How to Increase Your Car’s Fuel Efficiency

By Morgan O’Connor, Marketing & High Performance Building EcoFellow

Fuel Efficiency Oil Change

The EPA cites the transportation industry as the second largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in the U.S. at 27% of all emissions, second only to electricity production at 29%. Although this statistic includes commercial airplanes, ships, trains, and freight trucks, the largest contributors are the cars that we use every day.

There are varying levels of action that we can take in order to make our commute as sustainable as possible.

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Drive Green with Mass Energy’s Electric Vehicle Discount Program!

By Willow Cohn, Outreach and Education EcoFellow

Have you been considering buying an electric vehicle (EV)? Well, now is the right time! In November 2016, Mass Energy launched
Drive Green, a limited-time electric vehicle discount program aiming to make choosing an EV easier. Mass Energy designed the program to include affordable, available, practical electric and plug-in hybrid electric cars. Anyone can participate and receive a discount to purchase or lease an EV at participating dealers. Drive Green is modeled after similar successful programs in Colorado and Utah and is an extension of buyers’ groups for energy consumers that Mass Energy has operated since 1982. Mass Energy is a Boston-based nonprofit working to harness the collective power of energy consumers to speed the transition to a low-carbon future. You can learn more about their programs here.

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10 Easy, Green New Year’s Resolutions!

By: Shelby Kuenzli, Digital Marketing EcoFellow

It’s a new year! As everyone is setting their goals for 2018, here are a few easy and green New Year’s resolutions that can help you make an impact on the environment!

 

 

 

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Is Your Christmas Tree Sustainable?

By Morgan O’Connor, Marketing and High Performance Building EcoFellow

Christmas TreeThis is a question we hear a lot this time of year. People often divide into two camps – artificial trees and living trees. There are a lot of factors that go into why someone chooses one over the other, some people have always grown up with living trees, others prefer the convenience of artificial trees, both of which are valid reasons, but it is important to clear up any misconceptions around which is more sustainable.

For the most part, choosing a real tree is better for the environment. It may be hard to reconcile this fact as you cut down a tree every year at the start of the Christmas season, but if you walked through the life cycle of an artificial tree it would be clear why. Artificial trees are commonly made of PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, which is listed as a carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program.

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EcoFellows Graduate from C2C Program at Bard College

By Shelby Kuenzli, Digital Marketing EcoFellow

This past week, four of the EcoFellows participated in the Bard College C2C Fellows Network program. This is a national program for undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring for leadership positions in sustainable policy, politics and business. This two-and-a-half-day conference provided a great opportunity for us to learn about potential sustainability career paths we can take as well as network with other young environmental professionals.

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