. The following post, with a link to the report, was originally posted on the RecyclingWorksMA blog.

And continuing the theme of economic successes in the state that are linked to environmental and economic sustainability initiatives, the Mass. Clean Energy Energy just released it’s annual Clean Energy Industry Report, which describes significant growth in this sector over 2015!

Yesterday, December 22, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) released a new report highlighting the positive economic benefits of reducing food waste. This report studied the effects of the Massachusetts Commercial Food Waste Ban, which prohibits businesses and institutions that generate one ton or more of food waste per week from disposing of that waste in the trash. About 1,700 facilities such as universities, supermarkets, food processors, hotels, conference centers, and restaurants are subject to the ban. This ban, which went into effect in October of 2014, was the nation’s first requiring commercial entities to divert wasted food from disposal via donation, animal feed, anaerobic digestion, or composting.

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