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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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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Wind Turbine Myths…Busted!

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow|

Wind power is becoming increasingly affordable and has the potential to greatly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and create less pollution in the air. However, there are several misconceptions about this new type of technology, so let’s set the record straight by busting some of the most common myths about wind turbines!

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Myth One: The Sound and Shadow Flicker will Damage Your Health

According to an article by the Union of Concerned Scientists on the Environmental Impacts of Wind Power, there is no evidence that the sound from turbines or the shadow flicker is in any way detrimental to a person’s health.  With proper siting of the turbine, there should be hardly any noise and no negative health impact.

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Back to School Green Tips- College Edition

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow 

Now that you’ve left your parents’ home and have the opportunity to create your own lifestyle at college, why not make it beneficial for you and the environment? Here are 10 ways to do just that:

1. Take class notes electronically

Don’t waste money and paper on buying notebooks, use your laptop or tablet for note taking instead!

2. Borrow instead of buying more

One of the perks of living so close to your friends is that you can share or swap clothes and other items instead of buying new ones.

3. Stop buying plastic water bottlesmulti-use_water_bottle 

Buy a reusable bottle and refill it as much as you can to stay hydrated. There will be water fountains and dining hall drink dispensers around campus for a quick refill. You also can purchase a water filter pitcher to keep in your fridge.

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The Great (Green) American Road Trip

By Kevin Pink, Customer Service & Marketing Assistant

It’s that time of year… School is getting out for the summer, families are loading up the cars, and the roads are soon road_trip_by_public_domain_pics-d5tisqito be packed with drivers participating in that grand American tradition: the road trip. Whether you’re crossing the continent, the country, or just the town line, we’ve got some tips to make your trip more environmentally friendly- and you may save some money, too!

Preparation

Plan your route. Plan ahead to make sure you’re taking the most efficient route. GPS and online mapping are ideal for this stage of the process. Also consider traffic and time your travel accordingly. For example, rush hour on a weekday might not be the best time to leave; try getting an early start to beat traffic. You’ll save gas (and money) by avoiding traffic jams.

Travel light. It’s no secret that when your car is lighter, it takes less gas to move it. Take anything you won’t need out of your trunk for the duration of your trip. When it comes to your luggage, take only what you think you’ll need and leave the rest of the closet at home. The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that an extra 100lbs in your car can result in a two percent reduction in fuel efficiency. Two percent may not seem like a lot, but over a long trip, it adds up. Drop that extra weight; you’ll put less carbon into the atmosphere and have to fill your gas tank less often!

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