Thursday, May 9, 2013
The proposal got a favorable hearing and has moved to the House Ways and Means Committee.
Plastic carry-out bags have been banned in cities and counties but never a state. Massachusetts could be the first — though legislation is pending elsewhere. State Rep. Lori Ehrlich, D-Swampscott, is the lead sponsor for the plastic pollution reduction proposal, joined by 28 other legislators. It aims to curb storm-drain clogging and stem the tide of ocean pollution and its deadly effect on marine life, the representative said. Late last month it got a favorable recommendation the first day it was heard and is now before the House Ways and Means Committee. "Plastic bags are deadly to the wildlife that mistake them for food or become entangled," the state representative said. "Turtles, whales, seals, birds, and fish suffer a painful death …
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.
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 Swampscott, check out our jobs page. 2…
Monday, May 6, 2013
A Special Town Meeting article asks members to approve $140,000 to buy Phillips Beach.
An article on the Special Town Meeting warrant will ask meeting members to approve $140,000 to buy Phillips Beach from those who claim ownership. The regular Town Meeting starts at 7:15 p.m. in the Swampscott High auditorium, with the Phillips Beach article a part of the Special Town Meeting, scheduled to start at 8:30 tonight. ARTICLE 3. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift, purchase, eminent domain or otherwise, for general municipal purposes, all or any portion or any interest in the property identified on Swampscott Assessor’s Map 33, Lots 53, 10 and 10D abutting Ocean Avenue of 3.7 + acres of undeveloped land and to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $…
The event will feature dinner and ice cream. The learning space is already taking root in the high school courtyard.
The high school courtyard is a space for all subjects, a learning space. Already students are growing vegetables and plants in raised beds, monitoring the growth and studying pH levels. Soon there will be more. A butterfly garden and butterflies. Song and dance. Drama and poetry. The school's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math coordinator, Brandy Wilbur, has woven the garden into the STEM program. There will be lessons in chemistry, biology and math through soil analysis, water quality, growth rates. Buck Harris' health students took to a courtyard nook Wednesday for class. And on May 9, the school will host a dinner and ice cream event to benefit the learning space. People interested in attending the Outdoor Classroom …
Friday, March 29, 2013
The Board of Health amended its paint removal regulations on March 20.
From now on you will need a permit to remove exterior paint when power sanding or blasting. The permit cost $35. No permit, however, is required for hand sanding or hand scraping. "This regulation only pertains to the use of power sanders and other abrasive paint removal tools that make containing the paint material difficult,” Health Director Jeff Vaughan said in a news release. The release goes on to say that the Board of Health approved amendments to its Exterior Power Sanding and Abrasive Blasting Regulation, originally enacted in 1994, on March 20. The Board recognizes that the methods commonly employed in the removal of exterior paint by power sanding and abrasive blasting often result in the creation of uncontrolled particulate …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The storage space would save a lot of lifting, moving and time.
1) Town and School Watch: Wed, Mar 27, 2013 Search Committee for Interim Superintendent 4:15 PM - High School Policy Subcommittee of the School Committee 6:00 PM - High School Renewable Energy Committee 6:30 PM - Town Hall School Committee 7:00 PM -High School Zoning Board of Appeals 7:00 PM - Senior Center Historic District Study Committee 7:00 PM - Town Hall 2) Newsbit of the Day: It may seem minor but the addition of a shed at the high school to store Farmers' Market tables, tents and chair would be a major time saver. Last summer volunteers spent about an hour and half, total, round trip, picking up those items from the Town Hall garage, delivering them to the market at the high school and, later, loading them up and returning them to…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
If fuel efficiency is your number-one factor when looking for a car, here are five green automobiles we found on the North Shore, Andover and North Andover.
There are a lot of factors to consider when buying a car. If fuel efficiency is at the top of your list, here's a feature you'll enjoy. We scanned cars.com and AOL Autos for the greenest cars for sale on the North Shore and near Andover/North Andover. Here's what we found: * Obviously, mpg stands for miles per gallon but these cars all use some or all electricity. Here's a physicist explaining the drawbacks to using mpg as a measure. 1. 2010 Honda Insight EX — $16,395 This hybrid gets 43 mpg on the highway and 41 in the city. It has 26,041 miles on it and is for sale at Rockingham Honda in Salem, N.H. For more on this vehicle, check out the listing on AOL Autos. 2. 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In — $32,477 This new Prius gets 49 mpg on the …
Friday, March 8, 2013
The program will help the town find ways to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.
- GOING GREEN
Friday, March 8
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Green Communities Division announce that the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in partnership with Hamilton, Wenham, Salem and Swampscott, were among 16 municipal governments and three regional planning authorities selected to participate in a $500,000 pilot program to help local communities identify energy efficiency, renewable energy and other clean energy strategies to meet local energy needs. The Community Energy Strategies Pilot Program will help MAPC and the four communities identify, prioritize, and pursue a range of clean energy strategies and incentives that are best suited to address the local interests, needs, …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Swampscott was chosen to join the pilot program as part of its membership in the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.
- GOING GREEN
Thursday, February 28
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources’ (DOER) Green Communities Division announced that Swampscott is among the towns that will participate in a $500,000 pilot program to help local communities identify energy efficiency, renewable energy and other clean energy strategies to meet local energy needs. The Community Energy Strategies Pilot Program – which will serve 16 communities – will provide technical and financial assistance to these municipalities and regional planning authorities to help identify, prioritize and enable a mix of clean energy strategies and incentives best suited to address local interests, needs, resources and opportunities for clean energy development. “…
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Energize the Solarize Massachusetts project by learning about small solar projects and by taking an online survey.
Massachusetts wants more small solar projects to shine in towns and cities throughout the commonwealth. It's already happening through the Solarize Massachusetts program, and now Salem and Swampscott are answering the commonwealth's call by jointly applying to the program. Solarize uses coaches to teach residents about the power source's benefits. It uses incentives to boost savings on solar projects. And it drives down the cost of installing small solar units by buying in bulk. Solar power has seen dramatic growth throughout the Commonwealth, thanks to programs and policies created under Governor Deval Patrick to meet his goal of 250 megawatts (MW) of solar power in the state by 2017, according to Salem and Swampscott officials. Towns …