Electric vehicle charging station coming to Northfield Town Hall
May14

Electric vehicle charging station coming to Northfield Town Hall

NORTHFIELD — The next rural Franklin County town in line to have a public electric vehicle charging station installed may be Northfield, following a Monday Selectboard meeting in which members settled on a host agreement with Eversource. The agreement will see Eversource provide power to the charging station, which will be installed by the parking spaces at the right of Town Hall. The charger could service two vehicles at once.“My...

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Deerfield enacts green infrastructure policy
May10

Deerfield enacts green infrastructure policy

DEERFIELD — In celebration of Earth Day, the Deerfield Selectboard adopted an innovative “Green Infrastructure and Climate Resiliency Policy” on April 22. According to a press release from the town, the goals of this new policy are to promote climate resiliency and the use of green infrastructure in public and private development as a cost-effective and sustainable practice for storm water management.The policy is expected to be a...

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AG sues solar array developer over environmental damage in Williamsburg
Apr29

AG sues solar array developer over environmental damage in Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG — Attorney General Maura Healey filed a lawsuit Tuesday against a Pennsylvania developer alleging “irreparable harm” caused by polluting of the West Branch Mill River and damage to more than two acres of protected wetlands.The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court against Dynamic Energy Solutions LLC alleges the company violated federal and state water protection laws during the 2018 construction of a 4-megawatt,...

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Martin’s Farm in Greenfield to compost cups at Boston Marathon
Apr17

Martin’s Farm in Greenfield to compost cups at Boston Marathon

GREENFIELD — When Boston Marathon organizers approached 35-year-old Adam Martin of Martin’s Farm, he remembers his first thought was “Holy smokes.”Martin, who runs a family-owned business that produces compost and mulch for the Western Massachusetts community, recalled the race organizers were looking for ways to make one of the world’s oldest and largest marathons a little “greener.” He said organizers expressed interest in...

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Residents opt for eco-friendly exercise by collecting litter during walks
Apr14

Residents opt for eco-friendly exercise by collecting litter during walks

While many Franklin County and North Quabbin residents are breaking up their days spent at home during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking a walk, some have added extra purpose to these treks by picking up litter as they go.While social distancing rules are in effect, people can still go outside to walk, run or ride bicycles, but are advised to stay at least 6 feet away from other individuals. If these rules are followed, experts say...

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Orange Energy Committee member advocates for SMART solar program
Mar31

Orange Energy Committee member advocates for SMART solar program

ORANGE — An Orange Town Energy Committee member is advocating for a new program to replace Solar Renewable Energy Certificates in light of recent reductions in incentives.Robert Michaud Jr. said the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program is a declining block tariff program. SMART was created by the state Department of Energy Resources to create a long-term sustainable solar incentive program that promotes cost-effective...

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