Where to Charge your Electric Vehicle in the Berkshires

By Morgan O’Connor, Sustainability Fellow

Berkshire Charging Stations

Interested in Electric Vehicles (EVs)? We wrote a blog last week about this great way to green your transportation, and all the places in the Pioneer Valley where you can charge your new, efficient car. We promised to also include Berkshire County charging stations, and here they are! Read more about EVs here, or visit Mass Energy’s Drive Green page.

Where to Charge:

Dalton

Hancock

Lee

Lenox

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Where to Charge your Electric Vehicle in the Pioneer Valley

By Morgan O’Connor, Sustainability Fellow

Electric vehicles are getting more impressive every year! By being able to hold a charge for longer and taking less time to recharge, electric vehicles (EVs) have become a practical alternative to traditional gas engines.

Map of Where to Charge in Pioneer Valley

EV charging stations are sweeping the nation with more being built every day. You can easily make your way around Massachusetts in an EV, and not just because it is a small state. For example, a Chevy Bolt (just one of many available EVs) can travel around 240 miles on a single charge! The map above shows the radius that a Bolt could go from Northampton before needing to be charged again. It would be easy to get to New York City, Philadelphia, or even Montreal. That means that your daily excursions to work and errands would be a breeze!

Where to Charge:

To see where you can charge around the Pioneer Valley, we’ve assembled this list of charging stations open to public use! If we missed any stations, please let us know and we will update the list!

Amherst, MA

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EcoBuilding Bargains Bash Recap

By Willow Cohn, Community Outreach and Education Fellow

This past Saturday, we hosted our annual EcoBuilding Bargains Bash! This public event was our way of celebrating spring, reuse, and waste reduction. Activities took place in the EcoBuilding Bargains lumber yard and throughout the store! Desite the gloomy and wet weather, we had a great turnout, with over 400 guests in attendance! DJ Kevin Legends did a phenomenal job playing music for us all to enjoy, and The Holyoke Hummus Company provided a wide verity of delicious Mediterranean food. We also displayed all of our Reuse Rockstar contestants, and guests could vote on their favorite project!

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What is the National Sword?

By Kevin Pink, Program Specialist

What is the National Sword?

You may have heard the phrases “national sword” or “green sword” in the news lately. It is a policy in China that has banned the importation of certain types of solid waste, as well as set strict contamination limits on recyclable materials. This means that China will not accept shipments that are mixed with trash, the wrong type of recyclable, or low-quality recyclables like greasy paper goods. The policy was announced in July 2017, and the ban officially began January 1, 2018. In addition to the bans, China is reducing the number of import licenses, meaning that fewer businesses will be able to import waste.

Why does it matter?

China has been the world’s biggest importer of waste for decades. China has imported paper, plastic, and scrap metal from other nations and processed these materials for reuse in the products they produce for export. However, the implementation of National Sword has reduced the rate at which these materials are imported. This has created significant logjams in the international recycling system, resulting in recycled material piling up at materials recycling facilities (MRFs) or worse, into landfills. This is effecting recycling efforts in the United States and abroad.

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Announcing: Solar Access | Affordable Home Heating

By Morgan O’Connor, High Performance Building EcoFellow

Solar Access Massachusetts family

Paulina is a participant in the Solar Access program. Here she is with her children outside their home.

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new program: Solar Access! With support from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Department of Energy Resources, we are able to offer affordable, renewable energy for your community.

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