Green Eggs and Hamburgers at the Rox Diner

“Established in 02132” is printed under the restaurant’s name on the front door, and at the Rox Diner, owners John Fortin and Paul Louderback take this pledge seriously, with “local, local, and more local” as their mantra. In this case, “local” also means sustainable, recyclable, all-natural, and just generally green. For starters, when West Roxbury residents Fortin and Louderback took over ownership Read More »

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Green Group Summit

On Wednesday evening, December 1, about 60 people gathered at Suffolk University to hear from a panel of representatives of green groups around Boston about the various activities being mounted to make Boston greener and cleaner. Steering Committee member Ray Porfilio represented West Roxbury Saves Energy at this roundtable discussion. He gave an overview of the events WRSE has presented Read More »

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How’s Your Green IQ?

Even if you follow environmental issues, it is sometimes difficult to know fact from fiction. The true-false statements here are intended to test your knowledge of all things “green.” We would also love to hear from you if you have ideas for future Ecophiles columns or topics you’d like to have us cover. Just send us an e-mail at wrse@westroxburysavesenergy.org. Read More »

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West Roxbury Walks

Particularly in this lovely fall New England weather, it is hard not to want to get outside, enjoy the crisp air and colorful leaves, and walk. Walking accrues many benefits, of course, not least of which are saving energy (avoiding driving the car, which not only uses gas but puts harmful carbons into the air) and using energy (our body’s, which burns calories and helps keep us fit). Read More »

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“Renew Boston” Makes Homes Energy Efficient

If you have been wanting to tighten up your house for some time now in order to keep the heating bills down, but haven’t really known how to go about applying the weatherstripping or where to put the insulation, and you’ve been wary of the cost of those and other energy-efficient measures, now may be your chance. The city of Boston recently launched an initiative that prompts homeowners and apartment-dwellers Read More »

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Waves Car Wash Sets a Green Example

You might not think of a car wash as a business that would readily set a good example as a water conservator, but the fact is that getting your car cleaned at Waves takes 80 percent less water than washing your car in your driveway. Contributing to the reduced use of water, Waves—located on the VFW Parkway in West Roxbury at the Dedham line—recycles 9,000 gallons each week rather than just Read More »

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How Green Is Your Garden?

Saving energy and saving money moves outdoors in the summer months, of course, and with the recent heat, it seems timely to think about water conservation and other smart choices for tending your lawn and garden. Consider conserving water this summer by watering your lawn only in the early morning (to avoid high rates of mid-day evaporation) and not relying on automated sprinklers, which have been Read More »

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The Corrib Classic 5K Race Went Green This Year

Every year, thousands of people participate in the annual Corrib Classic 5k Race, and even more join for the post-run celebration. While it is terrific to see so many members of the community come out to support local organizations and charities in West Roxbury, it also means a lot of empty plastic bottles and other containers. Previously, these materials were simply thrown into the trash. That is why this year, my office Read More »

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What BPS Students Are Learning about the Environment

Recognizing that saving energy and saving money should be important to everyone in the community, West Roxbury Saves Energy touched base with Madden Kilgannon, an eighth-grader from West Roxbury, for a student’s perspective. WRSE: As a teenager and student, why do you think environmental issues are important? MK: The damage that we are doing right now to the earth is going to affect everyone on the planet. But the people who are inheriting this earth, the next generation, is getting the tools that they need to help build a greener world at school. Read More »

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Celebrate Earth Day 2010 Locally

Ever since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has provided an opportunity to remind ourselves that our environment is precious and should be treated with respect. Whether you choose to help plant some trees or simply eschew use of plastic bags on Thursday, April 22, WRSE urges you to take some action that benefits our Earth. Here are a few ways you can mark the day in West Roxbury and Roslindale Read More »

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