1. Articles in category: Green Region

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    1. Seven Area Communities Receive $1,446,675 for Clean-energy Projects

      The Baker-Polito Administration recently awarded Green Communities designation grants totaling $1,446,675 to Agawam, Blandford, Chicopee, Granville, Ware, Warren, and Westfield. The awards will fund clean-energy projects and were presented by Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton and Department of Energy Resource (DOER) Commissioner Judith Judson in a recent ceremony at Chicopee City Hall. Earlier this year, 30 Massachusetts cities and towns were designated by DOER as Green Communities, committing to an ambitious renewable-energy agenda to reduce energy consumption and emissions.

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    2. WMass communities awarded $1.4 million for clean energy projects

      WMass communities awarded $1.4 million for clean energy projects

      Massachusetts energy officials have awarded $1.4 million in grants to seven Western Massachusetts communities to fund clean energy projects. The grants will go to Chicopee, Agawam, Blandford, Granville, Ware, Warren and Westfield. The largest grant, $266,000, will go to Westfield, followed by $208,000 to Agawam. The grants were part of the "Green Communities" program, in which communities make certain commitments related to energy and the environment, such as reducing municipal energy consumption by 20 percent over five years, and are then eligible for state grants and assistance.

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    3. West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt projecting $4M in energy savings over next 20 years

      West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt projecting $4M in energy savings over next 20 years

      The implementation of energy-saving measures that don't impact the city's bottom line are projected to save West Springfield around $4 million over the next 20 years, according to Mayor Will Reichelt. This fiscal year alone, West Side saved around $140,000 because of the city's commitment to "go green," Reichelt said. The savings are a result of improved efficiency and net metering credits from the community's investment in solar fields in Southwick and Montague, he said. "These energy efficiency improvements did not affect the city's operating budget," Reichelt said. The city, a designated "Green Community ...

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    4. Westfield launches effort to gain designation as a Green Community

      Westfield launches effort to gain designation as a Green Community

      Mayor Brian P. Sullivan and City Advancement Officer Joseph Mitchell announced Tuesday the process will begin with a $7,500 grant received from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. Sullivan will ask the City Council for formally accept the grant allocation when it meets Aug. 22. That will allow the city to proceed with application for additional funding to conduct an inventory of city buildings that can benefit from energy use upgrades and eventually for as much as $350,000 in state funding to complete the targeted upgrades.

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    5. Study Finds Global Green Building Expected to Double by 2018

      Study Finds Global Green Building Expected to Double by 2018

      Companies involved in U.S. construction plan on intensifying their involvement in green building over the next three years, according to the new World Green Building Trends Study from Dodge Data & Analytics, conducted with support from United Technologies Corp. and its UTC Climate, Controls & Security business. The U.S. is also one of the global leaders in the percentage of firms expecting to construct new green institutional projects and green retrofits of existing buildings.

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    6. 2015 Super 60

      2015 Super 60

      The Springfield Regional Chamber — formerly the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield — has been issuing annual lists of its largest-revenue and fastest-growing members since 1990, documenting, over time, the businesses that keep the region running.  “There’s a reason we break it down by Revenue Growth and Total Revenue,” said Jeffrey Cuiffreda, Springfield Regional Chamber president. “I think it shows we have a lot of mature industries on the largest-revenue list, and to get to that level, you have to be around a long time and have a stable base, and that shows the good foundation of our economy.

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    7. Site work ramps up as MGM Springfield casino nears groundbreaking

      Site work ramps up as MGM Springfield casino nears groundbreaking

      With the approaching fourth anniversary of the June 1, 2011, tornado, site work for the $800 Million MGM Springfield resort casino project is in full swing in the city's South End, which sustained significant damage as a result of the storm. Jersey barriers are being installed along Main, State and Bliss streets and plans are pending to demolish the 19 buildings in the 14½-acre site plan to make way for the massive entertainment complex.

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      Mentions: Springfield Holyoke
    8. Community Spotlight: Northampton

      Community Spotlight: Northampton

      Northampton touts a new initiative called “Pleasant Futures,” which Narkewicz describes as a “community re-visioning process for Pleasant Street,” and a number of public meetings have been held to get input from residents in surrounding neighborhoods about what needs to be done to increase density and expand the downtown area in the neighborhood in a way that is pleasing to everyone.  It kicked off last May and is a collaborative effort between the Office of Planning and Sustainability and the Ward 3 Neighborhood Organization. “The concerns expressed in the meetings focused on pedestrian safety and vibrancy along the corridor,” Narkewicz ...

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      Mentions: Northampton
    9. Western Mass Green Consortium hosts Gren night Wednesday, March 11 | masslive

      Western Mass Green Consortium hosts Gren night Wednesday, March 11 | masslive

      Geen Night is a project of the Western Mass. Green Consortium (WMGC), a social network dedicated to sharing information about and promoting environmental sustainability, green building, energy efficiency and renewable energy in accessible and fun social events.  In this presentation Paulson helps participants visit the realm where high performance building and sustainable landscape design intersect, to learn about a design methodology that supports best performance of both systems, according to the news release.

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    10. Green Amherst receives $165,539 from the state for 4 energy savings projects

      Green Amherst receives $165,539 from the state for 4 energy savings projects

      The town has received $165,539 from the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy for four projects that will ultimately cut energy consumption by nearly 2 percent overall. The town applied for funding for five projects but received funding for four, said. Stephanie Ciccarello, sustainability coordinator. The return on the investment on the fifth project - attic insulation at Town Hall was determined to be too long, she said.

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    11. Community Spotlight: Holyoke | BusinessWest

      Community Spotlight: Holyoke | BusinessWest

      Over the past two years, said the city’s 24-year-old mayor, “we’ve been doing some excellent planning, laying the foundation for things we’ll be pursuing in 2014. And we have a lot of projects happening this year. Residents, and people visiting Holyoke, have been noticing the changes in the city.”  Added Marcos Marrero, Holyoke’s planning director, “where 2012 was a big year for planning, and in 2013 we took steps to bring things to fruition, we’ll actually see that fruition in 2014.”

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      Mentions: Holyoke Alex Morse
    12. Greenfield's new 'green' master plan almost finished

      A new “sustainable” master plan that will carry the town through at least the next 10 years includes suggestions for preserving open space and agricultural land, promoting energy efficiency throughout town, and encouraging more use of pedestrian and bike paths, as well as public transportation, to reduce the town’s carbon footprint. The words that came up again and again as a 35-member Sustainable Master Plan Advisory Committee met over the last 13 months to write the sustainable master plan were: resilience, vibrancy and quality (of life). Now, the sustainable master plan, which will go to the town’s Planning ...

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    13. TD Bank volunteers plant trees, shrubs, bulbs at Springfield's Riverfront Park in continued tornado recovery efforts

      TD Bank volunteers plant trees, shrubs, bulbs at Springfield's Riverfront Park in continued tornado recovery efforts

      City and state officials, including Mayor Domenic Sarno, thanked the volunteers and TD Bank and the nonprofit organization Regreen Springfield for their replanting efforts. TD Bank donated labor as well as $20,000 for costs related to the tree-planting efforts.

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    14. Massachusetts awards $3.7 million in green energy grants to communities

      Massachusetts awards $3.7 million in green energy grants to communities

      Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. and Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia this week awarded $3.7 million in grants to fund scores of clean energy projects in 20 communities across the state. The Green Communities Competitive Grants are awarded to existing Green Communities which have successfully invested their initial designation grants. Awards are capped at $250,000 per municipality.

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      Mentions: Palmer
    15. Anellotech licenses p-xylene technology from UMass Amherst

      “We view our efforts to license to Anellotech this important technology developed at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and our efforts to support the company as part of the University’s core economic development mission.  We have worked closely with Anellotech’s management from the outset in order in ensure this innovation will bring economic, environmental and social benefits for the Commonwealth and the country.

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    16. Chicopee City Council rejects Green Communities Act

      Chicopee City Council rejects Green Communities Act

      The council's concerns were about some of the regulations that would come with the ordinance, including new building codes that would demand residential construction over 3,000 square feet include different energy efficient measures; calling for the city government to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent within five years; and a pledge to purchase only fuel-efficient vehicles for municipal use when the vehicles are available and practical.

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    17. Massachusetts energy officials to present Green Community status award to 7 Pioneer Valley towns

      Massachusetts energy officials to present Green Community status award to 7 Pioneer Valley towns

      These communities were among the 17 statewide receiving the status, bringing the state total to 103. Athol, Belchertown, Buckland, Deerfield, Easthampton, Granby, Greenfield, Holland, Leverett, Middlefield, Palmer, Monson, Northampton and Shutesbury and Springfield have already received green status.

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    18. Grant will make two downtown Northampton buildings greener

      Grant will make two downtown Northampton buildings greener

      Two prominent city buildings are in line for an energy makeover thanks to $98,000 in grant funds from the state’s Green Communities program. The money will be used to reduce energy use for heating and cooling at the Academy of Music and at Memorial Hall. Officials expect the work will reduce annual consumption of natural gas by 20 percent at the Academy and 13 percent at Memorial Hall.

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    19. Spill Bound

      Spill Bound

      In other words, it’s a different era in environmental services, one that poses plenty of complexity and challenge, but also two decades of opportunity for a firm that began in the second floor of Mike Talbot’s house in 1993.
      Opportunity, after all, is the very foundation of the business. Before Okun, Talbot, and Kevin O’Reilly launched their venture, they were working together at an environmental-services firm in Connecticut.

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      Mentions: Springfield
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