Working Groups

Freetown board OKs CPA question for April ballot

FREETOWN - The town is a step closer to deciding whether the Community Preservation Act is a good fit. "In a town with no senior housing, this is an important first step. CPA funds could be used, for example, to convert a historic building into apartments for seniors."

According to Fox, CPA funds can also be used to repair and upgrade historic structures that have fallen into disrepair from lack of resources."CPA will also be a terrific resources for our outdoor recreation facilities," she said. Other towns that have adopted CPA (149 total statewide) have used their funds for building or updating sports fields, sidewalks and bike paths. Read more here.

Sustainability Almanac - January 12 - January 19, 2012 http://www1.umassd.edu/sustainability/almanac/2012_01_12.htm

 

Energy Opportunity, Food Waste Represents Opportunity

Harvest Power, a Waltham-based cleantech startup, is working on the new frontier of using organic waste - anything biodegradable from animals and plants - for renewable energy. Although anaerobic technology is well developed in Europe, the use of airtight reactors to decompose organic waste and change it into biogas for energy is still taking root in the U.S. Read more here.

Sustainability Almanac - January 12 - January 19, 2012 http://www1.umassd.edu/sustainability/almanac/2012_01_12.htm

 

Promoting Trees in Boston

The public is invited to the Boston Urban Forest Council meeting at the office of Boston Natural Areas Network, 62 Summer Street, Boston, on Tuesday evening, January 24 at 6:30 p.m. One goal is developing a resident based stewardship & advocacy group whose goals are to promote, plant and care for trees in Boston. Read more here.

Sustainability Almanac - January 12 - January 19, 2012 http://www1.umassd.edu/sustainability/almanac/2012_01_12.htm

 

Former Somerset drive-in a proposed Solar Farm

SOMERSET -- A solar panel project has been proposed for the site of the former Somerset Family Drive-In Theater off Brayton Point Road.

The proposal includes 1,571 solar panels spread in four locations across the site of nearly 7 acres. It would be built on wooded land on the east side of Brayton Point Road, behind Stop & Shop, Home Depot and Horton'9s Gym. Read more here.

Sustainability Almanac - January 12 - January 19, 2012 http://www1.umassd.edu/sustainability/almanac/2012_01_12.htm


 

Fall River takes another step toward a green future

FALL RIVER -- City officials will gather Tuesday to celebrate the completion of the first phase of a project aimed at saving the city millions of dollars.

The completion of the Silvia Elementary School 76-kilowatt solar panel installation marks the end of the first phase of a multi-phase energy efficiency initiative for Ameresco, Inc. to design, build, own, operate and maintain four solar photovoltaic electricity generating systems. The project also features a comprehensive Energy Savings Performance Contract that is expected to save the city more than $2.7 million in energy savings during the life of the contract. Read more here.

Sustainability Almanac - January 12 - January 19, 2012 http://www1.umassd.edu/sustainability/almanac/2012_01_12.htm

 

Nuclear Reactor at URI Showing its Age

NARRAGANSETT - For a state so small, you would think it would be common knowledge that a nuclear reactor sits in the middle of a public university. But even at the University of Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay campus, some students aren't aware that the white, cement, box-shaped building is an atomic research facility, officially named the Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center. Read more here.

Sustainability Almanac - January 5 - January 12, 2012 http://www1.umassd.edu/sustainability/almanac/2012_01_05.htm

 

SouthCoast Energy Challenge: Get crazy with compost

Yard trimmings and food waste make up about 26 percent of what goes into our landfills. That's a lot of waste that could instead be made into useful, environmentally beneficial compost.

Composting will save you money on trash bags and garden fertilizer. Use it in your garden or mix with regular dirt to pot your indoor plants. Composting also saves energy and landfill space by transforming food scraps and yard trimmings from waste into a usable product right at home. Compost enriches soil and can even help clean up contaminated soils. Read more here.

Sustainability Almanac - January 5 - January 12, 2012 http://www1.umassd.edu/sustainability/almanac/2012_01_05.htm

 

Massachusetts Shedding Its Taxachusetts Image

Corn MazeBelieve it or not, there's a U.S. state that has so reformed the way its municipal employees purchase health insurance that cities and towns will now save their taxpayers a whopping $100 million statewide per-year. It's the same state that will save $5 billion over the next 30 years by reforming its public employee pension system. It's also the state that hasn't had a tax increase in almost three years, even as it has held a sales tax holiday for retailers annually.

That state is Massachusetts. Read more here.

Sustainability Almanac - January 5 - January 12, 2012 http://www1.umassd.edu/sustainability/almanac/2012_01_05.htm

 
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About the Council on Sustainability

The Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability was established by the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (UMD) and the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) to provide education, advice and assistance on the broad issue of sustainability in Southeastern Massachusetts.

The Council acts as a leadership forum and network to connect, facilitate, support and coordinate sustainability efforts and initiatives throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.

The Council acts as a regional coordination point for targeted efforts at achieving sustainability in food and agriculture, transportation, energy, natural resources and economic development. The Council will work to unite these elements into a regional plan for sustainability.

The Council will endeavor to secure and provide technical support by identifying expertise within UMD, SRPEDD and among regional resources for sustainability efforts and initiatives throughout the region.

Council membership is open to all who wish to participate.   Representatives from UMD and SRPEDD shall act as co-chairs. The Council may establish or support subcommittees for food and agriculture, transportation, energy, natural resources and economic development, or other areas as needed.