Score the Mayoral Candidates’ Environmental Answers

With Boston’s preliminary election on September 24 just around the corner, are you wondering if your favorite mayoral candidate plans to make climate and sustainability issues a high priority for prompt and bold action in his or her administration? A number of grassroots environmental groups around Boston, including West Roxbury Saves Energy, wanted to find out; toward that end we formed an alliance, Neighborhoods for Climate Accountability (N4CA), and created and sent to each candidate a questionnaire addressing critical environmental issues. Our interest won’t end there; we will be following the new mayor’s progress on his or her promises in this regard as well. Read More »

Environmentally Focused Books You Will Want to Read

Summer is almost over, so when you are ready to put down those warm weather, beachy reads, consider checking out these books about our world, both classic and brand new. By turns galvanizing, prescient, and inspirational, you will find the words within will move you as well as help remind you why we need to keep working for a greener environment even when sometimes it may seem we are doing too little, too late. These examples could be complemented by many others. This list does not pretend to be in any way comprehensive; it is just a sampling to get you started. Read More »

Mayoral Candidates Forum on the Environment and “West Roxbury Goes Solar” Update

In May, West Roxbury Saves Energy was pleased to participate in a coalition of business leaders, environmental advocates, and clean energy innovators to prepare a briefing statement to inform the Boston mayoral candidates about the many opportunities for Boston’s leadership in energy, the environment, and innovation. Led by the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM), some of the other groups participating in the initiative included Mass Audubon, the Conservation Law Foundation, Livable Streets, and Boston Climate Action Network. We met separately with nine mayoral candidates to discuss a range of issues that affect our environment and the economy. As stated in the ELM newsletter, “the objective was to elevate these issues on the candidates’ agendas and to serve as a resource to the next administration.” Read More »

Vote Now for BLS to Win a Green Technology Makeover!

IMPORTANT: Vote for BLS by June 24 here and help them win these green technologies!

In recent days the Boston Latin School student body has been buzzing with excitement. Boston Latin School YouthCAN (Youth Climate Action Network) entered the “Global Green USA’s Green School Makeover Competition.” The news came just two weeks ago that we made it into the top 10 schools! Read More »

Take the Boston 500 Challenge to Save Energy and Money

Every Memorial Day, Indianapolis is home to the Indy 500, an automobile race for cars whose fuel economy is less than two miles per gallon. This Saturday, June 1, Boston will have its own very different race: the Boston 500, a citywide day of action organized by Mayor Menino’s Renew Boston initiative to help residents save energy, money, and the planet. On this day, in neighborhoods across Boston, citizens and community organizations will host events that will help to mobilize 500 Boston households to sign up for a no-cost home-energy assessment and take steps toward weatherizing Read More »

Spring Cleaning Composting Begins This Week in West Roxbury

If you do not have the time or space to compost on your own, the City trucks will once again be coming to collect your spring yard clean-up waste beginning this week on your recycling and trash pickup day. WRSE urges you to participate in this composting program by placing your yard waste and leaves in appropriate containers on the curbside by 7 am on your pickup day. The City composts the collected yard waste to fertilize the area parks. Read More »

West Roxbury Goes Solar

Solar energy seems talked about now more than ever, so if you are like us, you may have been wondering whether your house has a roof that makes it possible to tap into this efficient, clean, and less expensive way to get your electricity. Wonder no more! West Roxbury Saves Energy and solar partner Next Step Living want to help you determine whether your roof qualifies as a good candidate for solar panels and, if it does, to encourage you to participate in West Roxbury Goes Solar, a program we launch this month. Read More »

New Option for 100% Green Electricity from Mass Energy

Many of us are always looking for better ways to green our energy usage, not just by cutting back on how much we consume but also by determining where the electricity comes from. A goal for all of us should be to opt for as green and sustainable a source of electricity as possible. West Roxbury Saves Energy is very pleased to let you know that you can now sign up with a local nonprofit organization, Mass Energy Consumers Alliance and know that 100 percent of your electricity will come from renewable energy. Read More »

Could Solar Panels Become a Common Sight in West Roxbury?

West Roxbury Saves Energy — along with some 20 like-minded organizations from communities such as Newton and New Bedford recently attended a “Community Leaders Energy Summit” in Boston hosted by Next Step Living (NSL). Familiar to WRSE from our work with Renew Boston, NSL bills itself as a socially conscious, environmentally focused, results-driven organization dedicated to helping its customers lower their energy bills, increase the comfort of their homes, and reduce their carbon footprint. During the summit, we had a chance to catch up with Ben Harel, a Greater Boston Community Outreach Coordinator with Next Step Living whose territory includes West Roxbury. We asked Ben some questions to gauge West Roxbury’s scores on a report card of energy improvements. Read More »

Greening West Roxbury:
News You Should Know

Even though winter is here and the trees are bare, in many ways West Roxbury is getting greener every day. Below are some recent developments that help make our town more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Thanks go to David Ertischek’s excellent green nose for news for bringing many of these improvements to our attention. Read More »