WRSE co-sponsors Oct. 14 City Council Candidates’ Forum

Meet and mingle with Boston City Council candidates Oct. 14, from 6:45 to 8:30, at the Roslindale Community Center   (6 Cummins Highway). At-large candidates: Annissa Essaibi George, Michael Flaherty, Stephen Murphy, Ayanna Pressley, and Michelle Wu. District 4 candidates: Andrea Campbell and Charles Yancey (TBD). District 5 candidates: Tim McCarthy and Jean-Claude Sanon. Candidate statements and Q&A. Hosted by Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale and co-sponsored by a number of West Roxbury and Roslindale community groups and local media. 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 »

We should ban plastic checkout bags

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 »

Putting your stamp on a greener tomorrow

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