Monday, September 08, 2008

Flickr Pool for Metacomet Land Trust!

We now have a Flickr photo sharing group for photos of Metacomet Land Trust's open space properties and our events! If you're on Flickr - check it out and share your shots!

Metacomet Land Trust Flickr Pool

We've just announced a photo contest and invite you to visit our properties this year and submit your favorite scenes from our open space land! Come at least once in each season - a category for winter, spring, summer and fall - plus a special category for members!

While you're on Flickr, check out the pool I've set up for the Taunton River watershed also!!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

FACT Yahoo Group

FACT members have set up a Yahoo group to help each other stay in touch as we plan for activities in the fall.

If you would like to become a member of our Yahoo group, email the group admin, Dan, and ask for the link!

We have lots of good ideas for local action to reduce energy use, switch to clean energy options, and help others learn about climate change and global warming.

In the meantime, check out Mass Climate Action!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Power of One Person!

If you have ever doubted your own ability to change the world, read the story of a BBC producer who is convincing towns in England to switch from plastic bags to biodegradable shopping bags!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Green the Economy with Your Tax Rebate

Are you due to get a tax refund or an "economic stimulus rebate" this spring?

Why not spend it on energy-saving improvements or other steps to reduce your carbon footprint?

The Bush rebate of $1,200 for a working couple might not pay all the cost of a solar-powered hot water system but it would go a long way for less intensive, smaller-ticket items!

A few ideas for the typical Massachusetts home:

1. Purchase an energy-star appliance
2. Purchase a "kilowatt interrupter" that prevents the phantom energy consumption from electronic equipment that usually stays on night and day - or - quick tip: plug electronics into a power strip in an easy-to-reach location and just switch off the strip when you leave the room!
3. Purchase a share in a local Community Supported Agriculture farm - you will eat well all year and help keep farms and farmers in your town
4. Purchase a rain barrel and hook it up to drip irrigation equipment - contact Denise Zambrowski, Franklin's Recycling Coordinator at 508-520-4910 or come to Earth Day at Beaver Pond on April 19th to order!
5. Better yet, "Go Native!" Choose native, beautiful drought tolerant plants for your home (and dig up the ones that are NOT!) - Come to hear a presentation on "xeriscaping" at Earth Day on April 19th!
6. Purchase all Compact Flourescent Lights for your outdoor lights - or a solar outdoor system
7. Replace older indoor thermostats that do not have auto set backs with new ones to save on your heating costs
8. Purchase carbon offsets for family reunions, large parties such as weddings, and your organization's next event. When you travel on business or pleasure, support hotels that are reducing energy consumption and water use.
9. Buy re-usable water bottles and jugs for everyone in your family and break the plastic bottle habit! If you are asked whether you want bottled water or tap water when eating out, choose the local, filtered tap water. Plastic bottles are not only unnecessary but are filling landfills and littering our oceans.

Here are some more expensive projects that could save even more when you're making major household investments:

10. If you remodel your existing house, invest in solar heating for hot water and electricity! Sell your surplus power back to the grid!
11. When replacing older windows, invest in the best "low-e" insulating windows.
12. The next time you buy a new car, test drive a hybrid car! In addition to the Toyota Prius ...

... and the Honda Civic, shop the Hybrid Camry or the Hybrid Nissan Altima!

More ideas and how much you can save!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Earth Day in Franklin

"A Hug for Mother Earth"
Many Thanks to the 300+ Volunteers
at Franklin's Earth Day

We were swamped by so many people who came to help clean up our town, plant spring flowers and learn new ways of protecting the environment!

Please participate again next year!

If you have ideas about how to make Earth Day even better, or would like to help plan the event so that we are prepared for as many people who want to help, please contact Ryan Jette at the Franklin Recreation Department or Denise Zambrowski at the Department of Public Works. A committee will begin to organize in January of 2009!

Thanks also to the many, many sponsoring groups and businesses this year so far include Franklin Teen Girl Scouts, the Franklin Momʼs Clubs, the Franklin Recycling Committee, Franklin Area Climate Team, Drums for One and All, Hillside Nurseries, Franklin Tile-Carpet One, Signs by Cam, Comprehensive Environmental Inc., CDM, Malcolm-Pirnie, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Stop & Shop, Entenmann's, Domino's Pizza, Metcalf Materials, Aubuchon Hardware, Garelick Farms, Whole Foods, Panera Bread, the Franklin Department of Public Works, Franklin Recreation, and my own organization, Metacomet Land Trust.