October 7, 7 pm
First Church in Salem, 316 Essex St.
Make an informed choice on the ballot questions this November. Come to the SAFE Environmental Ballot Forum 2014.
Find out why local environmental groups support a NO vote on Question 1 (Gas Tax) and a YES vote on Question 2 (Bottle Bill). Speakers are Sen. Joan Lovely (D-Salem), Phil Sego of Mass Sierra Club-YES on 2, and Andre Leroux of MA Smart Growth Alliance-NO on 1. Hear about the ballot questions and learn how you can join the campaign to help advance our environmental agenda.
Co-sponsored by SAFE (Salem Alliance for the Environment), Mass Sierra Club and MASSPIRG-Salem State. For more info, contact Pat Gozemba at (978) 744-9141.
Public Hearing: September 11, 7 pm
Where: 93 Washington St., City Council Chamber
Are you or your neighbors considering keeping chickens? Have you considered beekeeping to help support urban agriculture?
The City Council will be accepting comments from the public as it considers an urban agriculture ordinance. Come show your support for an ordinance that supports our local food economy.
Date and Time: Wed, September 10, 7 pm
Location: First Church, 316 Essex St.
Could Salem withstand a storm like Hurricane Sandy?
Professor Steve Young from Salem State University’s geography department will present his research on the vulnerability of Salem to sea-level rise in the face of climate change. In addition, Salem SAFE co-chair Jeff Barz-Snell, an environmental researcher, will place Young’s research in the context of the latest reports from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Finally, Kathy Winn from the Salem planning department will bring us up to date on recommendations made by a consulting group to protect Salem as the waters rise. This event is free and open to the public.
Come to SAFE’s first urban agriculture event, where Salem residents and professional educators Kathy Karch and Cady Goldfield will walk folks through the nuts and bolts (or eggs and molts) of keeping urban chickens. They’ll share tips, tricks and best practice strategies for keeping yourself, your hens and your neighbors happy and healthy. Participants will go home with a packet containing information and a list of all the resources mentioned during the workshop.
As reported in the Salem News:
The organization that operates the sewerage system for five North Shore communities is planning to spend $4 million to $5 million on a new power plant.
The plant, called a combined heat and power plant, is designed to save money through improved energy efficiency, said Alan Taubert, executive director of the South Essex Sewerage District.
“In the long haul, this thing’s going to pay for itself very quickly,” Taubert said.
The South Essex Sewerage District treats about 30 million gallons of wastewater per day at its treatment plant on Fort Avenue in Salem. The five member communities pay an annual assessment for the service depending on usage, ranging from $2 million by Marblehead to $9 million by Peabody.
Those communities will also pay for the new power plant based on the same proportions. Beverly’s engineering director, Mike Collins, told the City Council that Beverly’s share will be more than $1 million. Read more.
The Salem News reports that in the first six months of mandatory recycling Salem has diverted 300 tons of trash to recycling, saving the City $20,000.
SALEM — The new mandatory recycling program has enjoyed a relatively smooth rollout, with the city having already diverted about 300 tons of waste for a savings of $20,000, program enforcement coordinator Jeff Cohen said in a recent interview.
The recycling ordinance was approved by the City Council in May and took effect on July 1. It requires residents to set out recycling with their trash at least once every two weeks. The ordinance included a three-month grace period during which Cohen and the city tried to educate the public about recycling, including through face-to-face meetings with residents and an advertisement campaign that aired on Salem Access Television.
Cohen was hired to his 18-month contract via monies from the Department of Environmental Protection and the city’s trash budget. During the grace period, he canvassed the city, measured “set-out” rates and educated people about recycling.
“I went to approximately 13,000 addresses and posted about 6,000 door hangers,” he said. “During that period, I spoke to about 2,800 people face-to-face and a lot of other people on phone calls.”
The city pays a little more than $60 a ton to dispose of trash, with the average person producing about that much each year. Recycling plastic, metal or glass costs the city nothing, and paper and cardboard can be sold for a profit of $20 a ton. Read more.
Salem State University’s recently opened Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons has provided the university with additional opportunities to develop and maintain a sustainable manner of operation. The installation of geothermal heat pumps to regulate the library’s heating and cooling is just one of numerous ‘green’ features of the new facility. Read more.