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  • Learn about Heat Pumps with Free Online Training

    Join our partner program Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Partnership for an in-depth introduction to heat pump technology and basics on how to identify good applications and get started with heat pump projects, with a focus on commercial applications.  This free, 3-hour, online training session will be held on June 16.  Get additional details and register here.
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    CEE Co-hosting Webinar Series on Sustainability in Food & Beverage Businesses

    April 23, 2021
    UMass Clean Energy Extension is co-hosting a webinar series on sustainability in food and beverage businesses.  The interactive webinars will help businesses to increase their sustainability and reduce operating costs by improving energy efficiency, reducing waste, using safer cleaning and sanitizing products, and more.
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    CEE PI Ben Weil Speaks About Operating Buildings During COVID

    February 18, 2021
    UMass Clean Energy Extension PI Ben Weil spoke recently on "Operating Buildings to Minimize COVID Transmission and Energy Use with Opportunities Post-Pandemic". Learn more here.
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    Developing a Pollinator-Friendly Certification Program for Solar PV

    December 20, 2020
    In their December newsletter, the Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists featured an article by UMass Clean Energy Extension's Zara Dowling, entitled Developing a Pollinator-Friendly Certification Program for Solar Photovoltaic Arrays in Massachusetts. The piece articulates the advantages of including habitat for pollinators in the design of photovoltaic facilities and discusses CEE's Pollinator-Friendly Solar Certification Program.   For full article, click here.   Photo: https://ccrenew.com/news/cypress-announces-plan-build-new-yorks-first-solar-farms-pollinator-friendly-habitats/
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    UMass Amherst Study Will Assess Impact of Dual-use Solar-agriculture Installations in Massachusetts

    December 2, 2020
    CEE and collaborators study the impact of solar-agriculture co-location on agricultural productivity and farm viability AMHERST, Mass. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technology Office announced recently that a team led by extension professor Dwayne Breger at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been selected for a three-year, $1.8 million award to study the effects of co-locating solar energy panels and agriculture operations at up to eight different farms across the Commonwealth. The work will be in partnership with landowners, state agencies, solar developers and a non-profit farmland organization. Link to full article here
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    UMass Amherst Highlighted in 2020 Sustainable Campus Index

    November 24, 2020
    CEE'S Clean Energy Corps in the Spotlight as Innovative and High-Impact Sustainability Project UMass Amherst Recognized as a top performer in sustainability research November 24, 2020 Contact: Patty Shillington 305-606-9909 AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst is recognized as a top-performing educational institution in the 2020 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI), a publication of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). It received the 7th highest score among large, public, doctoral-granting universities, based on a UMass analysis of the data. Link to full article here
  • Sierra Magazine Lists UMass in "Top 20 Coolest Schools"

    September 28, 2020
    UMass Clean Energy Extension is excited to see two of its programs cited in connection with Sierra Magazine's ranking of UMass in the top 20 schools for sustainability. Sierra noted both the Offshore Wind Professional Certificate Program and the UMass Clean Energy Corps as contributing to the high ranking. See this post for more information.
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    UMass Clean Energy Extension Plays Part in First SMART-Approved Dual-Use Solar Project

    October 21, 2020
    UMass Clean Energy Extension is pleased to support the state's SMART solar incentive program. In collaboration with UMass Agricultural Extension, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and the Department of Energy Resources, CEE provides technical resources and critical review of farm plans for dual-use systems seeking to qualify for an adder through the SMART program. The first of these dual-use agricultural photovoltaic (PV) system has become operational in Monson. Read more about the Million Little Sunbeams project – and learn here about CEE’s dual-use-related resources, research, and outreach. (Photo from article at MorningAgClips.com)
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    Offshore Wind Professional Certificate Program

    August 4, 2020
    The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Clean Energy Extension are excited to announce the launch of a new professional certificate in offshore wind in the fall of 2020. The certificate is tailored to professionals and graduate students seeking to up-skill and broaden their knowledge to address the needs of the offshore wind industry. The online program covers the broad range of disciplines involved in this dynamic industry, including technology and engineering, development and finance, supply chain management, marketing, environmental impact, business logistics, law, and policy. The certificate can be completed in one year and the first course begins on August 24. See the program page for more information.
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    Grant to UMass Amherst Clean Energy Extension Will Bring Solar Planning to Western Massachusetts Towns

    April 24, 2020
    A team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Clean Energy Extension recently was awarded a 15-month grant to lead development of community-focused solar siting and financing procedures in three rural western Massachusetts communities - Blandford, Wendell and Westhampton.

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