Community Meeting October 8: Spectra’s West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline

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A Community Meeting will be held at the Irish Social Club (119 Park Street, WR) at 7 pm on Oct. 8 to discuss residents’ concerns and questions surrounding the proposal to build a high-pressure pipeline near the active quarry in West Roxbury. This new 5-mile spur, being built by Spectra Energy in conjunction with National Grid, runs from Westwood through Dedham and into West Roxbury; plans include building a Metering Station across the street from the quarry. Read More »

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Leaf and yard waste collection Sept. 15–19

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Be sure to place leaves and yard debris in large paper leaf bags or open barrels (no plastic bags!) and leave them on the curb by 7 am on your recycling day. Please note that yard waste will not be collected with trash. Fall leaf collection runs October 13 to November 29. Read More »

Upgrade Your Aging Heating Equipment

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If you heat with forced hot air and your furnace is older than 11 years or with forced hot water or steam and your boiler is older than 29 years, you should consider upgrading your system now with first-time-ever rebates from Mass Save ranging from $750 to $4,000. Read More »

Greenovate Boston Wants to Hear from You

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Boston’s Greenovate program wants your ideas, comments, and input about improving residential efficiency. Please visit engage.greenovateboston.org and help shape Boston’s future by sharing your ideas. You are also invited to attend the Greenovate Boston Community Summit on Saturday, May 31, 2014, from 10 am to 5 pm; find additional details here. Read More »

$100 instant rebate on programmable thermostats that save on energy costs

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National Grid is offering instant $100 rebate discounts on the purchase of either of two Wi-Fi programmable thermostats for your home that will help you save energy and save money; according to National Grid, you could save up to $180 annually on your energy costs. To view the offers and order, click here for the Nest Learning Thermostat ($149 after discount) and click here for the Honeywell 8580 Thermostat ($35 after discount). To qualify, you must be a National Grid Massachusetts residential gas-heating customer. Read More »

Wondering what bulb to buy now?

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As the super-energy-efficient LEDs (light-emitting diodes) become more available and less expensive, they also become increasingly viable options to the much-maligned CFL, or compact flourescent, energy-saving type of bulb. If you want to know more, check out this excellent update from NPR: “In the Dark about Picking a Light Bulb? This FAQ Can Help.” Read More »

WRSE receives grant from NEGEF

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We are pleased to announce that WRSE has received a generous grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund so we can continue our efforts in 2014. Thank you to NEGEF! In the coming year we plan to offer additional informative energy-saving and money-saving programs to the community and hope to pursue the launch of a Community Solar Garden in West Roxbury. Stay tuned! Read More »

We should ban plastic checkout bags

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The average person in the U.S. uses 350 new plastic bags each year, and it takes 12 million barrels of oil to make all these bags. Only about 2% get recycled, and the rest end up in our landfills for decades or worse (witness the photo at left). Please use this easy action form to send a message to our legislators asking them to ban plastic bags. Read More »

WRSE supports the expansion of the Bottle Bill

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According to MASSPIRG, “every year enough bottles get thrown away to fill Fenway Park to the Monster seats” (photo: MASSPIRG). Do your part to tell our legislators that we want the Bottle Bill updated to include plastic water bottles and sports drinks. Read More »

Putting your stamp on a greener tomorrow

These are just two examples of the Go Green stamps available from the USPS.

Spread the word about how to go green with these stamps from the US Postal Service. Read More »