Sign the pledge to be an environmental voter

Environmentalists vote in shockingly low numbers. Politicians won’t listen until we start voting. Join the Environmental Voter Project and sign the pledge now to vote this Election Day. The stakes have never been higher for our environment than they are in the upcoming election. Read More »

Let’s Eliminate Plastic Bags in Boston!

Add your thoughts now: Survey. Plastic bags harm our environment, take 12 million barrels of petroleum a year to produce (just for those used in the U.S.), contribute significantly to litter in our streets, and wreak havoc with Boston’s single-stream recycling equipment when residents try to recycle plastic bags in our big blue bins. The Boston City Council is convening working-group sessions to discuss eliminating plastic bags in Boston and the best way to do so, and everyone is invited to contribute to the discussion. Read More »

The West Roxbury Lateral pipeline

Since Sept. 2, 2014, when WRSE first learned of the plans to build a high-pressure (750 psi) natural gas pipeline in the Grove area of West Roxbury, including a Metering & Regulating Station across the street from the blasting quarry there, we have tried to follow and influence the situation. Click this post to see a list of the information we have shared to date. Read More »

NSTAR ends green-power option; WRSE recommends switching to a Mass Energy green-power program

Effective July 2015, NSTAR will no longer offer its option to purchase green energy. The good news is that Mass Energy’s green-power programs should be your next stop. Mass Energy is a nonprofit, green-power supplier based in Boston whose green-power programs allow NSTAR customers to support electricity generated from local renewable sources. Mass Energy offers 100% renewable power at a cheaper rate than NSTAR did, and all green-power payments through Mass Energy are 100% tax deductible. Learn more and sign up here! Read More »

Wondering what bulb to buy now?

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 »