Thursday, May 9, 2013
Want to make a real difference in the world? Consider one of these seven "green" careers that help protect -- and improve -- our planet. Provided by Jobs at AOL.
- GOING GREEN
Thursday, May 9
The following story was provided by AOLJobs.com By Debra Auerbach for CareerBuilder Have you ever had an itch to quit your job and instead do work that makes a real difference in the world? In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we've compiled a list of seven jobs that help people live a better life – from the buildings they work and live in, to the energy that fuels their homes, to the air they breathe. 1. Conservation scientist: Conservation scientists are hired to help preserve and protect natural habitats. They usually work with landowners and federal, state and local governments to find the best ways to use and improve the land while conserving the environment.* If you’re looking for a green job in Braintree, check out our jobs page. 2…
Friday, April 26, 2013
Share your best tips and tricks for living the green life here in Braintree.
We're looking for all the great ways Braintree natives are working to preserve and protect the Earth. From composting to creative recycling, we want to hear what you do to minimize your carbon footprint, reduce waste, and just live a greener lifestyle. Please tell us in the comments below or upload a picture!
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Hey neighbors: It's always a good time to save energy. We've got five easy things you can do to conserve and save money on your electric bill, but we need your ideas too. Please share your best tips in the comments.
Allyson Schmutter, spokesperson for the national nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy, offers these five tips for saving energy and money: 1. Unplug All Those Devices: Believe it or not, many devices still consume energy even when turned off. The typical culprits are televisions and cable boxes, or anything that stays lit with an LED or standby light even when turned off. Schmutter says those devices can suck a month’s worth of electricity from your home each year. 2. Change Your Bulbs: If you haven't already switched your incandescent bulbs out for more energy-efficient options, now's the time to do it. You'll save 75 percent by switching to CFL bulbs. Not sold on CFLs? Take a look at this light bulb checklist for more ideas. 3. Cook Up …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Advocates come together to let legislators know the water system needs funding to stay sustainable.
Pop quiz: If people in the greater Boston area consumed 340 million gallons of water per day in the 1980s, how much do you think they consume today? 400 million? 500? More? Less? The answer, thanks to sustained but largely behind-the-scenes efforts of conservationists, is that we consume dramatically less water today than in the 1980s. Last year, greater Boston consumed 200 million gallons. "The great result is we've saved a whole bunch of precious drinking water, which is important to our residents and to the state that that conservation effort has been successful," Fred Laskey, executive director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. Laskey was one of many conservationists at the State House last Friday as part of the …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Electric car charging stations are starting to appear on the South Shore.
Thinking about getting an electric car, but afraid there are not any charging stations? Check out carstations.com to find out where the charging stations are located on the South Shore. This site is updated frequently, so check back on a regular basis. At the Tufts Library, 45 Broad St. in Weymouth; 280 Ivory St., Braintree; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, 1600 Crown Colony Dr., Quincy and Quirk Nisssan, 600 Southern Artery, Quincy, you can find an EV charging station. Some current models of electric cars, such as the Nissan Leaf, can travel about 70 miles before they need to be recharged, according to the website Green Car Reports. Chevrolet says its Volt gas-electric hybrid averages 900 miles between fill-ups when it is charged regularly. …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Eating organic is good for your health and it's good for the planet. But sometimes, it can be hard to find. Here's where to get the best organic foods in and around Braintree.
Did you know that eating conventional produce increases your risk of pesticide contamination by 30%? And chowing down on non-organic chicken and pork increases your risk of exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria by 33%? This is all according to a 2012 Annals of Internal Medicine report. If you're not already sold on the benefits of eating organic, consider this: organic foods may have more nutrients than their conventionally produced counterparts. Organic broccoli, for example, has higher levels of antioxidants and vitamin C than the traditionally produced variety, found a 2012 Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture study. There’s also evidence of more heart-healthy omega-3s in organic poultry and dairy. So eating organic is…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Despite the poor weather this winter, the farmers market is on track to open in June.
Sustainable Braintree has set the dates for the 2013 season of the Braintree Farmers Market at Town Hall. Rain or shine, the market will open on Saturday, June 15 and run every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 26. There will then be a special indoor market on Saturday, Nov. 23. "Featuring locally grown and produced fruits, vegetables, hormone & antibiotic-free meats, seafood, prepared foods, flowers, plants, preserves, creative cookies, spa products, gourmet cupcakes, fresh eggs, award-winning pies, honey, breads, nuts and nut butters, granola, cheeses, handmade pastas, sauces, cranberries, fair-trade coffees, teas, chocolates, and much more." More at www.sustainablebraintree.org and the blog http://braintreefarmersmarket.…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The commonwealth joins eight other states in restricting carbon dioxide emissions.
Massachusetts has signed an agreement with eight other states to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 90 million tons over the next six years. As part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – the nation’s first mandatory “cap-and-trade” program for carbon dioxide emissions – Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont are lowering the current cap on power plant emissions from the 165 to 91 million tons per year, starting in 2014. After 2020, the cap will continue to lower by 2.5 percent per year. “This is one of the largest greenhouse gas reduction measures that we have seen,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan. The RGGI Board of Directors …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The walking path will connect to Smith Beach in Braintree.
Final funding approval for a Monatiquot Riverwalk project will likely come within the next few weeks, allowing the town to begin work on improving and expanding the trail system at Watson Park from Gordon Road near the tennis courts to the Toland Walkway connecting to Smith Beach. The approximately $21,000 project was designed with the help of the National Park Service, which provided Braintree a grant in 2011 for free technical assistance. It involves fashioning a crushed stone path passing by the ballfields, the wildflower meadow, along the river and the site of the future splash pad. New benches will be installed and shrubs planted, and kiosks will dot the pathway, featuring information on local history and habitat, Planning Director …