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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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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How To Lower Your Energy Bills

How To Lower Your Energy Bills

Throughout this winter, residents across the Northeast have been experiencing high costs for their electric and gas bills. This rise in utility costs has led residents to turn down their thermostats, limit their electricity use, and do what they can to reduce their grocery purchases. Despite the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities’ mandate to reduce prices by about 4-5% for some gas customers, residents should still expect higher costs to continue throughout the season. Aside…
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ZeroCarbonMA’s Road To Decarbonization

ZeroCarbonMA’s Road To Decarbonization

“We know we need to electrify as quickly as possible,” Lisa Cunningham declared during MassEnergize’s Community of Practice meeting in January, “and our mission at ZeroCarbonMA is to facilitate that by building the political infrastructure to get us to that goal.” Cunningham is a co-founder of ZeroCarbonMA, an organization that develops electrification legislation for communities in the Boston area, as well as at the State level and beyond. In the fall of 2019, the team originally…
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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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