13 towns join electricity aggregation program
Jul02

13 towns join electricity aggregation program

A dozen Franklin County communities and the town of Huntington have joined together to develop municipal electricity programs with the goal of combating climate change and increasing renewable energy use in Massachusetts.The 13 towns recently entered into a 41-month contract with municipal energy consultant Colonial Power Group to develop and manage the Community Choice Power Supply Program, and with Dynegy Energy Services to supply...

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Eight towns developing pollinator action plans with FRCOG
Jun15

Eight towns developing pollinator action plans with FRCOG

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) is working with eight towns to establish a Regional Pollinator Habitat Action Plan, the first of its kind in the state, to encourage towns to think about pollinators as they consider municipal infrastructure projects.Those eight Pollinator Corridor Towns — Greenfield, Heath, Shelburne, Conway, Bernardston, Montague, Wendell and Orange — are working with FRCOG to create pollinator...

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Audit faults lag in DEP reporting on water quality
Jun15

Audit faults lag in DEP reporting on water quality

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection failed to provide the public and the federal government with information about water quality in a timely manner and fell short in its oversight of toxic substances, Auditor Suzanne Bump’s office found in a review.State environmental regulators have missed deadlines to submit reports about Massachusetts waterways to federal agencies, Bump’s office said, and they also...

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Rich Earth Institute receives $225K grant, takes ownership of research center
Jun15

Rich Earth Institute receives $225K grant, takes ownership of research center

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Rich Earth Institute is one step closer to developing a self-contained system for turning human urine into a sanitized and purified fertilizer thanks to a $225,000 grant.The small research group was recently awarded the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research grant, according to a Rich Earth Institute press release. The grant will support continued development of the system, which uses...

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Colrain Central School wins 2020 Green Difference Awards for trout repopulation, reusable bags
Jun09

Colrain Central School wins 2020 Green Difference Awards for trout repopulation, reusable bags

COLRAIN — Colrain Central School’s reusable bag program and efforts to replenish the local trout population are garnering attention from Project Green Schools, a Plymouth-based organization that seeks to develop the next generation of environmental leaders. Project Green Schools has named Colrain Central School a 2020 Green Difference Award winner in the Land, Air, Natural World category for its project to replenish the trout...

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Montague burn dump to be capped, absorbed into solar farm
Jun03

Montague burn dump to be capped, absorbed into solar farm

MONTAGUE — An old burn dump that is at least 25 years overdue for being environmentally contained is being capped and turned into a solar farm this year, thanks to a deal between the town and the Kearsarge Energy power company.The solar farm will be an addition to an existing solar complex on adjoining properties, which are also operated by Kearsarge. Installation of the new part is expected to be finished by the end of the year, said...

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