Salem Goes Green
A portal for information on
City of Salem green programs, initiatives and events
Enrollment in the 2011 Green Salem Business Challenge is now open.
Green Salem Business Challenge 2010 Winners Announced:
Inaugural Program Winners Honored November 18th, 2010
Green Salem Business Challenge winners have been selected from 49 participants in a pilot program aimed to promote sound, environmental “green” practices and to acknowledge companies currently “going green” by incorporating effective green practices into their businesses. Awards were presented by Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, Salem Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rinus Oosthoek and Representative John Keenan at a ceremony at Salem Old Town Hall in Derby Square on Thursday, November 18th, 2010.
A collaborative effort of the Salem Chamber of Commerce, the City of Salem, SalemRecycles, Salem Renewable Energy Task Force, and North Shore Transportation Management Association (TMA), the Green Salem Businesses Challenge launched in the summer of 2010. Challenge participants were required to take the Green Salem Business Pledge to do everything reasonable and practical to reduce their environmental footprint, adopt green best practices, and increase environmental awareness among their employees, patrons, and the general public. The pledge was followed by a comprehensive survey of participants existing green business strategies and future environmental plans and goals.
All businesses that took part in the challenge received a window sticker designating them as a Green Salem Business Challenge Participant. Special sticker recognition was given to the Challenge winners (“Best in Class” and “Honorable Mention”).
The honorees by category in the 2010 Challenge are as follows:
Category One (1 owner-employee)
Category Two (1 to 5 employees)
Category Three (6 to 50 employees)
Category Four (over 51 employees)
2010 Green Salem Business Challenge Participants
Coming soon…the Salem Weatherization Program
The City is getting ready to launch a home weatherization program for Salem homeowners and renters. The program is similar to that of the Home Energy Efficiency Training (HEET; see www.heetma.com) program in Cambridge. These programs are offered in the spirit of old-fashioned New England barnraisings, with neighbor helping neighbor. The program is being funded by the Green Communities Grant that Salem was recently awarded.
These “barnraisings” (or weatherization parties) entail teams of community volunteers, under the guidance of trained & skilled team leaders, descending upon a home to implement basic energy conservation (and water conservation) measures such as air sealing, insulating, replacement of incandescent bulbs with CFLs, installation of programmable thermostats, hot water pipe insulating, faucet aerator and toilet water-saving device installation, etc.
These programs operate on the principle that the untrained, through a series of barnraising events, will eventually develop the skills to implement conservation measures in their own homes and may even move on to become technical team leaders. They also operate on the notion that they will undergo a ‘viral’ expansion as more and more volunteers develop their technical skill.
While under programs like HEET, target homes are offered up by program members or affiliates, in the Salem program we will use a lottery system to choose the target homes. Within this framework, half of the target homes will be chosen from an income qualified group of homeowners/ occupants, while the other half will not be subject to any income restrictions. This would help to ensure social equity within the program.. Please note that the means testing for income qualified eligibility would be established to accommodate moderate to low-income owner’s/ occupants, but will exclude lower-tier households eligible for Weatherization Assistance Programs administered by Community Action Programs (see www.nscap.org).
Another difference from the HEET program is that while homeowners/ renters typically cover the cost of conservation materials and supplies in that program, in the Salem program, they will be offered for free.
Please contact Paul Marquis, Salem Energy and Sustainability Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate as a general volunteer or team leader, or would like to have your home or apartment weatherized under the program (renters must secure landlord permission).
Salem Weatherization Program Team Leader Orientation
When: Saturday, Sept 25, 2010; 9:30 am – 3pm
Where: 16 Lee St., Salem, MA 01970
Who: Anyone who would like to volunteer as a team leader, is experienced with basic weatherization procedures (or is comfortable with tools), and is comfortable leading a small crew of untrained volunteers
Salem Weatherization Program Kick-off “Barnraising”
When: Sunday, Oct 10, 2010; 10am (to mark 350.org’s Global Climate Action Work Party)
Where: Meet at Salem Common
Who: Team leaders (see above) and anyone who would like to participate as a volunteer in a “weatherization barnraising”