MFEP Webinar Summary

Mountain View Farm in Easthampton, MA was awarded $30,000 through an MDAR grant to obtain their solar panels.

The Massachusetts Farm Energy Program (MFEP) is a joint project of the Center for EcoTechnology and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) that offers a range of services to Massachusetts farms to help them reduce energy use and produce renewable energy.

Staff from the MFEP recently hosted a webinar on the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants, and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Agricultural Energy Grants. The webinar covered:

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Library of Things: A Consumption Reduction Movement

By Jorge Guarin, Outreach and Education EcoFellow

The Library of Things movement has a single objective; continuing and expanding the work libraries have done for hundreds of years to provide open access to resources. The concept is quite simple: established libraries or other organizations offer the community easy access to a variety of tools, equipment, and recreational items. Like a traditional library, patrons check out what they need. Items include camping gear, musical instruments, niche technology items, and specialized cookware. This open access allows the community to explore, try, and use a large number of items without the need to buy or store them. These libraries are part of a bigger movement: the sharing economy.

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Celebrate Black History Month: The Progression of the Lightbulb!

Black History Month - Lewis Latimer

by Willow Cohn, Outreach & Education EcoFellow 

The Center for EcoTechnology is known for sharing information on the most efficient and cost-effective technologies available! This month, we celebrate Black History Month by honoring a brilliant engineer and inventor, Lewis Latimer, who invented new technology improving the lightbulb and led the way to a brighter future.

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The EcoFellow Experience: Jorge Guarin

Hola! My name is Jorge Guarin, and I am an EcoFellow at the Center for EcoTechnology. Most of my time at CET has been focused on community outreach and education; however, I have had the chance to be involved in a variety of projects. I graduated from The State University of New York, College of Environmental Science (SUNY-ESF) and Forestry in May 2017. I majored in Sustainable Energy Management and during my time at SUNY-ESF I acquired some experience in materials management; hence, CET was a perfect fit to put my education into action.




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The EcoFellow Experience: Willow Cohn

Hello! My name is Willow Cohn, and I am an EcoFellow at the Center for EcoTechnology. My primary role at CET focuses on Community Outreach and Education. In addition, I have had the opportunity to cross-train in many areas at CET including high performance building, food waste reduction, building science, and marketing.

I am a 2016 graduate of Siena Heights University, where I majored in Environmental Science with a minor in Biology. At Siena Heights I studied the science of the natural world and the connections that humans have to the environment. I have work experience in various sectors of the environmental field. I worked for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, The McDowell Environmental Center, and the Alaska Center for the Environment. I am passionate about the environmental field because I believe it holds a critical connection with many other fields and all aspects of life. As an environmentalist, my goal is to reduce human impact on the environment while being socially, culturally and ecologically just. I was attracted to CET because I felt my goals blended well with CET’s mission to promote technologies that have the least disruptive impact on the natural ecology of the Earth. I strongly believe in this mission and wanted to be part of an organization that was a pioneer in making instrumental change in the environment.

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