Amherst’s Hitchcock Center 23rd building in world to win green award
May09

Amherst’s Hitchcock Center 23rd building in world to win green award

AMHERST — The building generates more power than it uses, creates enough potable water for those who visit and work inside and produces just 35 gallons of wastewater per day because of its compostable toilets.Three years after the Hitchcock Center for the Environment opened a new learning center at 845 West St., at the edge of the Hampshire College campus, the building is demonstrating the possibilities of a resilient, self-sufficient...

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Amherst’s Hitchcock Center 23rd building in world to win green award
May09

Amherst’s Hitchcock Center 23rd building in world to win green award

AMHERST — The building generates more power than it uses, creates enough potable water for those who visit and work inside and produces just 35 gallons of wastewater per day because of its compostable toilets.Three years after the Hitchcock Center for the Environment opened a new learning center at 845 West St., at the edge of the Hampshire College campus, the building is demonstrating the possibilities of a resilient, self-sufficient...

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A contamination conundrum: For Leverett homeowners, a solution to water woes advances
May08

A contamination conundrum: For Leverett homeowners, a solution to water woes advances

When Sue Pacheco’s kitchen dish towels get wet with tap water, they quickly start to smell.“Just heavy chemical smell,” she described it. “And it stays on your hands for awhile, maybe half a day. I have to change my dish towels all the time, daily.”Pacheco lives in one of five homes with contaminated drinking water in the southern part of the town.In her basement is a giant filter paid for by the town. When the filter needs to be...

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Environment: Mimi Kaplan: Choose to reuse
May08

Environment: Mimi Kaplan: Choose to reuse

The confluence this past year of China no longer taking our recycling (much of which wasn’t actually recyclable) and media coverage of plastic pollution has made us painfully aware of the world’s plastic crisis. It has also made it clear that we can’t recycle our way out of it, and that reducing plastic use has to be a priority. Reducing plastic use will require everyone — consumers, businesses and government — to take action. We have...

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Environment: A moment with naturalist and filmmaker Ray Asselin
May08

Environment: A moment with naturalist and filmmaker Ray Asselin

Ray Asselin, creator of the documentary “The Lost Forests of New England,” is a filmmaker and naturalist who works to raise awareness about preserving the natural world. Through his hourlong film that debuted last year and has been shown at events throughout the Valley, Asselin explains the importance of old growth forests, illustrating their genetics and complex role in nature. The documentary includes footage of the region’s rarely...

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A contamination conundrum: For Leverett homeowners, a solution to water woes advances
May08

A contamination conundrum: For Leverett homeowners, a solution to water woes advances

When Sue Pacheco’s kitchen dish towels get wet with tap water, they quickly start to smell.“Just heavy chemical smell,” she described it. “And it stays on your hands for awhile, maybe half a day. I have to change my dish towels all the time, daily.”Pacheco lives in one of five homes with contaminated drinking water in the southern part of the town.In her basement is a giant filter paid for by the town. When the filter needs to be...

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