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UMass lands $6.4M EPA grant to help steel industry shrink carbon footprint
07-21-2024 1:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — More than 37% of annual global greenhouse gas emissions are produced by the billions of tons of concrete, asphalt, steel, glass and other construction materials used in buildings and other infrastructure projects, according to U.S....

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State’s green energy bill doesn’t address local siting worries
07-08-2024 6:14 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

A Senate-passed bill featuring a streamlined approach to permitting and siting solar and energy storage projects in Massachusetts, with a consolidated permit for approving clean energy infrastructure instead of multiple local, regional and state...


Gill pursuing new composting program
07-02-2024 4:01 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

GILL — A new community composting plan was approved by the Selectboard on Monday night, beginning the process of getting a weekly compost collection program off the ground for Gill residents as a prior food waste pickup system is phased out.A...


Blais speaks to bills on energy, environment in Ashfield
06-30-2024 8:31 AM

By SAM FERLAND

ASHFIELD — State Rep. Natalie Blais, D-Deerfield, informed 1st Franklin District constituents about recent and future legislation geared toward energy and protecting the environment on Friday.The town hall-style conversation, organized by Blais at...


Greenfield begins recycling outreach ahead of single-stream launch
06-26-2024 6:15 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Before the city begins to change its recycling system from manual dual-stream to automated single-stream next year, officials met with residents Tuesday evening to discuss the changes to come.Seated close to a display of recycling and...


Greenfield to hold first Automated Recycling Outreach Transition meeting
06-23-2024 10:41 AM

GREENFIELD — The city will hold the first of several Automated Recycling Outreach Transition meetings on Tuesday, June 25, at 6 p.m.The meeting will take place at the John Zon Community Center and remotely on Zoom. It will also be recorded and posted...


Details emerge in state’s massive climate bill
06-16-2024 12:01 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — The base of a late-session climate bill that has been promised by top Democrats in both branches is being drafted by Gov. Maura Healey’s administration, which says that reform to the siting and permitting of clean energy infrastructure is...


Leyden designated as Green Community, commits to reducing municipal energy consumption
05-29-2024 3:57 PM

By SAM FERLAND

LEYDEN — After making a commitment to reduce municipal energy consumption by 20% within the next five years, Leyden has been designated as a Green Community by the state Department of Energy Resources (DOER).This designation opens the door for the...


Volunteers plant 50 new trees in Northfield to celebrate town’s 350th anniversary
05-27-2024 11:36 AM

NORTHFIELD — The Northfield Tree50th Project has reached its goal of planting 50 new shade and ornamental trees along Northfield’s Main Street in honor of the town’s 350th anniversary.Organized by five members of the Northfield Garden Club, the...


Montague charts out solar future
05-23-2024 4:25 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

MONTAGUE — As the state incentivizes solar to meet its mandated Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2025 and 2030, the town will likely see a significant expansion of solar power and proposals from developers in the coming years. With this in mind,...


Forum to be held Wednesday on Montague’s Solar Action Plan
05-20-2024 12:15 PM

MONTAGUE — The Energy Committee and Solar Planning Committee invite residents who want to be involved in planning for solar installations to a forum being held on Zoom on Wednesday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m.The meeting will offer an opportunity for...


Four Rivers Climate Club organizes litter cleanup, panel on environmental activism
05-09-2024 3:05 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — In an effort to raise further awareness of climate change and the power of collective action, the new Climate Club at Four Rivers Charter Public School held a day of action this week with a speaker panel and trash pickup around the...


Bulky waste recycling event set for Saturday
05-08-2024 10:41 AM

The Franklin County Solid Waste Management District is holding a “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to noon at three locations, including one new spot this year.Instead of the Northfield Highway Garage, the Erving...


‘We are among the leaders’: Ashfield Town Meeting voters pass bevy of clean energy proposals
05-05-2024 2:48 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

ASHFIELD — When Bill Ryan moved to town 25 years ago, an old-timer told him, “In Ashfield, we only have two seasons: winter and the Fourth of July.”“In my first year here, we had 120 inches of snow,” Ryan mused. “Not now.”On Saturday, Ryan was among...


Montague Cemetery Commission dedicating town’s first green burial site
04-25-2024 5:57 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

MONTAGUE — Judith Lorei, a member of the town’s Cemetery Commission, says residents have been asking about green burial options for years, but there was no cemetery in town that allowed it.That is, until now.On Saturday at 10 a.m., the Cemetery...


Shelburne fair to explore energy-efficient options for homeowners
04-25-2024 8:45 AM

By VIRGINIA RAY

SHELBURNE — If you’ve wondered how to decide on solar options, or a heat pump, or how to reduce your home’s oil/propane use, you can find information at a free Energy Fair organized by the Shelburne Energy Committee.The fair will be held on Saturday,...


Ashfield considers seeking ‘Climate Leader’ designation
04-18-2024 2:25 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ASHFIELD — About 35 people turned out to Town Hall on Wednesday for a forum about the possibility of getting Ashfield a “Climate Leader” designation from the state and what that would entail.The Energy Committee hosted Chris Mason from the state...


LaunchSpace’s ReMake Festival returning for second year in Orange
04-18-2024 11:32 AM

ORANGE — LaunchSpace will hold its second annual ReMake Festival on Saturday to share ways to leverage makerspaces that provide space and equipment to repair, reuse and upcycle everyday items.The free event, scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m., is packed with...


County cleanups on tap for Earth Day
04-17-2024 5:12 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Residents across Franklin County plan to get their hands dirty in celebration of Earth Day, with various cleanup events on the horizon.In Colrain, residents can roll up their sleeves and pick up roadside litter as part of “Spruce Up Colrain.” There is...


Climate expert to speak at All Souls Church in Greenfield
04-04-2024 12:58 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — William Moomaw is accustomed to giving lectures on the effects of climate change, but not from the pulpit of a place of worship.That is set to change on Sunday morning, when the retired Tufts University professor will visit Greenfield to...


Residents air concerns on clean energy, particularly solar siting, at Sunderland forum
04-01-2024 3:34 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — Residents and clean energy advocates recently got the chance to discuss all things energy with the top House member of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, with the siting of solar arrays holding particular...

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