Friday, May 10, 2013
Want to make a real difference in the world? Consider one of these seven "green" careers that help protect -- and improve -- our planet. Provided by Jobs at AOL.
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Friday, May 10
The following story was provided by AOLJobs.com By Debra Auerbach for CareerBuilder Have you ever had an itch to quit your job and instead do work that makes a real difference in the world? In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we've compiled a list of seven jobs that help people live a better life – from the buildings they work and live in, to the energy that fuels their homes, to the air they breathe. 1. Conservation scientist: Conservation scientists are hired to help preserve and protect natural habitats. They usually work with landowners and federal, state and local governments to find the best ways to use and improve the land while conserving the environment.* 2. Energy auditor: When a building is cooled or heated, it uses energy. …
There are several options available for people who want to start clearing out their mailbox.
One good thing about bulk mail is that unlike its distant cousin, the telemarketer, it can’t wake you up or interrupt your dinner. But that said, it does have a way of clogging up your mailbox in any given week with lots of paper and not necessarily much else of interest. So what can you do about unwanted bulk mailings? You can head to the post office on Littleton Road or the satellite offices in Forge Village or Nabnasset and put yourself on the “Do Not Mail” list to go along with the “Do Not Call” list. The Federal Trade Commission has a page with various links for people to use, depending on what kind of mail they wish to stop receiving. For example, OptOutPreScreen.com, an official credit industry site, will allow you to stop receiving…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Here are some family activities you can do to foster environmentalism. Sponsored by Sony.
Very few events are celebrated around the globe, but Earth Day is. This year, it’s come and gone. But we’re here to ask: What can we do to show our love of the earth on that day, and every day? On May 31st, Sony will release After Earth, an action-packed movie that takes place 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity to leave. It’s the kind of scenario that makes you want to donate to Greenpeace, recycle everything, and start biking every where, immediately. So, in honor of Earth Day, Patch has teamed up with Sony to present these ideas for making every day Earth Day. How can we make every day Earth Day? Begin with little things. Easy things. Obvious things. Things we take for granted each day, and use and/or abuse because of …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Spring isn't quite here yet, weather-wise, but the calendar says it is.
If you've got a skier in the family, most likely they could be found cheering each and every time it snowed this winter. Same goes for other winter-sports enthusiasts. But I know there are plenty of people out there waiting for warmer weather. Spring has started, according to the calendar, however the latest half-foot of snow we received yesterday is not exactly indicative of an end to winter. But signs of spring have been in the air recently. Remember about a week and half ago when we had sunny days and temps around 50 degrees? Most snow from the previous storm melted, and it felt like perhaps spring was here. I saw people running errands without jackets, and there was that muddy smell of spring in the air. If anything, this week we …
Advocates come together to let legislators know the water system needs funding to stay sustainable.
Pop quiz: If people in the Eastern Massachusetts consumed 340 million gallons of water per day in the 1980s, how much do you think they consume today? 400 million? 500? More? Less? The answer, thanks to sustained but largely behind-the-scenes efforts of conservationists, is that area residents consume dramatically less water today than in the 1980s. Last year, greater Boston consumed 200 million gallons. "The great result is we've saved a whole bunch of precious drinking water, which is important to our residents and to the state that that conservation effort has been successful," Fred Laskey, executive director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. Laskey was one of many conservationists at the State House Friday as part of the…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Businesses don’t always think about including solar power as part of their financial strategies, but they should. Rising electric rates and falling prices for solar equipment along with incentives, rebates and tax breaks have made solar power an increasin
The utility recent announced its support for the group in the hopes of helping develop green technology.
This month National Grid announced that it will become a platinum sponsor of the 2013 Cleantech Open Northeast Business Competition and Accelerator Program, an inititiatve designed to help the development of innovative clean energy solutions. The program is run by the Northeast division of the Cleantech Open, a not-for-profit group that has helped 727 green energy startups raise over $800 million in capital since its founding in 2005. "The Cleantech Open has a very successful track record in helping companies develop their innovations through to investment and we’re thrilled to have a partner on board as dedicated to clean technology as National Grid is,” said Alexandra Adler, Northeast Regional Director, Cleantech Open. “This …
Friday, March 15, 2013
The commonwealth joins eight other states in restricting carbon dioxide emissions.
Massachusetts has signed an agreement with eight other states to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 90 million tons over the next six years. As part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – the nation’s first mandatory “cap-and-trade” program for carbon dioxide emissions – Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont are lowering the current cap on power plant emissions from the 165 to 91 million tons per year, starting in 2014. After 2020, the cap will continue to lower by 2.5 percent per year. “This is one of the largest greenhouse gas reduction measures that we have seen,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan. The RGGI Board of Directors …
Organic Lawn Care Presentation with Chip Osborne 9:30-10:30 AM
10:30 -12:00 Post Q & A including Westford Town Departments inc. Engineer Paul Starrett P.E., Water & Health.
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Thursday, March 14, 2013
A discussion on that topic is coming to town this weekend, but now we want your take.
A few miles away in Concord, the town has banned the sale of all bottled water, and a group of high school students in Arlington has brought an article to Town Meeting this spring proposing the same thing there as well. While there's currently no push for a comparable warrant article here in Westford that we're aware of, there is a discussion this Friday night at the First Parish Church United hosted by Sustainable Westford on the subject, and we wanted your take in the meantime. Should Westford ban bottled water? Do you feel that the water from Westford's taps is clean enough to drink? Even if you don't live near the impacted area in North Graniteville, did the perchlorate issue impact your views on Westford's water? Is water a shared …