Conservation and Community: Indigenous Land Management in Massachusetts

Conservation and Community: Indigenous Land Management in Massachusetts

Editor’s Note: The blog post below is by our Spring 2024 Community Engagement intern Jaelyn Carr. While MassEnergize does not focus on conservation, we think it’s crucial – as we pilot our new Environmental Justice initiative, Solar Para Todos – to look at and learn from the work of other EJ communities, and to view this history holistically. Indigenous conservation is at the foundation of environmental and sustainability work in our country, and as environmental…
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Solar Para Todos – Solar For All in Framingham, MA

Solar Para Todos – Solar For All in Framingham, MA

MassEnergize is excited to unveil its "Solar Para Todos" initiative, a collaboration with the Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University and Energize Framingham, designed to reduce the energy burden of Framingham's residents with the power of solar energy. This program aims to bridge the gap in clean energy access, focusing particularly on the Portuguese and Spanish-speaking communities.  Supported by a two-year grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Solar Para Todos aims to offer…
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Empowering Elders in the Face of Climate Change

Empowering Elders in the Face of Climate Change

Empowering Climate Resilience for Elders, a groundbreaking initiative at the forefront of tackling the escalating challenges of climate change within Metrowest communities, is making significant strides. Funded in part by a grant from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), and being implemented by MassEnergize, this project was conceived by Abigail Shute and Julie Gagen, the Sustainability Managers of the Towns of Wayland and Weston respectively.  MassEnergize was selected because of our extensive experience in working…
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Community Solar – The Basics

Community Solar – The Basics

What is Community Solar? When we think of solar panels, we usually imagine them sitting on top of residential rooftops. However, this is not always the case. Community solar (also known as ‘community shared solar’) reimagines where and how solar panels operate by allowing for a larger variety of demographics to support and benefit from solar energy. Community solar works by generating electricity at an offsite solar ‘farm’ or installation, and then allowing people to…
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Addressing an Equitable Transition to Electric Vehicles: Current Policies and Recommendations

Addressing an Equitable Transition to Electric Vehicles: Current Policies and Recommendations

As electric vehicles (EVs) become more popular and the US transitions away from fossil fueled transportation, bridging the income gap in EV ownership remains an important challenge. According to the City of Boston, only 8% of Boston EV owners have an annual income of less than $50,000 dollars. Given that EV’s are much cleaner and less expensive to drive, and given that air pollution disproportionally burdens low income communities in the U.S., it is important…
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5 Ways to Reduce your Carbon Footprint this Summer

5 Ways to Reduce your Carbon Footprint this Summer

During the summer, we all like to spend time with friends and family and take a break from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. Unfortunately, the summer months are also when our CO2 emissions are the highest. From long road trips, to the extreme use of air conditioning, we are all contributing to the billions of tons of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) Americans emit each year. While the problem is big, we can make…
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Should You Invest In An Electric Vehicle?

Should You Invest In An Electric Vehicle?

The need for more sustainable solutions in all aspects of our life has grown exponentially due to climate change. Among the strategies aimed at reducing our carbon footprint within the transportation sector, one particular solution stands out: electric vehicles (EVs). Transportation accounts for the largest portion of total US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at a staggering 29 percent. In fact, highway vehicles alone account for over 1.4 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year.…
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How Energy Coaching Can Help You

How Energy Coaching Can Help You

What is energy coaching? Taking your first steps to decarbonization can be daunting. With clean energy technology constantly advancing, it is difficult to stay up to date on all the right resources, not to mention learning how each type of technology operates. Luckily, there are people who can help. Many communities in the state have begun coaching programs geared towards assisting people with clean energy technologies like heat pumps, electric vehicles, and solar. Engaging an…
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How To Help Children Live Sustainably

How To Help Children Live Sustainably

As the threats of climate change become more apparent, the need for action does too. Parents, as well as community leaders, organizers, and teachers, share the responsibility for teaching children about the importance of climate action and the steps they can take to reduce their carbon footprint. An effective practice for this is to become an encouraging role model for your children to look up to. By showing children ways to be eco-friendly, you can…
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Can Going Solar Save You Money?

Can Going Solar Save You Money?

As the effects of climate change continue to be felt around the world, the decisions we make regarding our energy use have never been more urgent. As many are aware, fossil fuel energy is a major threat to our planet’s well-being. When fossil fuels are burned, they release dangerous amounts of carbon dioxide into the air, trapping heat into our atmosphere and ultimately leading to climate change. Though most households in America still use fossil…
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