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Archive of entries posted on July 2011

New Way to Reduce Energy Use

A month or so ago I was doing my laundry. Before putting my load into the dryer I had to take out a load of dry towels. I was in a hurry so not all of them made it out before I put my load of clothes in. Usually with a full load of laundry …read more

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25 Communities to receive grant for electric vehicle charging stations

Hopkinton, Newton and Brookline are nearby Green Communities among 25 Massachusetts cities and towns that will receive electric vehicle charging stations under a grant program announced last November. This program will benefit early adopters of electric vehicles, including mass-market cars like the new Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf. The Commonwealth and towns involved in the …read more

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Local Gym Exercises Environmental Ingenuity

“I have always thought that people come in here and during their workouts they create a lot of energy,” said Paul Romeo, the co-owner of KokoFit Club on Highland Ave. “How cool would it be if we could find a way to harness that energy and use it for power.” This resourceful environmental spirit is …read more

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Massachusetts Designated Green Communities

The ranks of Massachusetts Green Communities continues to grow. In July, 2011, 21 more communities were designated Massachusetts Green Communities after meeting the qualifications for the program. These communities will now be eligible to apply for an initial cash grant to support sustainability projects in their community. As of June, 2011, 95 communities have adopted …read more

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Another short window for appliance rebates starting July 28th

Another Massachusetts refrigerator and appliance rebate program begins on July 28th. As with last year’s appliance rebate program, funding is limited. So don’t miss this opportunity to get a $150 rebate on an energy-efficient refrigerator and $50 on an energy-efficient air conditioner. All the information you need to participate is at available at the Massachusetts …read more

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Save the Date – Needham Summit on Energy and the Environment

Needham Summit on Energy and the Environment what we have done……what we might do Monday, October 24, 2011 A collaboration of Olin College, Needham League of Women Voters, and Green Needham Massachusetts is a national leader in aggressively meeting multiple energy and environmental challenges. The Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 describes what …read more

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Lighting Efficiency

I heard the following on the NPR show Living on Earth this morning. I was particularly interest to learn that the amount of mercury in CFL’s is getting smaller over time. YOUNG: It’s Living on Earth, I’m Jeff Young. Republican leaders in the House of Representatives pushed their latest bright idea on energy – an …read more

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Energy Star “Most Efficient” products designation announced

With so many products now bearing the Energy Star label, wouldn’t it be helpful to be able to easily figure out which were the most efficient? Now you can do just that, with the announcement yesterday by the EPA of the new Energy Star “Most Efficient” product designation. Products that receive the Most Efficient designation …read more

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Clothing Neutral Consignment

Very few clothing stores can honestly say that they are “clothing neutral.” The Closet Exchange (all 4 of the Great Plain Ave. retail locations for that matter) is one of the few exceptions. In the spirit of humanitarianism and environmentalism, The Closet Exchange, a consignment-clothing store for women, is committed to not wasting any of …read more

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