Spring Clean Your House: Reuse and Recycle Your Old Furniture!

By Avery Cross, Green Business Fellow

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According to the EPA, approximately 8.5 million tons of furniture waste is sent to landfills each year, even though many of these items are still usable, either as parts or as a whole. With limited landfill capacity – that’s an incredible waste of space! Additionally, throwing out furniture for disposal demands more energy and resources as new furniture is produced and transported to replace it – emitting associated greenhouse gasses in the process. Rather than sending unwanted furniture to the landfill, we can reuse and recycle it.

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Celebrate Earth Month with CET

By Willow Cohn, Community Outreach and Education Fellow

Have you been wondering what events to attend to celebrate Earth Month? Well, wonder no more! CET’s Outreach Team will be attending these great events below. We will be discussing many of our programs including: how to go green with a no-cost home energy assessment, how to start investing in local, renewable energy, tips on starting you own composting system, and great Electric Vehicle rebate programs, just to name a few. Every sustainable action counts! Happy Earth Month!

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What is the Zero Waste Lifestyle?

Go Zero Waste with a Reusable Water BottleBy Morgan O’Connor, Marketing & High Performance Building EcoFellow

Zero Waste is a movement to reduce the amount one consumes and consequently throws away. Adopting a Zero Waste lifestyle is one of the most sustainable ways of living. Zero Waste lifestyle choices influence all environmental areas by preventing resource extraction, reducing the amount of materials sent to the landfill or incinerator, and reducing pollution from producing, transporting, or disposing of materials.

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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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