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Neighborhoods in Mass. could get more shade from trees under new climate bill

Tree canopies shading Massachusetts cities and towns could grow dramatically due to a new climate bill.

Alison Kuznitz - 05-05-2023

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Devens Sustainable Freight Forum, May 12, 8Am–10AM

Devens businesses are invited to attend this forum on Friday, May 12th to learn about EPA's SmartWay Program

Devens Enterprise Commission - 04-28-2023

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New Massachusetts climate change program to help municipalities

Climate resiliency is the focus of a new program in Massachusetts.

Brent Addleman - 04-28-2023

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There’s a push to educate students year-round on climate change

There’s a push on Beacon Hill to get MA public school students to think about climate change on a regular basis.

Shiri Spear, Boston 25 News and Bob Dumas - 04-28-2023

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Boston Moves to Implement Climate-Friendly Building Code

Boston is set to implement a new state climate-friendly building code to reduce the use of fossil fuels.

Kathryn Carley - 04-11-2023

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A neighborhood-by-neighborhood look at environmental justice in Boston

RADIO: A new report finds people of color are most impacted by the effects of climate change in the city.

Rob Lane & Tiziana Dearing - 04-11-2023

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Massive study examines offshore wind’s impact on fishing, fisheries

A new federal study explores the impacts of offshore wind on fisheries and commercial fishermen.

Anastasia E. Lennon - 04-06-2023

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Greening roofs to boost climate resilience

Roofscapes, a startup founded by three MIT students, is planning to build green spaces on pitched roofs in Paris.

Zach Winn - 04-06-2023

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‘Heat-pump coaches’ help neighbors ditch fossil heat in Massachusetts

Since 2020, at least 14 heat-pump coaching programs have sprung up in Massachusetts

Alison F. Takemura - 03-29-2023

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The Latest IPCC Report & What It Means For Massachusetts & Rhode Island

To reach net-zero emissions by 2050 or even 2040, we have to make considerable progress this decade.

Larry Chretien & Anna Vanderspek - 03-29-2023

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How Massachusetts’ new DEP commissioner will bring ‘transparency and equity’ to the agency

Bonnie Heiple, the state’s new Department of Environmental Protection commissioner, has a bold plan for MA.

Dharna Noor - 03-29-2023

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US Energy Department Unveils New Strategy to Expand Offshore Wind Energy

The Biden administration hopes to construct 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030.

03-29-2023

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Climate activists in Boston call on big banks divest from fossil fuel companies

Activists took to the streets of Boston’s financial district to demand banks stop investing in fossil fuel companies.

Paula Moura - 03-24-2023

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How climate change is throwing off key timing for wildflowers and trees in spring

Climate change is altering spring growing conditions, and plant life is changing along with it.

PBS - 03-24-2023

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$700M in Grants for Local EV Chargers Announced

The Biden administration opened up applications for $700 million in grants for local governments to install EV chargers

Daniel C. Vock - 03-24-2023

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Going green, literally: introducing the bill that would bring more trees to the cities of Massachusetts

The term “urban forest” may sound like an oxymoron, but it actually might be the key to mitigating climate change.

Taylor Brokesh - 03-15-2023

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State Launches Northeast Emergency Management Training

State Launches Northeast Emergency Management Training

CapeCod.com - 03-15-2023

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 Massachusetts’ first climate chief, Northeastern graduate plans to make the state a model for reducing carbon emissions

New climate chief talks about her job and how Massachusetts will serve as a climate model for the rest of the country.

Cynthia McCormick Hibbert - 03-15-2023

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Devens Enterprise Commission hosts Korean delegation for tour

Devens recently hosted a South Korean delegation for a tour of the “healthy, green, and economically strong community”

Shane Rhodes - 03-15-2023

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

BLOGS

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Sustainable Business Spotlight: Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

For this month’s Sustainable Business Spotlight, we are featuring Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry based ...

Devens Forward Team - 03-26-2024

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Kicking Off a Sustainable 2024: Five Green New Year’s Resolutions

The Devens Forward team wishes you a happy and healthy new year! As we’re looking out on 2024, now is the perfect ...

Devens Forward Team - 01-02-2024

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Sustainable Business Spotlight: SMC

Next up in our Sustainable Business Spotlight series is SMC, a medical manufacturing company located here in Devens. For...

Devens Forward Team - 12-21-2023

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Climate Resilience & Public Safety: An Interview with Devens Fire Chief

Cover image caption: MassDevelopment hosted federal, state, and military leaders for a walk-through of the future D...

Devens Forward Team - 12-04-2023

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10 Tips for Reducing Waste During the Holiday Season

The holiday season in the United States is a time of celebration, but also of excessive waste generation. According to t...

Devens Forward Team - 11-01-2023

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Sustainable Business Spotlight: VulcanForms

For this month’s Sustainable Business Spotlight, we reached out to VulcanForms, a billion-dollar, innovative digit...

Devens Forward Team - 09-20-2023

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Stay Ahead of the Heat: Top 5 Tips for Residents and Businesses to Save Energy (and money!) This Summer

The summertime sees both greenhouse gas emissions and energy bills skyrocket as both homes and businesses crank their ai...

Devens Enterprise Commission - 07-17-2023

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Your Guide to Green and Complete Streets in Devens

Your Guide to Green and Complete Streets in Devens Devens Forward is committed to making our streets greener, safer...

Devens Enterprise Commission - 06-06-2023

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Sustainable Business Spotlight: Comrex

For this month’s Business Spotlight, we’re highlighting Comrex, located right here in Devens. Comrex designs...

Devens Enterprise Commission - 05-08-2023

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Sustainable Business Spotlight: Dick’s Market Garden & Devens Recycling

In this blog, we are spotlighting two local businesses and discussing the benefits of community supported agriculture (C...

Devens Enterprise Commission - 02-22-2023

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Devens Shares Sustainable Practices with Korean University

Earlier this month, the Devens Enterprise Commission (DEC) hosted a Korean delegation from Chungbuk National University ...

Devens Enterprise Commission - 02-22-2023

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2022: A Year in Review for Devens Forward

Devens was designated as a regional enterprise zone by the state as an example of what sustainable development and susta...

Peter Lowitt, FAICP, Director, Devens Enterprise Commission - 12-28-2022

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Devens’s Diverse 24-Hour Economy

Devens is a growing commercial hub that is home to over 100 businesses employing more than 6,000 workers. In 2020, Deven...

Peter Lowitt, FAICP, Director, Devens Enterprise Commission - 12-13-2022

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Devens Sustainable Business Spotlight: Commonwealth Fusion Systems

Devens Forward  Sustainable Business Spotlight Blog: Commonwealth Fusion Systems. Devens is known for its commitmen...

PETER LOWITT, FAICP, DIRECTOR, DEVENS ENTERPRISE COMMISSION - 10-28-2022

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Sustainability Spotlight on Parker Hannifin.

Devens Forward  Sustainable Business Spotlight Blog: September Devens is known for its commitment to innovatio...

PETER LOWITT, FAICP, DIRECTOR, DEVENS ENTERPRISE COMMISSION - 08-15-2022

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Devens Sustainable Business Spotlight: Republic

Devens Forward  Devens Sustainable Business Spotlight: Republic   Devens is known for its commitment to i...

PETER LOWITT, FAICP, DIRECTOR, DEVENS ENTERPRISE COMMISSION - 07-14-2022

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The SDG Connection: Engagement and Collaboration

The actions in the Devens Forward Climate Action and Resilience Plan that focus on promoting engagement and regional col...

PETER LOWITT, FAICP, DIRECTOR, DEVENS ENTERPRISE COMMISSION - 06-14-2022

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The SDG Connection: Community Preparedness

The purpose of the SDG Connection blog series is to illustrate that communities of all sizes can use frameworks like the...

Peter Lowitt, FAICP, Director, Devens Enterprise Commission - 05-06-2022

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The SDG Connection: Alternative Transportation Modes

The purpose of the SDG Connection blog series is to illustrate that communities of all sizes can use frameworks like the...

Peter Lowitt, FAICP, Devens Enterprise Commission - 03-29-2022

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The SDG Connection: Nature-Based Solutions

The purpose of the SDG Connection blog series is to illustrate that communities of all sizes can use frameworks like the...

Peter Lowitt, FAICP, Devens Enterprise Commission - 03-01-2022

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The SDG Connection: Sustainable Business

With this blog we intend to highlight how communities of any size can utilize the Sustainable Development Guide to make ...

Peter Lowitt, FAICP, Devens Enterprise Commission - 02-10-2022

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The SDG Connection: Renewable Energy

The purpose of the SDG Connection blog series is to illustrate that communities of all sizes can use the Sustainable Dev...

Peter Lowitt, FAICP, Director, Devens Enterprise Commission - 01-31-2022

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The SDG Connection: Circular Economy

Welcome back to the SDG Connection blog series as we illustrate that what we do in Devens aligns with the United Nations...

Peter Lowitt, FAICP, Director, Devens Enterprise Commission - 11-29-2021

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The SDG Connection: Housing and Health in Devens

The purpose of the SDG Connection blog series is to illustrate how an individual community can use the United Nations Su...

Peter Lowitt, FAICP, Director, Devens Enterprise Commission - 10-27-2021

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The SDG Connection: Energy Efficient Buildings

The purpose of this SDG Connection blog series is to illustrate how communities like Devens can play an important role i...

Peter Lowitt, FAICP, Director, Devens Enterprise Commission - 09-30-2021

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The SDG Connection: Driving Electric

The purpose of this SDG Connection blog series is to illustrate how one community, Devens, Massachusetts, has applied EF...

Peter Lowitt, FAICP, Director, Devens Enterprise Commission - 09-07-2021

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The SDG Connection: Devens Forward and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

The Devens Forward Climate Action and Resilience Plan is aligned with the United Nation’s seventeen Sustainable De...

Peter Lowitt, FAICP, Director, Devens Enterprise Commission - 07-23-2021