April 24, 2018
Roundup: Solar Energy for Mass. Nonprofits; Grants Received

May 1, 2017 — Three Massachusetts nonprofits join solar energy program...Salem Sound Coastwatch gets grant to promote ocean literacy and environmental stewardship...National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cape Cod & The Islands awarded funds to support teachers.

Three Mass. Nonprofits Participate in Solar Energy Program

Three Massachusetts nonprofit organizations have been selected to participate in the 2017 Mass Solar Connect program, a solar group buying program for members of participating nonprofit organizations.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Department of Energy Resources announced the program recently, which Gov. Charlie Baker cited as an example of how nonprofits and state government are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Joining the Mass Solar Connect program: Eugenia Gibbons, program director at Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, said, “Mass Energy is thrilled to be partnering with the MassCEC and Energy Sage on a new Solar Connect program. Two years ago we were able to help more than 250 Massachusetts homeowners install rooftop solar affordably. This was equivalent to removing nearly 361 cars from the road.”

Megan Amsler executive director of the Cape and Islands Self Reliance Corporation, said, “We are very excited to be part of the Solar Connect with the MassCEC and Pick My Solar program to help more people make solid choices about photovoltaics and take action to generate their own clean energy.”

Since it launched in 2015, the Mass Solar Connect Program has resulted in a total of 1.9 megawatts of solar, enough to offset over 1,700 metric tons in annual carbon emissions, according to MassCEC.

Salem Sound Coastwatch Awarded $20K to Promote STEAM

Salem Sound Coastwatch, a nonprofit based in Salem that works to protect and improve the environmental quality of Salem Sound and its watershed, was recently awarded $20,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The grant, reported in The Salem News, said the funds will support an environmental education project called "STEAMing Ahead in Our Watershed," which aims to provide "local underserved students a better understanding of ocean literacy and environmental stewardship through hands-on engagement in science, technology, engineering, the arts and math."

Formed as an informal working group in1990, Salem Sound Coastwatch assists communities in the Salem Sound Watershed with activities such as water quality monitoring, protective bylaw development, grantsmanship, and public education.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Gets $90K to Help Local Teachers

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cape Cod & The Islands, which provides free programs and services for individuals and families on the Cape and the of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket who are experience a broad range of mental illness and neurological disorders, recently was awarded $90,000 grant to provide education and support to local teachers.

The two-year grant, from the Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation will receive support through the approach of "Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving," a program of Massachusetts General Hospital, which enables them to more effectively cope with the 15%-20% of children in Cape school districts who are challenged by social, emotional, and behavioral issues, according to a recent report in the Cape Cod Times.

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