The Recorder – Greenfield High School Environmental Science Club Launches “Cooler Communities” Website


Posted: 11/6/2021 17:50:54 PM

GREENFIELD – Students at Greenfield High School have launched “Cooler Communities,” an interactive website designed to inspire residents to find ways to reduce carbon emissions.

Until June 25, people are encouraged to make commitments on the website (community.massenergize.org/GreenfieldMA), committing to action to reduce carbon emissions. Actions include going vegetarian, planting a tree, installing solar panels, or adding a houseplant, among others.

“Our club is proud to host a Cooler Communities event, despite the relatively difficult COVID year,” said Jacob Frank, president of Greenfield High School’s Environmental Science Club, in a press release. “We strive to implement sustainable practices into the daily actions of all residents of Greenfield and Massachusetts as a whole, whether they are children or adults. ”

The statement said climate change has been the subject of discussion for decades, but with the government’s recent commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, “now is the time to consider what we need to do. what to do to achieve this goal and what we can do. do now.

On the website, created by the Environmental Science Club and supported by Greening Greenfield and ener-G-save, a charitable foundation that supports eco-friendly projects, residents will find information on how they can alter their house and change the heating system, in most cases at no additional cost, to a heat pump that runs on electricity from wind, solar and water power, instead of using oil and gas. There is also information on how to install solar panels on your home.

The next set of actions concerns support for open spaces, “because nature is the only thing that can extract carbon dioxide, the main source of greenhouse gas emissions, from the atmosphere,” explains the press release. In addition, scientists have found that trees, shrubs and flowers native to our region are more often used by our pollinators which play a vital role in the ecosystem, feeding the birds and creating our food.

People will find several actions to choose from, such as signing up to plant a tree with the Greenfield Tree Committee or learning how good being a laidback gardener can be for butterflies, bees and birds, the release said.

Finally, residents will learn about several behavioral changes that can reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions, while improving our health. According to the release, this includes exploring what it’s like to eat vegan or vegetarian for a week, walk and cycle instead of using a car and taking care of houseplants. that improve air quality.

Cooler Communities is an energ-G-save program and is made possible by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, the statement said. It was created to “engage students in meaningful learning around solutions to climate change, to share their findings and invite their community to join them in making their city and our planet healthier”.


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