Mass Energy’s 7th Annual Clean Energy Festival

By Kevin Pink, Marketing & Development Specialist

Photo credit: Mass Energy Consumers Alliance

 

On July 23, 2017, we co-hosted a tour of the Berkshire East wind turbine and solar array with the Mass Energy Consumers Alliance! Berkshire East is the world’s first ski area to generate 100% of their electric need on site using clean energy. Berkshire East’s electricity comes from its 900kWh wind turbine and 500kWh solar facility.

It was a beautiful day for the event! Guests took a chairlift ride up the mountain, had a delicious lunch from Cliff’s Backyard BBQ, learned about the Berkshire East wind turbine, hiked over to the solar array, and then enjoyed Berkshire East’s Mountain Coaster or went zip-lining! Several guests also brought their electric vehicles for an EV showcase, all of which are available through Drive Green with Mass Energy.

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Reuse and Crafting at Hancock Shaker Village

Papermaking at the Hancock Shaker Village

The Center for EcoTechnology is thrilled to partner with Hancock Shaker Village to bring information about energy efficiency and waste reduction to their events and activities!

This past Friday we offered upcycling activities for children at the Village’s Free Fun Friday extravaganza. In one activity children repurposed tiles from our EcoBuilding Bargains reused build materials store into decorative coasters and trivets. We also offered a papermaking workshop, where kids made bookmarks out of recycled paper and pulped corn husks. About 150 children took home amazing tiles and bookmarks!

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New England Farm Energy Collaborative Summer Gathering

By Megan Denardo and Renee Stearns, Program Specialists

The anaerobic digestor at Barstow’s Longview Farm in South Hadley turns farm waste like manure into energy the farm can use.

On June 27th, members of New England Farm Energy Collaborative (NEFEC) met for their annual gathering. Those in attendance included representatives from the Massachusetts Farm Energy Program, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural resources, the Connecticut Farm Energy Program, Efficiency Vermont, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, the USDA’s Rural Development office, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Center for EcoTechnology.

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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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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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