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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16 free eco-living workshops
Feb24

16 free eco-living workshops

GREENFIELD — Interested in the Tesla Powerwall? How to keep bees or build rain barrels? Improve your home’s comfort while reducing your energy bills? Or how to get rebates and a 0 percent interest loan for the improvements? You can learn about all this and more at the Greening Greenfield’s EcoLiving workshops. Sixteen free workshops will be held at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce’s Better Greener Living Show, April 22-23, at the...

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Rare weasel  makes a comeback
Feb24

Rare weasel makes a comeback

Associated Press MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. — The elusive weasel-like mammal poked its head out of the wooden crate, glanced around and quickly darted into the thick forest of Mount Rainier National Park — returning to a landscape where it had been missing for seven decades. One by one, 10 Pacific fishers that had been trapped in British Columbia were set free at the park south of Seattle as part of a multiyear effort to...

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Freebie treasures
Feb24

Freebie treasures

Associated Press AUGUSTA, Maine — OK, I admit it. I pick up castoff gloves I find along the side of the road. You never know: These gloves that have blown out of the backs of pickup trucks can, if you’re patient, be useful. You just need to hold onto that lonely left until you can match it up with a nearly matching right. Sometimes you get lucky and find a pair straight off, which makes for a very satisfying day. My freebie treasures...

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Eco-friendly ways to save leftovers
Feb24

Eco-friendly ways to save leftovers

Associated Press If you’re worried about the environmental impact of that king-size roll of plastic wrap or that stack of disposable plastic tubs, here are some alternatives: Glass jars, stainless steel “The key to storing leftovers in an eco-friendly way is to use — and reuse — what you already own,” says Madeleine Somerville of Edmonton, Alberta, author of “All You Need Is Less: The Eco-Friendly Guide to Guilt-Free Green Living and...

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Winter rain, snow easing drought

Boston has seen almost two inches of rainfall this month and about eight inches of snow and the Worcester hills have seen almost as much of both. Despite the precipitation, a drought persists like the last Christmas decoration to go back into storage. The U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday reported that 8.59 percent of the state’s area is still experiencing an extreme drought — no change from last week but still 36.12 percent less than...

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