Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The Murphy family's thriving urban chicken coop on Dearborn Street in Salem is more than just a great green way to produce farm-fresh eggs.
The poultry that live inside Maura Murphy's urban chicken coop on Dearborn Street in Salem are more than just your run-of-the-mill roosters and hens - they're members of the family. The beautiful backyard coop was the brainchild of Murphy's 10-year-old daughter, Catherine, who fell in love with chickens after spending a long weekend caring for a batch of newborn chicks as part of a project at Glen Urquhart School in Beverly Farms. Catherine's experience caring for the chicks led to helping out on a neighborhood farm - and after a year of pitching in, the Easter Bunny brought her a coop of her very own. "With the help of our neighbors Ed and Betsey, and Dan, the owner of Agway in Danvers, and his daughter, Ashley from Ashley's Chickens, …
Tuesday, May 7, 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.
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Tuesday, May 7
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 Salem, check out our jobs page. 2. …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Bring your recyclables to the Salem MBTA Station on Saturday.
SalemRecycles will host its second annual MBTA Community Recycling Event at the MBTA station on Bridge Street Saturday morning. Area residents are encouraged to bring along any unwanted appliances, including snowblowers, grills, all electronics, metals, toys, bikes, batteries and more, for free recycling. TVs will be recycled at at 35 cents per pound. The event will take place at the same time as the organization's annual Swap 'N' Drop at Leslie's Retreat Park. The collaboration between Salem Recycles and Goodwill Industries to collect textiles (in any condition as long as they are clean and dry) and assorted small household goods will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local residents can drop off their items directly in the Goodwill truck or …
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 …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Salem Recycling Committee is hosting a Book Swap at the Senior Center on Broad Street today.
Looking for a fun way to get rid of those books and DVDs that are just gathering dust in your home? The Salem Recycling Committee will host its eighth Free Book Swap today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Senior Center on Broad Street. The book swap is the committee's way of encouraging local residents to recycle their unwanted books, greeting cards, and commercial CDs, DVDs and videos. All books are accepted, including text books and remember - no swap is needed - residents can donate materials, take materials or both. For more information about SalemRecycles or the Book Swap, residents are encouraged to call (978)-619-5679 or visit www.salem.com/recycling.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Sealing windows and adding insulation to your home can take as much as 30 percent off your heating bill, according to the Department of Energy.
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Sunday, March 10
Time is money, the old adage goes, but so is a well-winterized house. Stopping air leakages can take as much as 30 percent off your winter heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Check out these three tips for closing up air leaks around your home: Check the Salem Patch Business Directory for local businesses and resources where you can find supplies and advice for insulating your home. Or, if you are a local business that offers service and installation of insulating materials, please post a note in the comments section with your contact information.
Friday, March 8, 2013
The Salem Recycling Committee will host their 8th free book swap next Saturday.
Looking for a fun way to get rid of those books and DVDs that are just gathering dust in your home? The Salem Recycling Committee will host its eighth Free Book Swap next Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Senior Center on Broad Street. The book swap is the committee's way of encouraging local residents to recycle their unwanted books, greeting cards, and commercial CDs, DVDs and videos. All books are accepted, including text books and remember - no swap is needed - residents can donate materials, take materials or both. Drop off will be held on Friday March 15, from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information about SalemRecycles or the Book Swap, residents are encouraged to call (978)-619-5679 or visit www.salem.com/recycling.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Annual Northeast Harvest Agricultural Conference will include sessions on: New FDA Regulations, Backyard Poultry, Farmers’ Markets, Farm to Table Cooking, and more.
Northeast Harvest Buy Local will host the Annual Northeast Harvest Agricultural Conference on Tuesday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Coolidge Hall at the Topsfield Fairgrounds. Consumers, farmers, farmers' markets managers, agricultural commissioners, state officials, and legislators from Middlesex and Essex Counties are invited to attend. Pre-registration cost is $20 and registration day-of is $25. Coffee will be served in the morning and lunch will be provided. The conference will include sessions on: New FDA Regulations, Backyard Poultry, Farmers’ Markets, Farm to Table Cooking, and an opportunity to earn two Spray Credits. The topics of the new fruit fly and the stink bug will be discussed for earned credits. Please visit our …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Electric vehicle charging stations are now installed and operational at two Salem garages.
If you're one of the environmentally-friendly city residents who is driving an electric car around the streets of Salem, you now have a few new places to park and charge up. The city of Salem recently announced the completion of the installation of eight electric vehicle charging stations in the Museum Place and South Harbor parking garages. (The South Harbor Parking Garage charging station are located on ground level - The Museum Place Parking Garage charging stations are located on the second level.) The ChargePoint Network Coulomb Technologies Charging Stations, seen in the photos attached to this post, allow for electric vehicles to plug in via a standard 18-foot cable and are capable of fully charging a vehicle in about five hours. In…
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 …