Federal Funds for Diversion of Food Waste in Connecticut

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November 18, 2016

For Further Information:

Lorenzo Macaluso, CET, 413-218-1543

Dennis Schain, DEEP, 860-424-3110

 

Federal Funds for Diversion of Food Waste

Will Help Reduce Volume of Trash

Increase food donations is one of focuses – especially at holiday time

For many people in Connecticut, Thanksgiving is a time of family gatherings and enjoyable eating. It’s also a time when donations flood in from food rescue organizations to food pantries and soup kitchens, to ensure that the state’s hungriest people get warm, nutritious meals.

While Thanksgiving may put the spotlight on food insecurity, nearly half a million people in Connecticut, (according to the Connecticut Food Bank) including more than 140,000 children, do not have consistent access to adequate amounts of food year-around.

Meanwhile, nearly 520,000 tons of food waste is generated in Connecticut each year, some of which could be donated to feed people. Diversion from disposal of food waste in the State, be it by reduction of such waste in the first place, by donation to feed people or animals, or by composting and anaerobic digestion, is a priority noted in the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection’s (DEEP’s) recently adopted Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy (CMMS).

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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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Support Renewable Energy Today!

By Aliza Heeren, Marketing/Green Homes Fellow and Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow

Are you interested in supporting renewable energy, but don’t have the resources to install your own solar panels? Do you live too far away from a wind turbine? We have the perfect solutions for you! New England Green Start and New England Wind are programs available through Mass Energy, which allow you to ‘green’ your energy by making an easy change right on your electric bill!

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Here’s how it works- Massachusetts residents have the right to choose their energy supply. If you are a customer of National Grid or Eversource, you have the choice to have your energy come from renewable sources such as wind, solar, and low-impact hydro through New England GreenStart and from 100% Massachusetts wind power through New England Wind

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Opening of The Hitchcock Center for the Environment

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow

Set in the beautiful landscape of Amherst, Massachusetts sits the newly created Hitchcock Center for the Environment. This living building is designed to model systems in nature, and is a net zero energy and water building, meaning that the building produces enough renewable energy and water to meet its own annual consumption requirements. This structure was made from non-toxic materials and contains composting toilets, rain water harvesting abilities, highly efficient lighting fixtures, and a rooftop solar array. This center incorporates state-of-the-art classrooms, outdoor teaching spaces, and easily accessible trails to create the perfect arena for educational programs.

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                                                    Photo from http://www.hitchcockcenter.org/

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GoGreen Mailbag: Solar Electricity

From time to time, we receive several inquiries about the same topic. We’ll try to address those topics in a brief, practical way in this ongoing series we call the Go Green Mailbag. This time, we discuss solar electricity.

Q: How does solar electricity work? What are the benefits of using solar electricity? How can I get my own solar power system?

How does solar electricity work?

The sun has always been an important source of heat and light for us. Now we also have technology to convert the sun’s light into electricity using solar cells called photovoltaic (PV) cells – photon meaning light and voltaic referring to electricity. PV cells are made of semiconductor materials, such as silicon, to generate direct current (DC) electricity. PV cells can be packaged into solar panels and installed on a rooftop or pole or a ground-mounted system to provide power for our homes and businesses. Since most of our homes and businesses are connected to the electric grid and use alternating current (AC), an inverter is generally required to convert DC to AC electricity to run our lights, appliances and other electrical devices. For more detail about how solar PV works, check out:

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