Thursday, May 9, 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 Jobs at AOL.
- GOING GREEN
Thursday, May 9
The following story was provided by AOLJobs.com By Debra Auerbach for CareerBuilder 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 Jamaica Plain, check out our jobs …
Friday, May 3, 2013
The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of Massachusetts’ 2nd Annual Sustainability Leadership Summit is on Friday, May 10 at UMass Boston.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Cherry blossoms are beautiful flowers that only bloom for a couple of days so you have to catch them in bloom!
Cherry trees' blossoms are regarded as one of the world's favorite flowers - but they only last a couple of days. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom at the Arnold Arboretum this weekend - and there still may be time to see them! But in case you miss them - here are some photos for you.
Share your best tips and tricks for living the green life here in PATCH TOWN.
We're looking for all the great ways Jamaica Plain 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!
Friday, April 26, 2013
State fish and game officials kicked off spring by tossing 1,250 trout into Jamaica Pond Thursday.
Gov. Deval Patrick alongside state wildlife officials and JFK Elementary School students helped stock Jamaica Pond from the banks of Jamaica Pond Thursday morning. The students took buckets of fish to the shore and helped 1,250 rainbow, brook, brown and tiger trout swim away. Here is some additional information on the annual event from the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs: This stocking event is part of an annual program that distributes various species of trout to 500 bodies of water throughout the Commonwealth. This year, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) will release more than 510,000 trout produced at state-operated hatcheries in Belchertown and Sandwich. The 60-foot deep pond…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Here are some eco-friendly ways to celebrate Earth Day any day!
Earth Day was on Monday, April 22. Founded in 1970 in the U.S. as a day of education about environmental issues, Earth Day is now a globally celebrated holiday. More than one billion people in 192 countries will observe the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, according to the Earth Day Network. Although Earth Day is a great reminder to be environmentally conscious, there are plenty of simple ways you can celebrate the earth all year long. Here are just 10 ways you can be eco-friendly long after Earth Day is over: 1. Plant a tree. Planting a tree is perhaps the most common Earth Day activity, but you can plant a tree any day of the year. Trees produce oxygen and help reduce air pollution. A single tree can absorb 10 pounds of air pollutants a …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Advocates come together to let legislators know the water system needs funding to stay sustainable.
Pop quiz: If people in the greater Boston area consumed 340 million gallons of water per day in the 1980s, how much do you think they consume today? 400 million? 500? More? Less? The answer, thanks to sustained but largely behind-the-scenes efforts of conservationists, is that we consume dramatically less water today than in the 1980s. Last year, greater Boston consumed 200 million gallons. "The great result is we've saved a whole bunch of precious drinking water, which is important to our residents and to the state that that conservation effort has been successful," Fred Laskey, executive director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. Laskey was one of many conservationists at the State House Friday as part of the …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The city of Boston is getting serious about pothole repair this spring - by using silly putty.
In an effort to "go green," the city is testing three alternative pothole filling substances this spring: One, a silly-putty substance, two, a vegetable oil-based binder, and three, a 100 percent recyclable substance. “I expect our city to innovate constantly to better serve Bostonians” said Mayor Menino. “Potholes are a major menace to drivers. We are conducting this pilot test because we believe that these innovative solutions may offer longer-lasting, more environmentally friendly solutions than traditional pothole filling materials.” The city started a ramped up effort to target potholes last week. To date, nearly 1,000 potholes have been reported and filled since the campaign’s launch March 13, according to the city. Over the …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Does JP make it easy for you to live an earth-friendly lifestyle? What do you wish was different?
Towns across the country are getting new recycling centers, giving away rain barrels and installing parking meters with solar panels. Here at Patch, we want to know: What makes Jamaica Plain green? The truth is: a lot. Jamaica Plain is heavily focused on green living. Here's how: Several eateries offer locally prodcued, organic food, saving energy costs. Harvest, CityFeed just to name a few. A door-to-door composting business was started in Jamaica Plain. There are many community gardens. The Arnold Arboretum is here. Boston is the third most green city in the U.S., according to The Mother Nature Network's top 10 list. Check it out and see if any of these cities match your town's initiatives. TELL US: What else does Jamaica Plain do to …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Hey neighbors: It's always a good time to save energy. We've got five easy things you can do to conserve and save money on your electric bill, but we need your ideas too. Please share your best tips in the comments.
Allyson Schmutter, spokewoman for the national nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy, offers these five tips for saving energy and money: 1. Unplug All Those Devices: Believe it or not, many devices still consume energy even when turned off. The typical culprits are televisions and cable boxes, or anything that stays lit with an LED or standby light even when turned off. Schmutter says those devices can suck a month’s worth of electricity from your home each year. 2. Change Your Bulbs: If you haven't already switched your incandescent bulbs out for more energy-efficient options, now's the time to do it. You'll save 75 percent by switching to CFL bulbs. Not sold on CFLs? Take a look at this light bulb checklist for more ideas. 3. Cook Up …