Video Updates from Massachusetts!

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I'm currently in Massachusetts visiting family and friends.and finding lots of vegan grub! Of course there are reviews to come, but in the meantime I'm posting little video updates like these: video Massachusetts YouTube

Lots More Electric Vehicles Coming Soon to Massachusetts

Sierra Club Compass

Though there are no leaves on the trees yet, my home state of Massachusetts became a greener place to live this week. Governor Deval Patrick announced Thursday a rebate program that will provide state residents who purchase or lease an electric vehicle (EV) a rebate of up to $2,500 - an incentive that we in the Massachusetts Electric Vehicles Taskforce enthusiastically recommended. Photos by XhaoZhi Lim of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.


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A Clear Climate Choice in Massachusetts

Sierra Club Compass

  On Tuesday, Massachusetts voters will go to the polls to choose a candidate to fill the U.S. Now our Secretary of State, Kerry leaves behind an enduring legacy of service to our communities and the Commonwealth -- a legacy that it is vital the next Senator of Massachusetts carry on. Luckily, Massachusetts has just that candidate. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry. And their choice couldn’t be more important.

By 2035, all new cars sold in Massachusetts must be electric


Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has released a masterplan for the state that requires all cars produced and sold to be electric come 2035. The plan, dubbed Massachusetts 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap , looks at various factors that contribute to carbon pollution.

Move over, landfills — food scraps give Massachusetts biogas

Green (Living) Review

The state of Massachusetts is cracking down on food waste in a big way. Come Oct 1, any institution producing more than a ton of leftovers a week — think grocery stores, hotels, universities, nursing homes, and the like — won’t be able to send their discarded food to the landfill anymore.

Why Is Massachusetts So Behind in EV adoption?

Sierra Club Compass

More than 80,000 American drivers have purchased plug-in electric vehicles in the last couple of years, but only 900 of them are in my home state of Massachusetts. This week's Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Roundtable event, organized by the MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Conservation Law Foundation, set out to change that. Some of the other speakers pointed to what other states had done (and Massachusetts had not yet done) to incentive EVs.

In Massachusetts, Being "Green" Is About More than Words

Sierra Club Compass

In a debate on Tuesday, Massachusetts’ Republican Senate candidate Gabrial Gomez claimed to be a “green Republican” who looks down on those in his own party who “deny science.” The facts about Keystone XL are simple: it would create no new Massachusetts jobs, it would threaten the water supply for millions of Americans, and it would dump more climate-disrupting carbon pollution into our atmosphere than if you put 37 million more cars on the road or built 51 new coal plants.

Massachusetts Promotes Electric Vehicles in Three-City Tour

Sierra Club Compass

On Thursday, I joined Massachusetts energy and environmental agency leaders on a three-city tour promoting all of these topics. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner David Cash congratulated Somerville and said that the Somerville project is being supported by MassEVIP providing $2.5 million in incentives to Massachusetts public and private entities, including municipalities, state fleets, and universities acquiring EVs and charging stations.

Solar-powered Lowell Justice Center will be Massachusetts first LEED Platinum courthouse


Half-an-hour north of Boston, the Massachusetts city of Lowell has recently welcomed the new Lowell Justice Center, a modern facility on track to become the state’s first LEED Platinum-certified courthouse.

Massachusetts to become first US state to ban commercial food waste


Along these lines, the state of Massachusetts has become the first in the United States to implement a ban on the generation of commercial find waste that usually finds its way into landfills. Massachusetts proposes turning food waste into electricity. It’s estimated that Massachusetts produces about 1.4 The Massachusetts initiative is currently in the legislative process and officials are hopeful that the ban will slowly extend to residential homes in the future.

Homeowners in Massachusetts can sell back electricity

Green Life Smart Life

Homeowners in Mass are doing it. Selling back their electricity and at a decent rate! The only way homeowners can take advantage of this is by generating power on their own. They must do so by installing solar panels on their roofs or having wind turbines put on their property. Net metering is what it is called. If they generate more energy than they need on any given day or week property owners will need to submit an application so that they may begin to earn credits on their electricity bills.

27 Walmart stores in Massachusetts to produce 10.5 MW of energy with solar installations


Walmart already has turned solar in some locations to power part of its energy needs and in its latest initiative has decided to install photovoltaic panels at 27 of their 50 outlets in Massachusetts that will enable them to produce as much as 10.5 B.Sameer Kumar: Seems like the solar revolution is spreading across the globe at a rapid pace with regions that were previously not too ‘hot’ on solar power now turning towards this clean energy source.

Charming, energy-efficient cottages are inspired by barns in rural Massachusetts


Architect Grigori Fateyev from Art Forms Architecture has created a series of low-impact, sustainable cottages in the idyllic rural area of Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Almost 10 years ago, a developer purchased a plot of land in Massachusetts that had three timber greenhouses dating back to the 1940s. View post: Charming, energy-efficient cottages are inspired by barns in rural Massachusetts.

What Biden’s clean power plan would mean for solar energy


Assuming that utility-scale solar power requires roughly eight acres per megawatt, the expansion would require an area roughly as big as Massachusetts and New Jersey combined, Read more from the original source: What Biden’s clean power plan would mean for solar energy. Business Green area-roughly but-well deals-announced eight-acres expansion massachusetts per-megawatt renewable energy requires-roughly year

Lobby action speaks louder than words


Business Green about-their are-their deals-announced eight-acres government-affairs hard hurting-and massachusetts ready-for renewable energy supply-chains yearCEOs claim to be ready for a nature-positive world. But are their government affairs teams? View post: Lobby action speaks louder than words.

4 sustainability strategy questions food companies should be asking


Business Green about-their deals-announced eight-acres expansion hard hard-questions hurting-and massachusetts renewable energy supply supply-chains yearFood companies need to start asking themselves the hard questions about their supply chains like who is it helping and hurting and how can it change. Read more here: 4 sustainability strategy questions food companies should be asking.

TripAdvisor’s 10 best green hotels in the U.S.

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Boston/Cambridge California Fayetteville Florida Lake Tahoe Las Vegas Lecanto Massachusetts Miami Miles City Montana Napa Nevada Newberg North America North Carolina Oregon Park City Placer The Americas United States Utah 10 best green hotels U.S. The winners span the gamut from budget to ultra-luxury, but all have "Platinum" ranking and great traveler reviews TripAdvisor’s 10 best green hotels in the U.S. is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

Hotels charge you (for free)

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Eating Local: A Lesson in Berry Picking

Cool Green Science

Strawberry season is short in my home state of Massachusetts , so when it does come around we try not to miss it. Featured Post 1 Food Kids United States berry farm berry picking berry picking massachusetts children and nature children nature farmers fruits green children kids and nature kids get outside local food Massachusetts organic farming organic food parenting strawberry Look at this one…it’s amazing !”.

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Massachusetts Governor Firms Up Ties With Israel's Cleantech.

Green Prophet

During a ten day trip that commenced in Israel on March 7th, delegates of The Massachusetts Innovation Economy Partnership Mission 2011 are meeting with Israeli and UK business leaders and government officials. Governor Deval Patrick kicked off the tour with a forum held this past Tuesday at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herziliya, where he expressed his hopes to strengthen an already solid relationship between Israel and Massachusetts.

Top 20 greenest schools in America 2021


Schools in the eastern portion of the United States also represented well, placing in nine of the top 20 spots across campuses in New York , Connecticut, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maine and District of Columbia. Eco Green architecture california food massachusetts schools sierra sierra club united states universitySierra Club is America’s largest grassroots environmental organization with a membership around 3.5 million.

New Study: Coastal Nature Reduces Risk from Storm Impacts for 1.3 Million U.S. Residents

Nature Conservancy - Science

New Jersey and Massachusetts rank just behind those states in both categories. Storm, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Image credit: Jorge Rodriguez /Flickr through a Creative Commons license. Bob Lalasz directs science communications for The Nature Conservancy. Katrina, Sandy, Andrew: iconic names….and and indelible examples of how nature can kill and destroy. But could nature actually help reduce our risk from…nature?

Award-winning school and community complex achieves Net Zero Emissions


Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex recently won a coveted honor in the sustainable design category from the 2020 Boston Society for Architecture Design Awards.

Secret to Weathering Climate Change Lies at Our Feet

Environmental News Network

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently discovered that the ability of agricultural grasses to withstand drought is directly related to the health of the microbial community living on their stems, leaves and seeds.

Good Apparel’s Hemp Chambray ‘Coastal Canadian Tuxedo’ is Our Summer Ecofashion Fave!

Eco Chic

Fair Fashion cape cod chambray earth day ecofashion ethicalfashion Fashion hemp made in massachusetts Massachusetts recycled polyester separatesYou can probably see from these images of their new chambray line , why exactly we are in LOVE with Cape-Cod based, all-women-run Good Clothing Company. So of course we wanted to know more about them, their inspirations, and what kinds of materials they use—not to mention how they are bucking the fashion system in their own unique way.

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Berkshire Residence targets Passive House standards


Built by Massachusetts company Kent Hicks Construction , the home blends traditional New England construction with sustainable and cutting-edge building science principles to ensure the home’s longevity and to meet Passive House Institute standards.

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Chasing Cod: Tracking a Fish to Save an Industry

Nature Conservancy - Science

Jeff Kneebone, a marine biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, releases a freshly-tagged Atlantic cod into Massachusetts Bay. McGuire, marine program director for the The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts, has spent the New England winter leading an effort to surgically implant 150 spawning cod with electronic tags – technology that he describes as an “E-ZPass for fish” — in hopes of better understanding the behavior of this famed and fragile fish. “We

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Do we really need to mine the deep seas to power EVs?


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The Green Buzz: Thursday, June 20

Cool Green Science

Trust me, if you’re from Massachusetts, Maryland or New York, you’re going to like today’s green news. Environmental News Fish Insects The Green Buzz United States batteries bluefin tuna cancer cancer cure Clean Technica daily news fishing spiders green news longline fishing Massachusetts mating habits National Geographic NY Times rats solar power spiders Treehugger wood batteries

Harmful algal blooms release "Very Fast Death Factor" into air


The study was conducted on a pond in Massachusetts after scientists suspected that the toxin, produced by cyanobacteria and found in harmful algal blooms, could spread into the air. Eco Green algae algae bloom animals areas-on-earth earth global-warming- health hotel massachusetts nature-as-well noaa urban water

Quote of the Day (and in the running for quote of the year)

Environmental Economics

Ed Markey, Democrat from Massachusetts, had this to say: “I rise in opposition to a bill that repeals the scientific finding that pollution is harming our people and our planet.

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Topsoil is disappearing from Midwest farms


Evan Thaler, a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst who worked on the study, acknowledged that their estimates are at odds with those published by the U.S. Business Eco Green agriculture massachusetts soil soil-scientists study think-the-usda till-the-land usdaAlmost one-third of crop-growing land in the upper Midwest is now devoid of its most fertile topsoil, says a controversial new study.

DuoSkin smart tattoos turn your skin into a touchpad

Green Prophet

Design Massachusetts Institute of Technology temporary tattoos wearable techMash-ups of tech with temporary tattoos are not new. Versions are currently used to measure blood alcohol levels and detect exposure to ultraviolet rays. Designers from MIT Media Lab have teamed with Microsoft Research on a project to develop “smart tats” able to interface with remote technology. They can also report on their users health and environment, essentially turning human skin into a gadget.

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A New Tradition for the Fourth

Cool Green Science

My husband John and I pack up our two kids, some chairs, snacks and a camera and make the drive to Needham, Massachusetts for the town’s annual parade. Featured Post 1 Green Living Kids United States 4th of july Americans BBQ berry farm berry picking bucket list camping children conservation is patriotic fourth of july get outside green 4th of July green community independence day Kerry Crisley kids kids and nature Massachusetts patriotic this land is your land volunteer

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The Coastal Northeastern US is a Global Warming Hotspot; 2?C of Summer Warming Has Already Occurred

Environmental News Network

New research, led by the University of Massachusetts Amherst reveals, for the first time, not only that the coastal Northeast—from Maine to Delaware—is heating faster than most regions of North America, but that this heating is linked to drastic alterations in the ocean and atmospheric conditions over the North Atlantic.

Southern NV Water Authority wants to ban useless grass


Eco Green a-possible-100 a-water-policy article california climate change green-mountain information lawn marijuana massachusetts united states water conservation water-authorityDoes a city that went a record 240 days without rainfall in 2020 really need to water ornamental grass? More and more, Las Vegas residents are saying no. Now, it may be the first U.S. city to ban nonfunctional turf.

An airy multigenerational home shows adaptive reuse done right


Eco Green areas-on-earth australia austria chile farmhouse health home local massachusetts renovation rural architecture solar hot water system timber construction wood woolVienna-based architecture firm OEOOO has transformed and expanded a disused farmhouse into the Hehl Tenne House, a warm and inviting multigenerational home wrapped in timber inside and out.

Carbon Dissolved in Arctic Rivers Affects our World - Here's How to Study it

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Solar-powered Harvard ArtLab to meet net-zero energy targets


Located on Harvard University’s Allston campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Harvard Artlab is an adaptable space with a design that takes inspiration from its industrial surroundings. Related: Harvard unveils Snøhetta-designed HouseZero for sustainable, plus-energy living Built to meet Massachusett’s high energy efficiency standards, the solar-powered Harvard Artlab was built using insulated glass and polycarbonate panels that range from transparent to translucent to opaque.

Seven Billion and Counting: Population and the Planet

Nature Conservancy - Science

A panel of four leading thinkers on conservation, population, and development tackled these and many other questions in a wide ranging conversation — 7 Billion and Counting: Population and the Planet — hosted by the Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts on April 28. People and Conservation Climate Change health Massachusetts population Friends and supporters gathered at a reception before the “Future of Nature” panel discussion on population and conservation in Boston.

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The Green Buzz: Wednesday, June 26

Cool Green Science

Massachusetts could be the first state to adopt a carbon tax. We’ve got green news on Obama’s climate speech, a massive dead zone in the Gulf and the last Exxon Valdez victim. Obama laid out his plan to combat climate change on a sweltering day in DC, no less. ( MNN ). Gasoline party? Grist ). New bird species discovered in Cambodia! ( BBC News ). All of the rain in the Midwest + massive amounts of fertilizer run-off = biggest dead zone ever for the Gulf. National Geographic ).

Eco-friendly house uses only 19% of the energy it creates


Lexington, Massachusetts is known for its historical landmarks, but now the city is also home to a powerhouse of energy-efficient design. Eco Green a-sports-center architecture energy home interior massachusetts post-format-gallery solar power sustainable city zero-energy

1 million minks culled in Spain, the Netherlands


Green a-small-carbon animals award-winning chicago-tribune culling massachusetts minks organization pakistan widespreadMore than 1 million minks have been killed on farms in Spain and the Netherlands due to an outbreak of coronavirus among the furry animals. According to the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, there has been coronavirus outbreaks on 26 and counting Dutch mink farms.