Thursday, May 9, 2013
Share your best tips and tricks for living the green life here in Tewksbury.
We're looking for all the great ways Tewksbury 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!
Tuesday, May 7, 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 AOL.
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Tuesday, May 7
The following story was provided by AOL.com By Debra Auerbach for CareerBuiler 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 Tewksbury, check out our jobs page. 2. …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Here are some family activities you can do to foster environmentalism. Sponsored by Sony.
Very few events are celebrated around the globe, but Earth Day is. This year, it’s come and gone. But we’re here to ask: What can we do to show our love of the earth on that day, and every day? On May 31st, Sony will release After Earth, an action-packed movie that takes place 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity to leave. It’s the kind of scenario that makes you want to donate to Greenpeace, recycle everything, and start biking every where, immediately. So, in honor of Earth Day, Patch has teamed up with Sony to present these ideas for making every day Earth Day. How can we make every day Earth Day? Begin with little things. Easy things. Obvious things. Things we take for granted each day, and use and/or abuse because of …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
New system was installed earlier this month.
The Town of Tewksbury has made major upgrades to the online payment system available through the town web site. According to Treasurer/Collector Kelly Odoms, the new system was put in place earlier this month and been receiving positive reviews from both residents and town employees. "Residents have been saying that it's very to use," said Odoms. "And it's great on this end because it makes it very easy to audit and to generate reports. "It was really a bear getting it installed. We've been working on it since last spring," she said. The online payment system allows residents to pay such things as property taxes, water and sewer bills and excise taxes online The biggest upgrade for residents with the new system is the ability to track …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
NSTAR and crowd-sourced websites offer tips and locations for charging electric cars.
Drivers who are considering a switch to electric vehicles or current vehicle owners looking for a place nearby to charge their rides have a couple of places to find their outlet. There are two electric car charging stations in Tewksbury and one in Billerica, according to crowd-sourced website carstations.com. Tewksbury locations are at the 99 Restaurant, 401 Main St., and Ira Nissan, 623 Main St. In Billerica, the location is at the 99 Restaurant, 160 Lexington Road. Carstations allows users to upload new car charging locations to a Google map and (when applicable) provides details on the station. According to the site's About section, "this website is designed to encourage participation and welcomes user interaction in the form of …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Event will feature several local organizations and businesses.
Tewksbury will celebrate Earth Day on April 20 with a special event on the Town Common. The Community Earth Day celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature several local businesses and organizations. The event will serve as a recycling opportunity, as ReFoamIt will be onsite to collect and recycle clean styrofoam. Farmer Dave's CSA (East Street Farm Stand) will be taking part in the event and Ira Toyota will be bringing one of it's 2013 hybrid cars, according to information provided on the town web site. The Tewksbury Green Committee will be represented at the event, as will the Tewksbury Garden Club, the Recycling Committee, the Tewksbury Public Library and the Conservation Committee. The Community Earth Day …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Tewksbury joins other towns in the Merrimack Valley in receiving money from the Patrick-Murray Administration for storm water management. Andrew Sylvia
Tewksbury and eight other municipalities within the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments will receive $98,000 to help control and treat stormwater runoff in the Greater Lowell area as part of a new utility called the Northern Middlesex Stormwater Collaborative. Funding came as part of $2.25 million in Community Innovation Challenge (CIC) grants for municipalities, regional school districts, and planning agencies across the state. The Northern Middlesex Council of Governments initially applied for the CIC grant in January 2012, but was unsuccessful, opting instead to move forward with establishing a governance structure for the regional stormwater utility with local officials from Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell, Tewksbury, …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Sealing windows and adding insulation to your home can take as much as 30 percent off your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
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Tuesday, March 5
Time is money, the old adage goes, but so is a well-winterized house. Stopping air leakages can take as much as 30 percent off your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Check out these three tips for closing up air leaks around your home: 1. First, do an energy audit of your house, keeping an eye out for the trouble spots. Windows and doors are obvious places to check, but also look at things like wall outlets and switches, plumbing vents and the attic hatch for leakage. Swaying curtains and light under your doors are sure signs, but you can find less obvious air leaks by using an infrared thermometer to check for temperature variations. Or use a lighted candle (carefully). If the flame moves, air is coming in. 2. Seal…
Thursday, February 28, 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 …