What About the Natural Gas Pipeline in Massachusetts?

By Mark Sandeen Q: I understand we are considering building a new natural gas pipeline in Massachusetts. Is building a new pipeline critical to our energy future? A: A lot of folks thought so last year. We saw some natural gas price spikes when demand jumped during a couple of cold snaps. The utilities predicted more of the same this winter, but a funny thing happened. Even though … [Read more...]

Record Setting Snowfall!

By Mark Sandeen Q: Is anyone else wondering what the heck is going on with our weather this winter? Was our record setting snowfall related to climate change? A: If you suspected that we have been smashing records this winter, you would be right. As I write this, we are less than 2 inches away from setting the all time annual snowfall record in Boston. We had the snowiest January in history, and … [Read more...]

All Things Sustainable

            By Mark Sandeen Question Over 400,000 people marched in New York City demanding action on climate change. What is next? Answer An amazingly diverse group of people walked in the People’s Climate March in New York City because we are just beginning to realize as a society how urgent it is that we take rapid action to … [Read more...]

All Things Sustainable

Q: I’m planning to install solar power at home and I was wondering if I could use the solar power system to run my home during a power outage. A: One of the wonderful things about solar power is how well it works with the utility grid. When your solar energy system produces more power than your home currently needs, you can pump that power out to the grid and your utility will give you a credit … [Read more...]

All Things Sustainable

Q: Would the soil next to the bike path be suitable for growing vegetables?  What contaminants left by the railroad are of concern?  How far away from the tracks would the “fall out” area be? A: All good questions. Here are a few different ways to think about the issue from our friend Meg Muckenhoupt. In general, railroads were not good stewards of the land. The Rails to Trails Conservancy … [Read more...]

How Can Lexington Become Climate Resilient Community?

By Laurie Atwater From coast to coast communities are experiencing the devastating environmental and financial effects of extreme weather events. Droughts, hurricanes and flooding have wreaked havoc on communities as close as New Jersey and left homeowners and small municipalities in financial crisis. In response, both states and municipalities are recognizing the need to adapt to the reality … [Read more...]

Too Much Water?

By Mark Sandeen, Chair, Sustainable Lexington  | Q:   Is it my imagination, or has Lexington been having many more large rainstorms in recent years? A:   It’s not your imagination. When it rains, it pours. A new report on extreme precipitation by Environment America looked at precipitation data for the last 60 years and found that the frequency of extreme storms has increased by 81% in … [Read more...]

Is Solar Power for You?

  Are you curious whether solar power makes sense for your home? How you can lower your energy bills? How our local climate is changing? Will electric cars make a difference? How safe is our water supply? Should I buy my food locally? Send your sustainability questions to questions@sustainablelexington.org and we’ll have the Sustainable Lexington committee get back to … [Read more...]

All Things Sustainable

By Mark Sandeen, Chair, Sustainable Lexington Committee  | Are you curious whether solar power makes sense for your home? How you can lower your energy bills? How our local climate is changing? Will electric cars make a difference? How safe is our water supply? Should I buy my food locally? Send your sustainability questions to questions@sustainablelexington.org and we’ll have the Sustainable … [Read more...]

All Things Sustainable

By Mark Sandeen  | Chair of the Sustainable Lexington Committee The Colonial Times is starting a new column this month focused on sustainability. Curious whether solar power makes sense? How you can lower your energy bills? How our local climate is changing? What we can do to avoid flooding? Will electric cars make a difference? How safe is our water supply? Should I buy my food locally? Ask … [Read more...]