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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10 Ways to Give Sustainable Gifts

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow  

These sustainable gift giving ideas will help guide you through your holiday shopping this year!

1. Help Others Go Green
Give a gift to your friends and family that will encourage them to go green! Reusable water bottles and mugs, decorative tote bags, reusable containers, fun dish towels, or a solar powered charger are all great options.

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Giving plants, flowers, or terrariums as gifts can be a great way to brighten up a room during these cold winter months.

3. Buy Used
Look for unique vintage or antique items by shopping at thrift stores, antique stores or used books stores.

4. Buy Local
Try to buy goods from local businesses and artisans that are made of sustainable materials: cotton, bamboo, wool, or recycled materials.

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CET Celebrates 40 Years of Environmental Work!

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow 

The Center for EcoTechnology has helped people and businesses save energy and reduce waste for 40 years! We love being a part of this community and helping so many people take Go Green actions. Our 40th year will culminate with the completion of our 2014-16 Go Green Goals:

  • Helping 80,000 people take go green actions.     go-green-square
  • Reducing our energy usage by an amount equal to taking 40,000 homes off the grid for a year.
  • Reducing our carbon footprint equal to taking about 100,000 cars off the road for a year.
  • Creating $100 million in lifetime energy and waste     savings for residents and business owners.

Our recent 40th Anniversary Staff Celebration was a huge success! CET employees and their families came together at the Mill 180 Park to celebrate four decades of groundbreaking environmental work. This event was a small token of appreciation for the important work that dedicated CET employees do every day. Here’s to another 40 years!

A special thanks goes to our party planning committee: Cat Thomson, Casey Simpson, Amy Weber, Allison Zeigler, Renee Stearns, Kevin Pink, Emily Gaylord, and Cory Mansell, who have been volunteering their time for the past five months. And thank you to Ben Coe for these fantastic photos!

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Drive Green with Mass Energy’s New Electric Vehicle Discount Program!

By Katie Costantini, Outreach and Education Fellow 

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Have you been considering buying an electric vehicle (EV)? Well now is the right time! Mass Energy recently launched Drive Green, a buying program that allows anyone to purchase or lease an EV or plug-in hybrid (PHEV) at participating dealers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island at discounted rates. Drive Green is modeled after similar successful programs in Colorado and Utah and is an extension of buyers’ groups for energy consumers that Mass Energy has operated since 1982.

Why should you choose an EV?

  1. Money: It is cheaper to drive one mile in an EV than one mile powered by gasoline. You can calculate you fuel savings and compare vehicles here.

Dealers participating in this program are offering discounts as high as $9,000 off of the MSRP. Additionally, you can receive a federal tax credit of up to $7500 as well as state rebates. MA and RI residents can receive a rebate of up to $2500! Rebates are also available for more efficient at home charging devices in MA and for Eversource customers.

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Thank You for your #GivingTuesday Generosity!

#GivingTuesday has come and gone, and by all accounts it was a success across the board. Thank you very much for your support! Your contribution helps us to continue our outreach and education work in communities across Massachusetts. It also supports the EcoFellowship, which helps us train the next generation of environmental leaders. It all helps us continue to make green make sense. Thank you again!

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