MA Teachers, Students, and Parents: Register for the GREEN TEAM!

Calling all students, teachers, and parents of Massachusetts! GREEN TEAM registration for the 2017-2018 school year is now open.

The GREEN TEAM is a state-wide environmental education initiative, sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The GREEN TEAM offers fun and interactive educational programming, and provides the tools for students and teachers to learn more about how to address key issues of environmental sustainability! The GREEN TEAM provides teachers with lesson plans and activities aligned with current Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Curriculum Frameworks, including:

  • Science and Technology/Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • English Language Arts
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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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Peter Hofman Earns Center for EcoTechnology’s Local Environmental Leadership Award

 

 

 

*For Immediate Release*

Contact: John Majercak, Center for EcoTechnology President, 413-586-7350 x228

Peter Hofman Earns Center for EcoTechnology’s
Local Environmental Leadership Award
Lee Resident Receives 2017 Alan Silverstein and Laura Dubester Award for Community Environmental Leadership

 

5/18/17 Pittsfield, MA – Peter Hofman, chair of the Town of Lee Greener Gateways Committee, of Lee, Mass., has received the 2017 Alan Silverstein and Laura Dubester Award for Community Environmental Leadership from the Center for EcoTechnology.

Hofman chairs the Lee Greener Gateways Committee, and has been an active member since he and his wife, Phyllis, moved to the Berkshires in late 2013. John Majercak, CET’s President, presented Hofman the award today at the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce Networking Before Nine event in Great Barrington. The award is named after Silverstein and Dubester, who served as co-directors of CET for 22 years until they retired in 2010. Dubester joined CET in 1977 and Silverstein in 1978. They became co-directors of the organization in 1988. Silverstein passed away in 2014.

The award is given by CET to a local citizen who is working in his or her community to benefit the local environment with a focus on reducing the harmful impacts that humans can have on the environment, and the positive steps that people can take at home, work, and in their communities that help protect the environment, improve quality of life, and build community.

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The EcoFellow Experience: Recycling in Action

By Matt Brodeur, Green Business Services EcoFellow

Photos by Ben Coe, Program Support Specialist

Have you ever wondered where your recyclables go after they get picked up from the curbside or you drop them off at the transfer station? The EcoFellows and other CET staff had the opportunity to see the next step of the recycling process in action at the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), where most of Western Massachusetts sends its recyclables. MRFs sort the contents of your recycling bins into different categories such as cardboard, #1 plastic (PET), and aluminum. Then, manufacturers purchase the recycled materials to create new products. For example, #1 plastic soda bottles can be recycled and remanufactured to create polyester clothing!

Recycling MRF

A bale of recycled paper ready to be trucked away to be made into next week’s newspapers.

The Springfield MRF, owned by MassDEP and operated by Waste Management, has been sorting and selling the recyclables of Western Mass since it started up its conveyor belts in 1990. The tour of the MRF was a window into the colossal U.S. recycling industry which generates nearly $100 billion in economic activity each year.

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Greening Your New Year’s Party

Your Guide to a Green New Year’s Party

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow

Follow this guide to throw a fun and sustainable New Year’s party while also saving money and reducing waste!

  • Invitations: Be sustainable from the start by sending your guests paperless invitations! You can easily create a Facebook event or design an electronic invitation that you can email, but will looks just as fancy as a paper one.
  • Decorating: When setting up your festive space, decorate sustainably by having soy or beeswax candles, strings of LED lights hung around the room, festive flowers or plants, and an organic edible fruit basket centerpiece! You can also make your own confetti out of old magazines and newspapers to throw when the clock strikes 12.
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