Finally on the Road to a Decarbonized U.S.?

I am very hopeful that the U.S. will finally make some progress in addressing climate change in 2023. There are fundamental market shifts coming into play in our energy world. The last time we saw these kinds of shifts 10-15 years ago, in the intervening years New England has been able to keep our electricity demand constant due to substantial investments in energy efficiency, and we have seen incredible growth in the solar market, the…
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Community Profile – Fairmont Indigo Collaborative, Boston MA

Community Profile – Fairmont Indigo Collaborative, Boston MA

The Fairmount Indigo CDC Collaborative (FICC) is a group of three community development corporations (CDCs) in Boston whose environmental justice communities are served by the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line: Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, and Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation. FICC's collective mission is to strengthen vibrant, sustainable neighborhoods united by this rail line. The Collaborative's work revolves around bringing climate justice and health equity to the Fairmount corridor through…
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Welcome to Nathan Kumar Scott, Our New Executive Director

We are so excited to welcome our new Executive Director, Nathan Kumar Scott. Nathan comes to MassEnergize with a career in nonprofit leadership, having spent close to 20 years as the Executive Director of a variety of organizations focused on climate change, sustainability, and experiential education.  Most recently Nathan was the Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Schuyler County, NY, where he oversaw the development of programs in climate stewardship, both residential and municipal…
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Introducing the Summer of 2022 Community Engagement Interns!

Introducing the Summer of 2022 Community Engagement Interns!

Written by Makayla, Marina and Gina Hi everyone! We are the 2022 MassEnergize Community Engagement interns for this summer: Marina, Makayla, and Gina! (We are not super photogenic over Zoom, but then again, who is?) Marina is a rising sophomore at Tufts University in Medford, but she is working remotely with us from Brazil. As a sailor of ten years, Marina grew up surrounded by water sites. However, in the last few years, she began…
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Using Social Media for your Climate Outreach

By MassE Intern Gabe Rosenbloom How often do you use social media? Well, I guess “use” is a funny word. Instead of “using” social media in the form of posting, I often find myself spending time on social media gazing at what others have posted. Whether it’s my own OCD or the beauty of what social media can do, I always feel compelled to go through everything I have missed from the prior day. Although,…
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Revamped Mass Save Incentives for 2022

At our March communities meeting, Mass Save representatives presented on the completely revamped Mass Save energy efficiency incentive programs for 2022. As a reminder, communities served by National Grid, Eversource, Cape Light Compact, Unitil, Liberty and Berkshire Gas all pay into a fund that is used by the Mass Save program to fund energy efficiency. Our partner communities served by a Municipal Light Plants have energy efficiency services that vary - from the innovators to…
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Hooray for Concord’s Ag Fair and Locally Grown Tomatoes!

September is a hectic month, with school and work picking up after a too-short summer, but one thing I always look forward to is the annual farmer’s market celebrating our local farms.  Main Street is closed to traffic for a few hours on a Saturday in order to showcase and sell the best locally grown produce.  Getting to see familiar and new faces and partake in great conversations is always part of the scene.  I…
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Partner of the 2021 Regenerative Communities Summit

Partner of the 2021 Regenerative Communities Summit

Aside from volunteering for MassEnergize, our co-founder Kaat Vander Straeten also volunteers for Transition US, the US arm of the international Transition Network. She serves as a member of the Transition US Collaborative Design Council, as the facilitator for the Local Initiatives Working Group, and as a member of the Summit Program Working Group. The latter organizes the ambitious 2021 Summit,  the Regenerative Communities Summit, which will happen from Friday, September 24th through Sunday, October…
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Partnership with All In Energy

Partnership with All In Energy

We are so excited to announce our new partnership with  All in Energy, a nonprofit committed to accelerating an inclusive clean energy economy. This partnerhsip will help our communities to roll out new campaigns promoting Mass Save energy audits and a range of climate actions. One of our goals is to help our community partners to try new approaches that ensure every household completes an energy audit and takes the steps to insulate their home. We…
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Update on our Commitment to Environmental Justice

MassEnergize is taking steps to ensure that we are not perpetuating inequity and environmental injustice in our work and that we are actively working to achieve greater equity. We wish to bring the voices of disadvantaged communities into our thinking, conversations and work. To that end, we committed two full-time 2021 summer internships specifically to this effort. We were fortunate enough to recruit Jacob Abeka and Tina Zheng to engage in this work. Tina Zheng…
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