Northampton sets greener path for energy use
Oct03

Northampton sets greener path for energy use

NORTHAMPTON — A new city policy aims to get Northampton closer to reaching its goal of making its energy 100 percent renewable by 2050. Mayor David Narkewicz’s executive policy order lays out how the city will transition the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) of municipal buildings to greener options. The policy, signed on Sept. 24, requires that in the next three years the city make a plan “to replace the existing HVAC...

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Activists mark gas leaks in Easthampton, citing environmental and safety concerns
Oct02

Activists mark gas leaks in Easthampton, citing environmental and safety concerns

EASTHAMPTON — A group of activists spent Sunday labeling the sites of reported gas leaks in the city to draw attention to what they consider to be environmental and public safety concerns.In Massachusetts, gas companies are required to report the sites of gas leaks annually. In 2018, 17 unrepaired leaks were reported in Easthampton.“They do it at the end of the year,” said Connie Dawson, of Easthampton, who helped organize the...

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Fall river cleaning
Sep30

Fall river cleaning

A picture is worth 1,000 words, the old adage goes. It is with this in mind that the Connecticut River Conservancy is again holding a photo contest tied in with its annual Source to Sea Cleanup, an event aimed at increasing the health of the Connecticut River and its streams, parks, boat launches and trails.“We are asking people to take pictures during the cleanup and submit them to us via the photo contest. They could win some great...

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Talk to discuss fall gardening tips to help bees, butterflies survive winter
Sep30

Talk to discuss fall gardening tips to help bees, butterflies survive winter

GREENFIELD — Winter is coming and as the frost begins to linger, bees and butterflies are searching for somewhere to survive the freezing months.On Wednesday, gardener, photographer and pollinator advocate Larri Cochran will give a talk entitled “Fall Gardening for Pollinators: Helping Bees and Butterflies Survive Winter,” during which attendees will learn how to make a garden bed into a winter home for pollinators.The free talk,...

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‘Sustainability deserves to be beautiful’: Easthampton resident creates alternative to plastic wrap
Sep30

‘Sustainability deserves to be beautiful’: Easthampton resident creates alternative to plastic wrap

EASTHAMPTON — As lightweight and versatile materials, plastics have become one of the most widely used substances on the planet.But with their heavy use comes an even heavier price — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates about 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in the Earth’s oceans every year, never to fully decompose.Easthampton resident Michelle Zimora was sick of constantly using plastic wrap to save...

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Earth Matters: A living, breathing yard with native plants
Sep28

Earth Matters: A living, breathing yard with native plants

After years of dabbling in gardening, I still don’t consider myself a gardener. I don’t have a lot of free time to devote to weeding and landscape design; I’ve never had a lot of extra money for big garden projects, and I’m not attentive enough to remember to water. But I do love plants, and I’m making my outdoor space a place where bees, songbirds, hummingbirds, caterpillars, butterflies and other creatures can thrive. Gardening can...

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