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Concrete getting pulled into state’s carbon battle
11-05-2023 8:27 AM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — As lawmakers look at regulating building and infrastructure materials in pursuit of the state’s emission reduction goals, the concrete industry wants to been seen as a partner, not a foe, in the effort to make Massachusetts greener.New York...

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Residents air concerns on clean energy, particularly solar siting, at Sunderland forum
04-02-2024 4:45 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — Residents and clean energy advocates recently got the chance to discuss all things energy with the top House member of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, with the siting of solar arrays holding particular...


Firefighters prep to meet ‘unique challenge’ as electrical vehicles gain popularity
04-01-2024 5:05 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Take a drive down Routes 5 and 10 and count the number of electric or hybrid vehicles you see. Compare those numbers to what you saw two years, five years or 10 years ago and you’re likely looking at a significant increase.Data from the Massachusetts...


Public comment sought on responsible clean energy development
03-14-2024 10:17 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

Residents have until Friday to submit their input regarding the process by which clean energy projects are permitted in Massachusetts.An online survey is soliciting public comment on how the state should protect health, safety and community livability...


MassDEP’s Clean Heat Standard poised to advance energy shift
02-27-2024 4:00 PM

By TANISHA BHAT

While many communities have made progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, many experts believe the next big step statewide will involve electrifying home heating systems, a process the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is...


Advocates back legislation seeking more local control on large-scale solar projects
11-19-2023 3:14 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

BOSTON — Local residents recently shared their opinions with the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government on proposed legislation that would allow for more local control over large-scale solar projects.S.1319/H.2082, “An Act Regarding...


Climate chief calls for Mass Save changes
11-12-2023 3:31 PM

By STELLA TANNENBAUM

Massachusetts’ efforts to meet its net-zero goals and measure up to neighboring states may mean an overhaul of energy efficiency program Mass Save, according to Climate Chief Melissa Hoffer’s recent report.The state’s Clean Energy and Climate Plan...


State research project aims to study bear population size, distribution
09-24-2023 3:44 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Experts say that if you encounter a bear it is important to immediately make yourself look big, talk very calmly and slowly back away.But after that, if you saw the carnivoran mammal in Massachusetts, you can go to bit.ly/3raabc8 to report the...


Solar biz celebrates 2,000th installation, energy independence for Sunderland housing complex
08-14-2023 10:44 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — With the flip of a switch, Sanderson Place’s solar array kicked on last Wednesday and set the senior housing facility on the road to energy independence.At the same time, the event marked Pioneer Valley Photovoltaics’ (PV Squared Solar)...


Proponent seeks support for statewide paint recycling program
06-04-2023 12:00 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

ASHFIELD — Inspired by a model being used in Clifton Park, New York, Dalton resident Tom Irwin is going across Massachusetts to drum up support for a bill that would create a statewide paint recycling program.The bill, H.823 and S.551, has been...


Whately seeks proposals for solar arrays at Town Offices
04-05-2023 1:59 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — To help Whately reduce its carbon footprint and save money in the process, the town has issued a request for proposals for a grant-funded solar array to be installed on the Town Offices’ roof.The town received a $300,000 Municipal...


Energy committees to work with Frontier to curb fossil fuel usage
02-20-2023 12:31 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In hopes of reducing Frontier Regional School’s reliance on fossil fuels, the Deerfield Energy Committee plans to rally its counterparts to work with the school on green planning.Two representatives of Deerfield’s Energy Committee...


Climate activists celebrate new leaders, highlight work ahead
01-11-2023 8:38 PM

By MARY BYRNE

On her fourth day in office on Wednesday, Climate Chief Melissa Hoffer joined legislators and climate activists from across the state, including many from western Massachusetts, who gathered to celebrate the efforts of the new administration and...


Columnist Peter Blood: Walking with my grandfather across New Hampshire
08-03-2017 5:13 PM

By PETER BLOOD

I spent a week last month walking across New Hampshire on a climate pilgrimage sponsored by New England Quakers. Friends in New England are united in our concern for what we see as the tremendous damage humans are doing to God’s creation.Twenty of us...


State grants to protect 3,600 acres in Hampshire County towns
06-05-2017 11:11 PM

Gazette Staff

BOSTON — Protecting nearly 2,000 acres in Shutesbury and Leverett, more than 1,000 acres in Westhampton and in excess of 600 acres in Plainfield are among four conservation projects getting state grants, according to an announcement from the...


Columnist Peter Ives: Making a statement about Mother Earth
04-18-2017 8:26 PM

By PETER IVES

It was while looking at the distant stars in the night sky that the book of Genesis became important to me. “In the beginning God created the heaven and earth and God said, ‘Let there be light.’ ”My favorite theologian Paul Tillich used to say, “When...


Paul M. Craig: Arguing about reality of climate change a distraction
04-17-2017 8:01 PM

Arguing climate change reality a distraction President Trump tells us climate change/global warming is a hoax. I wish I knew exactly what he means.After all, climate change melted away the glacial ice sheet that once covered the land that became his...


On Gardening: Cora Cascade vinca spreading color and happiness
08-04-2016 5:24 PM

By Norman Winter

The last time I reported on the Cora Cascade was in 2010; so much has changed with this trailing beauty, it’s now even better than we knew it then, so I thought I’d write an update. Cora Cascade vinca has been beating the brutal summers in...

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