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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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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Speaker Forum: What Can You Do About Climate Change?

Announcing a New Speaker Forum: What Can You Do About Climate Change?

Amherst, MA – Even as Washington, D.C., steps back from dealing with climate change, the Center for EcoTechnology and its partners are moving forward to help people and businesses take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

For the past 40 years, the Center for EcoTechnology, a nonprofit based in Northampton, has helped people and businesses save energy and reduce waste, resulting in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the local environment. CET’s new speaker forum, “What Can You do about Climate Change?,” is set for this Saturday, June 10, 1-4:30pm at Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West St, Amherst, Mass. The event is free and open to the public.

The Speaker Forum will feature local environmental leaders Ezra Markowitz, Nancy Nylen, and Solomon Goldstein-Rose. These speakers will discuss innovative and tangible solutions to the various challenges associated with climate change through psychological, political and community-based strategies. This event aims to bring people together to talk about climate change and what people can do about it in their daily lives.

Join us in learning from Ezra Markowitz, an Assistant Professor of Environmental Decision-Making, as he provides insights from the behavioral sciences. He will be speaking on promoting pro-environmental behavior while maintaining choice. Markowitz states that “We can use the insights into human decision-making offered by the behavioral sciences to significantly improve the efficacy of efforts aimed at improving the everyday environmental choices we all make.” Markowitz will discuss four decades of research by psychologists and economists that reveal insights into behavioral shifts towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly choices. He will also highlight key considerations and strategies that can be used to support better environmental decision-making.

Mr. Markowitz works in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research and teaching focus on the intersection of decision-making, persuasive communication, public engagement with science and environmental sustainability. He is the author of over 20 peer-reviewed research papers, book chapters, and reports, including the 2015 Connecting on Climate guide to climate change communication (written in collaboration with colleagues at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions and ecoAmerica). At UMass Amherst, Markowitz teaches courses on Environmental Decision-Making, Conservation Social Science, and Public Engagement and Communication for Scientists.

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