U.S. Reps. McGovern, Markey, LaTourette, Larson, Welch Call For Immediate Release of Home Heating...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 20, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- With the Department of Energy (DOE) reporting an increase in the price for most heating fuels this winter, Congressmen Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), James P. McGovern (D-Mass.), Steven C. LaTourette (R-Ohio), John B. Larson (D-Conn.), and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) today sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) calling on the Department of Health and Human Services to immediately release as much LIHEAP funding as possible under the current continuing resolution which expires November 18, 2011. With continued uncertainty over the final FY2012 funding levels for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), release of these funds means states will have the opportunity to help those with greatest needs now.

Mayor Menino Announces New Residential Solar Program to Help Residents Go Green

Boston, MA - June 22, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mayor Thomas M. Menino today launched Renew Boston’s Residential Solar Pilot program to encourage Boston homeowners to invest in clean renewable energy. The program is possible due to a $140,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) for small residential solar photovoltaic (PV) installations by providing matching rebates to Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Commonwealth Solar II program.

MassHousing Announces $14.9 Million in Loan Closings to Preserve Affordable Housing for Senior Citizens...

BOSTON, MA - April 8, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- MassHousing announced $14.9 million in loan closings today to preserve affordability at the 110-unit Framingham Green Apartments in Framingham and the 150-unit Valebrook Apartments in Lawrence, which were in danger of converting to market rate rents

Mayor Menino Launches “Energy Positive” Program to Promote New Generation of Green Home Building...

Boston, MA - March 29, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mayor Menino announced today that Boston, already a national leader in green building, will launch the Energy Positive "E+" Green Building Demonstration Program, a residential design and construction initiative to bring energy, environmentally, and equity positive green homes to Boston's neighborhoods. The program seeks to promote the future generation of home construction - combining high quality living space with clean energy production that helps power the neighborhood. E+ Green Buildings produce more energy than they use on an annual basis, giving energy back to the grid and saving homeowners money.

EPA Recognizes Staples as One of Nation’s Top Green Power Purchasers

Boston, MA - August 30, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- For the sixth year in a row, Staples, Inc., the worlds’ largest office supply company, based in Framingham, Mass., is being recognized by EPA as one of the top 50 organizations taking voluntary steps to use and purchase green power. Staples purchases more than 146 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet more than 20 percent of the organization’s purchased electricity use. The company is also a member of the Green Power Leadership Club, a distinction given to organizations that have significantly exceeded EPA’s minimum purchase requirements.


WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 29, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a longtime champion of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), today received an award from the National Fuel Funds Network (NFFN), a national organization representing local non-profit community action agencies, fuel providers, utilities and local government agencies. The NFFN presented Rep. Markey with their 2010 Extra Mile Award at the annual LIHEAP Action Day for his continued advocacy for increased funding for LIHEAP and for his call for the expansion of LIHEAP to include more American families who may find themselves in need of home heating assistance.

Bank of America Home Loans Opens Customer Outreach Center to Serve Financially Troubled Homeowners...

DEDHAM, MA - July 20, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Bank of America Home Loans has opened a new customer outreach center in Dedham to serve customers in the Boston area and surrounding region. Bank of America homeownership retention specialists will be meeting face to face with financially troubled mortgage customers who are having difficulty making their monthly payments. Dedicated associates also are available to help customers facing hardship with their auto, credit cards and personal loans.

Kerry, Tsongas Announce $5 Million For Energy Efficiency Initiative In Lowell

BOSTON, MA - April 21, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Senator John Kerry and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas today announced that the Carbon-Neutral Lowell Park and Preservation District initiative will receive $5 million in Recovery Act funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Mold Can Be A Danger When Evacuees Return Home

ANDOVER, MA - April 8, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mold in a damaged home can create serious health problems for residents following the severe storms and flooding in March, warn Commonwealth/ FEMA officials overseeing the Massachusetts recovery effort.

Town of Fairhaven, Mass. Receives $7.9 Million in Recovery Act Funding to Improve Green...

Boston, MA - March 8, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, EPA Deputy Regional Administrator Ira Leighton along with state and local officials and the town of Fairhaven broke ground on a wastewater treatment facility in Fairhaven, Mass. The wastewater infrastructure project, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), is helping create green jobs, boost the local economy, improve aging water infrastructure and protect human health and the environment.


WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 24, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a longtime champion of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) today received an award from the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association (NEADA) for his continued support of the program. Rep. Markey recently introduced legislation that would increase the funding available for the vital energy assistance program and expand those who are eligible to receive aid, and today called for the Obama administration to release the remaining emergency funds from this year’s pool.

City Partners with State to Seek $60 Million in Federal Recovery Funding for Energy...

December 17, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced that the City of Boston has joined with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in seeking $60 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to support energy efficiency statewide and the Renew Boston Rental Property Retrofit Program. Under the grant proposal, $15 million would support the Renew Boston program with targeted investments along the Blue Hill Avenue corridor utilizing a full compliment of incentives to afford landlords the opportunity to invest in energy efficient upgrades that benefit their tenants. Over 60 percent of corridor residents living in rental housing and many residents spend more than 10 percent of household income on energy. The program will also compliment the city’s green jobs program, including a pending $4 million U.S. Department of Labor Pathways Out of Poverty grant request.

Mayor Menino Celebrates $100,000 Award to Build Green Schools

Roosevelt School the gold standard in sustainability October 16, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mayor Menino today celebrated the Franklin D. Roosevelt K-8 School in...

Going Green: Mayor Menino launches first phase of Renew Boston

June 24, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Strategy sets ambitious goal to reduce City’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40,000 metric tons annually and create 100 green-collar jobs In the third of four major announcements this week to advance the City’s green agenda, Mayor Thomas M. Menino today launched the $200,000 Renew Boston Residential Energy Efficiency Pilot Program in partnership with Next Step Living, Inc., a new Boston-based company that specializes in residential energy efficiency services to lower energy costs for homeowners and green the environment. Joined by Jim Hunt, Chief of Environment and Energy Services for the City of Boston, and Geoff Chapin, CEO of Next Step Living, Mayor Menino congratulated Dorchester resident and homeowner Crystal Haynes for being the first person to take advantage of this innovative partnership.

Green Infrastructure Projects Promise Environmental Results in Ipswich River Watershed

Boston, MA - June 9, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — A series of low-impact development or green infrastructure projects are demonstrating techniques that show promise of improving water quality and stream flow in the Ipswich River Watershed.


AG Healey Secures $2 Million in Restitution for 20,000 Massachusetts Homeowners...

One of the nation’s largest mortgage servicers will pay $2 million in restitution to resolve allegations that it violated state law and committed unfair and deceptive practices by charging Massachusetts homeowners for unnecessary fees and overpriced force-placed insurance policies, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today