Sustainable Massasoit

Welcome to Sustainable Massasoit!

On this site you will learn about Massasoit Community College’s sustainability initiatives, the latest environmental news, and ways you can get involved. We’d like to hear from you. Please contact us @ sustainability@massasoit.edu

Massasoit’s Edible Garden – Week of 12/4

Now Harvesting (wk of 12_4_17)

Grass-fed Cows Won’t Save the Climate, Report Finds

Jacqueline Turner
Science Magazine
October 2, 2017
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/10/grass-fed-cows-won-t-save-climate-report-finds

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If you thought eating only “grass-fed” hamburgers could absolve you from climate change guilt, think again. There’s a lack of evidence that livestock (such as cattle, sheep, and goats) dining on grassland has a lower carbon footprint than that fed on grains, as some environmentalists and “pro-pastoralists” claim, according to a new report [Grazed and Confused] by an international group of researchers led by the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN), based at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

“Switching to grass-fed beef and dairy does not solve the climate problem—only a reduction in consumption of livestock products will do that,” says one of the report’s authors, Pete Smith of the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom.

Livestock is responsible for 14.5% of global greenhouse emissions, researchers estimate. The animals emit gases such as nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide (CO2), and methane in amounts that have significantly changed our atmosphere. And the impact is growing. As more people worldwide are lifted out of poverty, many more can afford to eat meat regularly; global demand for animal products, now 14 grams per person per day, is expected to more than double by 2050.

MA #1 in Energy Efficiency

September 28, 2017
http://www.mass.gov/eea/pr-2017/massachusetts-named-most-energy-efficient-state.html

BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the Commonwealth has been named the most energy efficient state in the nation by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for the seventh consecutive year. Massachusetts continues to receive top marks for its energy efficiency policies and programs, particularly the energy efficiency programs offered by the Commonwealth’s utilities under the Mass Save® brand and for promoting smart growth development in cities and towns. The full 2017 ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard can be found here.

Massasoit’s Edible Garden – Week of 10/2

Now Harvesting (wk of 10_2_17)

Sustainable Landscaping Presentation & Tour – Wed., 9/27, 4:00 p.m.

Massasoit’s Edible Garden – Week of 8/14

Now Harvesting (wk of 8_14_17)

Massasoit’s Edible Garden – Week of 8/7

Now Harvesting (wk of 8_7_17)