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 the South End, check out our jobs …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Despite the snow, the system should undergo a “full launch” the first or second week of April.
There’s still snow on the ground and it still feels like the dead of winter, but a staple of summer in Boston will be back online before you know it. Bicycles will be available throughout the Hubway bike sharing system the first or second week of April, according to Nicole Freedman, director of bicycle programs for the city of Boston. In the South End, three stations from previous years will be back, including the Tremont Street station in front of the South End Library, one at Tremont and Berkeley Streets, and Columbus Avenue at Mass. Ave. Three new stations are planned for the South End, including Washington Street at Rutland Street, Boston Medical Center and Washington Street at Waltham Street. Freedman also said that Hubway officials…
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Do you know a business, a resident or an institution dedicated to sustainability? Nominate them for Boston's "Greenovate" Awards.
If you know of a local leader in sustainability, you have until March 29th to submit them for recognition through Boston's annual "Greenovate" awards. The Greenovate Boston Awards recognize local sustainability leaders in three different categories: Business, residential, and sustainable food leadership. “Through Greenovate Boston, the City of Boston continues to work closely with our residents, business and institutions to make Boston the greenest city in the country,” Mayor Menino said. “I look forward every year to celebrating the impressive work of our local environmental leaders and telling their story.” Previously called the Mayor’s Green Awards, this year’s awards will reflect the adoption of Greenovate Boston, a collective …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Share your best tips and tricks for living the green life here in the South End.
We're looking for all the great ways South End residents 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! Here are some recent articles of ways others are going green: SOUTH END PATCH: Facebook | Twitter | E-mail Updates
Thursday, March 14, 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. In the South End, the closest charging station is at Boston Medical Center garage, at 710 Albany St., according to crowd-sourced website carstations.com. Carstations allows users to upload new car charging locations to a Google map and (when applicable) provides details on the station. There are also more official sites providing electric car charging information. This week, NSTAR launched a new hotline and website to provide customers with information about electric vehicles, including local options for charging, payment options and details about electric vehicle…
Monday, March 4, 2013
The Hubway bicycle share system has taken off in Boston in its first two seasons.
Boston’s popular three-season bicycle share system has done more than provide residents with a quick, cheap mode of transportation, it's taken a few cars off the road in the process. Nicole Freedman, director of bicycle programs for the city of Boston, said 13 percent of the 675,000 rides taken in the first two years of the Hubway system are “car replacement” rides, according to survey data collected by the city. In other words, those riders signaled that if not for their Hubway bike ride, they would be driving, Freedman said. That amounts to 87,750 rides that were taken on a bicycle as opposed to in a car. The Hubway system has been available to the public for about 240 days per year in its first two seasons, Freedman said. The system, …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Some South End neighborhoods will test a new program aimed at decreasing the amount of time trash spends on the curb waiting for pickup.
Due to efforts by neighborhood associations, the South End Public Works Forum and the city of Boston to improve cleanliness on South End streets, a new pilot program will begin this week to test one way to reduce unwanted trash. Under the new program, residents who live in the area between Tremont Street, East/West Newton Street, Harrison Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue will have from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. to put their trash on the curb before morning pickup. The pilot program starts March 1st. Currently, residents can put trash out at 5 p.m., but with trash sitting on the street for longer, there is more opportunity for scanvengers and litter, according to the city. Under the new pilot program there is a $25 file for being cited by the city…
Computers, monitors, TVs, printers, cell phones, and microwaves, among other household electronic items, will be accepted.
The city announced that on March 23, residents will be able to recycle electronic waste at no additional cost. Residents may bring up to computers, monitors, televisions, LCD panels, printers, other computer related equipment, stereos, cell and other phones, power supplies, electronic games, VCRs, circuit boards, microwaves, and other household electronic devices. However, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and white goods such as washers, dryers, and stoves will NOT be accepted. For disposal of air conditioners, dehumidifiers and refridgerators, call (617) 635-4500 to arrange a special pickup. The other items can be picked up at the curb with regular trash pickup. Residents must be prepared to show proof of residency in …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
City Councilor Matt O'Malley is looking to increase access to public water taps throughout Boston.
How many times have you been around Boston and wanted a simple drink of water, but there wasn't a water fountain in sight? Boston District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley would like to increase tap water access in public places including parks and open spaces. On Thursday, O'Malley will lead a city, neighborhood services and veterans affairs committee hearing about best practices, safety and new technologies of the delivery of tap water. The hearing is at City Hall at 11 a.m. on the 5th floor, and open to the public. "I think this is a no brainer for the city," said O'Malley, who first called for a hearing last year on the idea. O'Malley said he'd like to have more bubblers, water fountains, water filling stations across the city to reduce …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Students will be setting up the program during Green Week (Feb. 4-8th) at eight schools, including William Blackstone Elementary in the South End.
Boston students, teachers and administrators are using National Green Week this year (Feb. 4th to 8th) to set up single stream recycling. Single stream recycling means paper, glass, plastic and metal can all be recycled together. The items are then sorted at a recycling center, which makes it simpler for residents to collect recycle materials and avoids excess waste being sent to landfills. Through and extended day program offered by City Year, 322 students at the Blackstone, Hennigan, Holland, Marshall, Mattahunt, Orchard Gardens and Tobin schools will participate in Green Week lessons, activities and games to prepare them for successful single stream recycling at home and at school, according to Boston Public Schools. The curriculum was…