Boston plastic bag ban enters phase 2: Implementation of the ordinance

On Nov. 29, 2017, the Boston City Council voted unanimously to support the reduction of single-use plastic bags in our city; this is a measure long overdue in Boston, with 59 other towns/cities in Massachusetts having already banned plastic bags. WRSE has fully supported this effort, led by Councilors O’Malley and Wu, and thanks the entire City Council for its unanimous vote. Implementation of the ordinance, which is scheduled to go into effect by Dec. 15, 2018, in under way. Read More »

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City Council votes YES on Community Choice Energy: Now what?

On Oct. 3, 2017, the City Council held a public hearing attended by more than 200 people to consider authorizing the adoption of Community Choice Energy (CCE) in Boston. On Oct. 4, the Council voted unanimously to do so, and Oct. 10, Mayor Walsh signed the authorization. WRSE has supported and worked hard to bring Community Choice Energy to Boston. Next steps include establishing a CCE Advisory Committee to move the adoption of CCE forward. Read More »

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Drive Green: Electric car discounts

Mass Energy—a nonprofit with the mission to make energy more affordable and environmentally sustainable—has made its electric vehicle discount program permanent. Anyone is eligible to receive a discount to purchase or lease any of a number of electric vehicles. Be sure to check out Drive Green now if you are considering buying an electric car. Read More »

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Looking for ways to engage in environmental activism?

WRSE has heard from many of you asking for recommendations of ways to get involved more actively with saving our planet now that the former goals of the EPA are in jeopardy and climate change deniers are in charge. WRSE makes some suggestions. Read More »

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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 »

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

Effective July 2015, NSTAR no longer offers 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 »

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