PV Squared installing Greenfield’s largest roof-mounted solar project
Mar29

PV Squared installing Greenfield’s largest roof-mounted solar project

GREENFIELD — Installation of what will be the city’s largest roof-mounted solar project began earlier this month.PV Squared, a solar energy company based in Greenfield, is installing the 550-kilowatt array on two buildings at the Valley Steel Stamp manufacturing company, at 15 Greenfield St.“We have enormous electrical usage here and an enormous amount of roof space,” Valley Steel Stamp owner Steve Capshaw explained. “Depending on the...

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Easthampton middle schoolers take anti-idling campaign citywide
Mar11

Easthampton middle schoolers take anti-idling campaign citywide

EASTHAMPTON — A campaign targeting allowing motor vehicles to idle that started last year at Maple Elementary School is set to go citywide with a simple message: “Turn your key, be idle free.” After the campaign received Mayor Nicole LaChapelle’s blessing last week, posters made and designed by students at White Brook Middle School are set to go up around the city this month telling motorists not to idle their cars. The posters note...

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Sen. Adam Hinds talks about environment, plastic straws at Conway Grammar School
Mar10

Sen. Adam Hinds talks about environment, plastic straws at Conway Grammar School

CONWAY — Sen. Adam G. Hinds was visibly shocked and appalled Monday when he was informed the equivalent of one garbage truck full of plastic is dumped into the planet’s oceans each minute, totaling 1,440 garbage trucks of plastic every day.He seemed equally taken aback when he learned 9.2 billion tons of plastic have been produced since 1950, when Harry S. Truman was president, and 12 billion metric tons of the material is expected to...

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Judge hears closing arguments in Wendell State Forest protesters case
Feb28

Judge hears closing arguments in Wendell State Forest protesters case

ORANGE — The attorney representing the 16 people arrested at Wendell State Forest in the summer told them they have notched a win, regardless of how Judge David Ross rules in their case.Luke Ryan assured his clients their voices were heard loud and clear, and now they must wait for Ross to render his decision, which Ryan believes could happen on May 4. Sixteen people, all members of the Wendell State Forest Alliance, were arrested in...

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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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