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Specialized opt-in energy code pushes Massachusetts towards a more sustainable future

The Department of Energy Resources updated its building energy code.

Macie Parker - 02-01-2023

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Massachusetts-based company gets $120 million boost to make ‘green steel’

The company's technology was developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ed Davey - 02-01-2023

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US Emissions of the World’s Most Potent Greenhouse Gas Are 56 Percent Higher Than EPA Estimates, a New Study Shows

Electric utilities are likely responsible for the nation’s higher than expected emissions of sulfur hexafluoride.

Phil McKenna - 02-01-2023

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Greener School Playgrounds Are An Overlooked Climate Solution

Sustainable playgrounds are not talked about enough.

Nexus Media - 02-01-2023

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The key to weathering rapid sea-level rise may lie in a Massachusetts salt marsh

A team of researchers recently announced that salt marshes may in fact thrive despite higher water levels.

UMASS Amherst - 01-24-2023

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Biggest snowfalls recorded in Massachusetts history

A list of the biggest 1-day snowfalls in Massachusetts

Nexstar Media Wire - 01-24-2023

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Does Massachusetts Underestimate Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

Shortcomings in the state’s greenhouse gas inventory pose issues for energy planning

Jon Lamson - 01-24-2023

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A zero emissions future without the mining boom

A new report finds that the U.S. can reduce lithium demand by up to 90 percent.

Blanca Berget & Laylla Younes - 01-24-2023

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Massachusetts climate advocates say the fight over renewable gas isn’t over yet

A decision by state regulators last month was a setback for renewable natural gas, but conflict still exists.

Sarah Shemkus - 01-17-2023

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The zero-fare public transit movement is picking up momentum

Washington, D.C., is poised to be the next major city to nix bus fares as the zero-fare transit movement picks up speed....

Rebecca Piccioto - 01-17-2023

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We need a lot more electricians

A shortage of skilled labor could derail efforts to "electrify everything."

Emily Pontecorvo - 01-17-2023

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How to Navigate EV Charging Rebates and Successfully Fund Your Home Charging Station

The convenience of charging your electric vehicle (EV) at home makes right now an ideal time to go electric.

Darya Oreizi - 01-17-2023

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2022 was devastatingly hot. 2023 could be even worse.

Last year was one of the hottest on record, even though a major climate pattern was cooling the Earth.

Dharna Noor - 01-10-2023

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Mass General tries performance reports to cut greenhouse gas use in anesthesia

“You see these numbers that are just astounding,” said Sam Smith, an anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital

Martha Bebinger - 01-10-2023

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A New EPA Proposal is Reigniting a Debate About What Counts as ‘Renewable’

The EPA has proposed new standards for how much of the nation’s fuel supply should come from renewable sources. 

John McCracken - 01-10-2023

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State Releases New Resilient Lands Initiative  

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) released the Resilient Lands Initiative

Hillary T. - 01-10-2023

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Climate change ‘first order of business’ for Maura Healey

Gov. Maura Healey got to work quickly on her first full day in office.

Gayla Cawley - 01-10-2023

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Mass. officials threaten to limit emergency shelter without more funding

The family shelter system will no longer be able to guarantee spots for qualifying families

Gabrielle Emanuel - 01-03-2023

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DPU rejects bid to scrap wind contracts, approves them instead - The Boston Globe

The DPU on Friday approved the contracts between both the Commonwealth Wind and Mayflower Wind offshore wind projects

Colin A. Young - 01-03-2023

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9 climate change apps that could help you live greener in 2023

These nine apps offer tips, resources and motivation to help users be better climate citizens in the coming year.

Brooke Staggs - 01-03-2023

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Renewables are likely to provide 25% of US electricity in 2023 Solar power provided just 1% of country's total in 2016

Renewable sources accounted for nearly one-quarter of the nation’s electrical generation in the first 10 months of 2022

Kelly Pickerel - 01-03-2023

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Shifting gears: why US cities are falling out of love with the parking lot

Cities are loosening rules on building parking spots with new buildings

Oliver Milman - 01-03-2023

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4 troubling takeaways from new Mass. climate report

Here are a few of the major impacts the climate crisis could have on the Bay State by 2100.

Christopher Gavin - 12-29-2022

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Five climate New Year’s resolutions to make in 2023 - The Boston Globe

Five climate New Year’s resolutions to make in 2023.

Dharna Noor & Sabrina Shankman - 12-29-2022

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Overcoming Colonial Thinking to Connect With Life - Resilience

"Many of these projects are very innovative...but as I hear them, the absence of life (and reverence for it) looms loud"...

Madelaine Ley - 12-29-2022

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Tips for reducing your carbon footprint over the holidays

"The reduce, reuse, recycle mantra also remains true for real Christmas trees"

CBC Radio - 12-21-2022

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A new book details how disaster insurance can enhance climate and financial resilience for homes and neighborhoods - Brookings Institution

A new book details how disaster insurance can enhance climate and financial resilience for homes and neighborhoods  

Jenny Schuetz - 12-21-2022

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‘Embrace history’: UN environment chief calls for immediate action on Cop15 deal

Inger Andersen said we must not ‘pause for a second’ as we ‘change the relationship between people and nature’

Patrick Greenfield - 12-21-2022

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‘Crucial’ Cop15 deal includes target to protect 30% of nature on Earth by 2030

Environmental groups and ministers have praised the ambition of the agreement.

Phoebe Weston and Patrick Greenfield - 12-21-2022

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Four things to know about Massachusetts’ first-ever ‘climate chief’

Melissa Hoffer was appointed climate chief of Massachusetts Monday by Governor-elect Maura Healey.

Madeleine Atekin - 12-21-2022

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Massachusetts group wants $300 million to prep buildings for climate change

A Massachusetts coalition wants the state to create a fund to jump-start the move to renovate structures.

Kinga Borondy - 12-21-2022

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Harvard team launches climate resilience toolkit for front-line health care clinics

Public health experts launched an initiative to help medical clinics protect their patients from climate risks.

Sharon Udasin - 12-06-2022

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Massachusetts Utilities Hope Hydrogen and Biomethane Can Keep the State Cooking, and Heating, With Gas

State regulators are allowing electric utilities to plan how to decarbonize the power they supply

Jon Lamson - 11-18-2022

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Above-average temperatures in Massachusetts factor into energy forecast

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is projecting above-average temperatures in New England this winter

Michael P. Norton - 12-05-2022

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Offshore wind turbines news

To better address the climate crisis, the US must reform its permitting process

It can take a decade to permit and build offshore wind, clean transportation, and major electric transmission.

Chris Murphy and Brad Campbell - 11-21-2022

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Wrapping Up Phase 1 of the Community Greening Program

What was accomplished by the Community Greening Program this year?The first phase of the City of Watertown’s equit...

City of Watertown - 06-24-2022

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Three Ways to Show Love to Watertown - and the Planet!

It’s impossible to list all everything we love about Watertown- the Charles River waterfront, our unique industria...

- 03-09-2022

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Look Inside Our New Equity-Based Community Greening Program

What Do We Mean by Equity-Based Community Greening?The City of Watertown is conducting an equity-based green infrastruct...

- 03-09-2022

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Introducing the Resource Center for Renters and Landlords

Meaningful climate action will require our collective effort, but the risks, barriers and needed resources to achieve ac...

- 11-24-2021

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Back to Net-Zero School!

As the new school year gets underway, it’s a great time to reflect on the role our schools play in the Watertown c...

- 10-04-2021

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5 Surprising Benefits of Urban Trees

Cities around the US are becoming less green. The Nature Conservancy reports that cities are losing about 4 million tree...

- 09-01-2021

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Working Towards a Resilient Region

Watertown is doing a lot on its own to combat climate change, but did you know that we also participate in multiple regi...

- 07-19-2021

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Having Positive Climate Conversations

Action on climate change will be most effective if we raise awareness of how important it is to our future wellbeing. Th...

- 06-30-2021

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Momentum is Building for Climate Action in Watertown – Get involved!

Since we have recently launched the planning process for Resilient Watertown, our Climate and Energy Plan, this is a gre...

- 06-09-2021

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The Bikes are Back in Town!

Hello Watertown!  May is Bike Month!Watertown supports biking, as an environmentally friendly, fun, and healthy mea...

- 05-18-2021

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Community Clean Energy in Watertown

In 2019, Watertown launched the Watertown Electricity Choice (WEC) program, in order to increase the amount of renewable...

- 05-05-2021

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New Year’s Resolution: Climate Change Edition

The Town of Watertown hopes you had a restful and safe holiday! With the busy holiday season behind us, we are left with...

- 01-05-2021

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Trying to Reduce Your Waste During the Holidays?

Don’t let consumerism consume your holiday season!  Did you know between Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day...

Laurel Schwab - 12-10-2020

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The Importance of Community to Resilient Watertown

Community engagement has been and will continue to be a key component of Resilient Watertown’s climate action plan...

Laurel Schwab - 11-23-2020

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Introducing Resilient Watertown – A Climate Action and Resilience Plan

Climate Action in Watertown­­­­In July of 2019, the Town of Watertown received funds to start a town-wid...

Laurel Schwab - 10-21-2020