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The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in Massachusetts—while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts.
MassCEC provides early-stage investments to startup companies, funds renewable energy rebates for residents and businesses and supports the development of a local clean energy workforce. Since its inception in 2009, MassCEC has helped clean energy companies grow, supported municipal clean energy projects and invested in residential and commercial renewable energy installations creating a robust marketplace for innovative clean technology companies and service providers.
Last month, state and local officials celebrated the opening of the Harvard Solar Garden, which allows residents and small business owners whose properties are not well-suited for solar to ‘plug in’ to a community-owned solar project.
The project was a long time coming, and is a shining example of what can happen when partners come together to tackle an issue – in this case allowing all residents and business owners to access the benefits of solar energy.
Large-scale sporting events have never historically been particularly environmentally friendly.
The combination of transportation, increased population, large-scale construction and the pressure of strict deadlines typically means massive energy use, with tons of carbon being released into the air.
Or in the case of the 2014 FIFA World Cup – 2.72 million tons.
For perspective, the month-long event will produce an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide to 560,000 cars in a year. The event is expected to produce almost twice as much carbon emissions as the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Eighty percent of the total emissions will come from transportation alone, as fans and players fly between the twelve stadiums spread across the sprawling South American country.
While this may seem like bad news, this World Cup will, in fact, be one of the most environmentally-conscious events ever staged.
All stadiums are intended to achieve a base-line standard of sustainability, with 10 of the 12 total stadiums having applied for LEED status, which indicates a highlevel of sustainability. The Garrincha stadium in the capital is seeking LEED Platinum status; it would be the first soccer stadium to be granted this accreditation.
A couple Fridays back, the MassCEC offices were buzzing with excitement - and not just in anticipation of the weekend.
Governor Deval Patrick joined the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center in celebrating each of their momentous internship programs and honoring the many companies and interns who have participated over the years.