Students rally for net-zero future
Feb13

Students rally for net-zero future

For Going GreenEvery generation experiences far-reaching issues. Responses to those issues always varies. At the Academy at Charlemont, a group of students has risen to the occasion by working with a local hub of the Sunrise Group. The Sunrise Group is national and has a focus on climate change. “For me, I have seen people be scared and emotional about climate change. It hadn’t affected me emotionally until recently,” said Aislyn...

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Trump administration weakens clean water protections
Feb13

Trump administration weakens clean water protections

Los Angeles TimesWASHINGTON — Defying environmentalists and public health advocates, the Trump administration on Jan. 23 announced the replacement of Obama-era water protections with a significantly weaker set of regulations that lifts limits on how much pollution can be dumped into small streams and wetlands.The changes to the Clean Water Act’s protections are expected to hit California and other Western states especially...

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Climate Conversations
Feb13

Climate Conversations

Special to Going GreenYou don’t have to be a psychologist to initiate positive, productive conversation about climate change, but it might help to think like one. On Nov. 13, Florence psychologist Joseph Silverman presented “Communicating about Climate Change: Talking to Those Who are Concerned (but Passive), Cautious, Disengaged, Doubtful, or Dismissive” to an engaged audience at the Western Mass Green Consortium’s monthly “Green...

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Be a borrower, not a buyer
Feb13

Be a borrower, not a buyer

Special to Going GreenEver buy a tool for a specific repair job and then never, ever use it again? Well, thanks to an ingenious collaboration between the town of Southwick’s department of public works and its public library, residents of that Hampden County town can now use their library cards to borrow from a communal selection of tools, rather than having to buy. This green idea happened when the DPW shared a purchasing grant for...

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Add a simple sunroom
Feb13

Add a simple sunroom

Dear Jim: I want a solar sunroom for inexpensive extra living space and to help heat our house. I would like to build a kit myself or make one from scratch. What things should I consider? — Rob L.DEAR ROB: A sunroom can provide wonderful living space for your family. Although it is typically less expensive per square foot to have a sunroom built as compared to a typical room addition, it still is not inexpensive.Many companies sell...

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Going solar in Hawley
Feb13

Going solar in Hawley

For Going Green My house went solar late last fall. I’m not militantly green, but I do believe in doing what I can to help the planet. I drive an energy-efficient car and try to combine trips in it whenever possible. I tend to don a sweater (or two!) instead of cranking up the heat in my house. I use the clothesline instead of the clothes dryer when the weather is favorable. And I am fierce about turning off any lights and appliances...

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