New posters imagine National Parks in 2050: It’s not pretty
May10

New posters imagine National Parks in 2050: It’s not pretty

Associated Press National parks are at the front lines of climate change. The creep of change is playing out in places that Americans have set aside to be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations. A new poster series takes the landscapes that have inspired countless road trips and daydreams of summer vacation and imagines what they’ll look like in 2050 if climate change is allowed to continue unchecked. Hannah Rothstein, a...

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Marie Paynter:Art of Upcycling
May10

Marie Paynter:Art of Upcycling

Special to Going Green Marie Paynter of Longmeadow often has outdated furniture on her front porch, but that’s her business. Owner of “Chick, Picked & Paynted,” Paynter is an artist and furniture upcycler who is saving the planet one gnarly, dump-destined coffee table at a time. “I try to use unconventional materials in creative ways,” said Paynter, a former psychology student with an analogous passion for creating art out of...

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Dishwashers have come a long way
May10

Dishwashers have come a long way

Dear Jim: I am looking for a new dishwasher. My very old one is noisy, has only two cycle settings and does not clean well. What features should I look for in a new efficient model? —Kathy K. Dear Kathy: Even the least expensive new dishwasher will be more efficient and quieter than your old one. As with most appliances, if you do not want to do much research on a product, just select one which meets EnergyStar standards...

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Where to buy local meat
Feb24

Where to buy local meat

Amherst Brookfield Farm Simple Gifts Farm Ashfield DewGreen Farm Belchertown Austin Brothers Valley Farm Brimfield River Rock Farm Conway Chestnut Lot Farm Natural Roots Farm Deerfield, S. Deerfield Roaming Farm Gill Upinngill Greenfield Bostrom Farm Greenfield Community Farm at Just Roots Foster’s Supermarket Green Fields Market Hardwick Stillman Quality Meats, LLC Hatfield Prospect Meadow Farm Huntington Gray Dog’s Farm...

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No such thing as ‘green’ nuclear power
Feb24

No such thing as ‘green’ nuclear power

Here in the Pioneer Valley we live within a circle of five operating, decommissioning, or decommissioned nuclear power facilities and a nuclear submarine base. Radioactive materials are extremely dangerous and extremely long lived. For our safety and the safety of future generations, we need to be informed about nuclear power and the waste created from its mining and its use. Of course, there are nuclear facilities all over the world...

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LED lighting upgrade keeps newspaper bright and green
Feb24

LED lighting upgrade keeps newspaper bright and green

Going Green editor NORTHAMPTON — A recently completed retrofit of the lighting at the Daily Hampshire Gazette headquarters on Conz Street is the kind of project any business owner could love: it’s cost-neutral, pays for itself in two years, saves money thereafter and enhances the workplace ambiance. Publisher Mike Rifanburg took advantage of a utility-incentivized upgrade to bring LED lighting to the Gazette. “When it comes to...

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