Energy Program News
New technology, in the form of pellets made of compressed wood, make modern wood heating much more convenient. But can this wood smoke harm our health? Rick Peltier of UMass Amherst’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences, is working to make sure we make smart energy choices about the types of fuel we use to keep warm, choices that will also that protect human health.
With support from UMass Clean Energy Extension, he is monitoring air from a mobile air quality sampling laboratory, measuring the particulates found in the air. These data will be able to show whether or not pellet emissions could be harmful for a community. And knowing this information is important for policy makers, industry leaders, scientists, and families.
In coordination with DOER, the UMass Clean Energy Extension is supporting several Massachusetts cities and towns in their Green Communities efforts. To highlight their successes and better help Massachusetts municipalities learn from each other, we've developed these case studies outlining the goals, actions, and outcomes resulting from Green Communities program work.
UMass Clean Energy Extension recently hosted the 3rd Annual Massachusetts Clean Energy Conference: Helping Communities with Renewables and Efficiency in Worcester, MA. We're very grateful to our sponsors, speakers, and all attendees for helping to create such an exciting and inspiring event.