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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Green Tips for Keeping Up the Climate March Momentum

image courtesy of People's Climate

There is some serious momentum behind the climate change movement right now. How can we keep it going? How can we make sure businesses and politicians see climate change as an immediate issue? How can we continue to take action at home? 

For all of us pondering these questions in the wake of the largest climate march in history, the Huffington Post has provided some fantastic answers

Mainly, vote on November 4th. That is the one of the most important green tips of all! If you aren't already, please register to vote

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Win Tickets to BostonEco's Sustainable Home Event on Oct. 1

Learn what's happening in the local and global green scene! The event will include mix of local Boston area innovative companies to discover new eco living ideas including green home design, urban farming, energy efficiency and more. (BONUS: lots of free samples and giveaways!)

WHAT: BostonEco Healthy Living, Healthy Home
WHERE: District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
WHEN: October 1, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Registration is just $15, but Boston Green Blog is giving away a free ticket! 

TWO WAYS TO WIN:

1. All you have to do is share a green living tip on twitter or facebook and tag @BosGreenBlog and @BostonEco, use the hashtag #BostonEco and include the registration link to the event: bit.ly/BosEcoHome

       example: Compost at home! #BostonEco bit.ly/BosEcoHome @BostonEco @BosGreenBlog 

2. Share a green living tip in the comments section of this blog post AND register for the BostonEco newsletter.

The contest runs until TOMORROW at 5pm! Contestants are encouraged to enter as many times as they'd like to increase their chances. 

Good Luck! 


*please note that facebook contest entries will only count if your mentions of BostonEco and Boston Green Blog are tags!

Monday, September 22, 2014

This Week's Eco Events



MONDAY
  • Register to get the password for Oscar compost collection bins in the North End and East Boston and continue the conversation online with #CompostBOS

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY
  • HEALTHY GREEN HOME TICKET GIVEAWAY CONTEST! Check back at Boston Green Blog on Friday morning for details.


SATURDAY


SUNDAY

Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Boston Solar Map Unveiled


Yesterday, Mayor Walsh launched Solar SystemTM Boston, a new map which enables homeowners and businesses to quickly and easily understand their roof’s solar potential and installation cost estimates. With over 12 MW of solar PV installed in Boston producing roughly enough power to supply 2,000 homes, the new solar map is one more tool to accelerate the adoption of solar and help Boston meet its goal of installing 25 MW of solar by 2020.

“Going solar is increasingly an attractive option for Boston homes and businesses,” said Mayor Walsh. “With solar prices plummeting, and Massachusetts having some of the best incentives in the country, this map will introduce the benefits of solar to a broader audience.”

Solar SystemTM Boston is a partnership with Mapdwell®, a Boston-based  M.I.T. spin-off that looks to advance collective sustainability through information, education, and choice architecture, to provide accurate and accessible information about going solar. The tool has mapped all 127,000 buildings in Boston for their solar potential and found that Boston has a potential for 2.2 GW (gigawatts) of solar power. While there are barriers to putting solar PV on every building with good sun access such as roof age and financing constraints, this map confirms the significant potential for solar to expand rapidly in Boston as installation prices continue to drop.

“The City of Boston prides itself on using data and innovative mapping technology to have a positive impact ,” said Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Chief Information Officer for the City of Boston. “Solar SystemTM Boston will make it easier for residents to take action to increase the use of sustainable energy in the City.”

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Spotlight: Team J+A Whole Detox

WHO ARE THEY?
Jody and Ashley are certified nutritionists and health coaches that host seasonal detox programs for busy, young professionals. Detoxing helps program participants eliminate chronic headaches, digestive discomfort, and excess weight. It also helps clear up skin and balance moods!

WHAT IS A WHOLE FOOD DETOX?
The Whole Food Detox is a 14 day program guided by Jody and Ashley, that asks participants to only eat whole foods (i.e. no processed foods) and avoid gluten, corn, soy, caffeine, alcohol, red meat, and sugar.

HOW DOES THIS HELP THE ENVIRONMENT?
By eating only whole foods, you are reducing the amount of energy required to make your foods - most "processed foods" are processed by electrical means - using fossil fuels and a high amount of transportation to get from the field, to the factory, to you. By eliminating that middle step, you're not only getting cleaner food, but food with a smaller carbon footprint. Plus, the J+A program is largely plant based and non-meat proteins are encouraged!