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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Recycling is not going away
Feb13

Recycling is not going away

The front page of the Boston Sunday Globe warned of a reckoning coming for recycling in light of the proposed Springfield Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) contract that now requires participating towns to pay a processing fee. Some are hinting that we no longer should recycle because it costs more to recycle than to throw stuff away. Let’s be clear, recycling is not going away.In the 1990s, Massachusetts enacted waste bans that...

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GOING GREEN NOTEBOOK

Feb. 24: Climate Action Now Monthly GatheringThe event is 7 to 9 p.m. at First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main St. Feel the warmth of community and the strength of collective action as we move forward together at this critical moment in history. Everyone is welcome, everyone is needed. Accessible/on bus line. Enter through the side door on Center Street.The March meeting of Climate Action Now is set for Monday, March 23, 8 to 10...

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