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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