Regional Information in Massachusetts

“More To Explore” in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts — part of the Visitor Information Network System. Offers visitor’s guide, links to tour operators and meeting planners, event calendar, maps, business services, more.

Valley Advocate — Online edition of the Valley Advocate weekly newspaper. News, events, dining, culture, classified ads.

Western Massachusetts On-line Community: virtual-valley.com — local web portal. Offers links to local sites, restaurant menus, events, music, community chat, business services, classified ads, more.

Political Organizations

Clean Car Campaign — national campaign coordinated by state, regional and national environmental organizations promoting a clean revolution in the motor vehicle industry.

Co-op America — “Practical steps for using your consumer and investor power for social change.” Sustainable living tips for individuals and businesses, information about boycotts, ‘Green Pages’ searchable business directory.

Transportation Links in Massachusetts

MassBike Pioneer Valley — bicycling advocacy group, “promoting the bicycle as a safe, healthful, enjoyable, efficient, and environmentally sound means of transportation for the Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts.” Resources include bicycling tips, government contacts, newsletters.

Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition — MassBike Online – advocacy group with information on bicycling laws, transit programs, political initiatives.

Regional Travel Information Center — site offering traffic information for Route 116 and the Route 9 construction corridor, facts about commuting alternatives, upcoming events, and other information for travelers in the Route 9 corridor, and tips for avoiding construction delays.

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) — All the information necessary for using the Pioneer Valley bus system, including maps, schedules, fares and bike rack information.

Business Development Resources in Massachusetts

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission — “The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is an advisory body to member communities and to private business groups, performing research and analysis services in a wide range of planning areas.”

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center — provides management assistance, counseling and training to current and prospective small business owners in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Small Business Educational Resources — part of Business Utility Zone Gateway, a portal site for Massachusetts businesses. Offers a wealth of information and free tools for small business owners, as well as B2B networking.

 

Socially Conscious Investing

Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire Service — corporate responsibility and sustainability press releases, reports and news. Events, educational resources.

Institutional Shareowner — corporate social research, mutual funds and community investing information, shareowner action resources, investor tools.

Shareholder Action Network — a clearinghouse of information and resources empowering shareholders and supporting socially resposible investing.

SocialFunds.com — comprehensive personal finance site devoted to socially responsible investing. Mutual funds, community investments, research, Social Investment Indexes.

Social Investment Forum — provides research information and resources to assist in finding socially responsible investments. Includes guide to aid newcomers.

SRINews.com — Social Investment Newswire. News, emailed news alerts, investment indicator reports, mutual funds information kit.

Housing and Sustainable Development Resources in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Rural Development Council – “The Massachusetts Rural Development Council, Inc., (MRDC) a not for profit corporation, serves as a partnership between the national government, Massachusetts state government, municipalities, private for-profit and private not-for-profit sectors to provide development opportunities for rural Massachusetts residents. It is dedicated to improving the quality of life in rural Massachusetts while preserving the characteristics that give rural communities their unique sense of place.”

Franklin Regional Council of Governments – “The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) is a regional municipal services and planning organization based in the upper Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts.”

The Center for Rural Massachusetts – studying and promoting controlled growth in rural Massachusetts. Site includes summaries of research projects.

Alternative Energy Information and Resources for Massachusetts

Brower & Company – Energy and Environmental Consulting — conducts research on energy and environmental issues. Focus on wind mapping and GIS, renewable energy and electrical utilities, and population, consumption and the environment.

Earth Share of New England — (formerly the Environmental Federation of New England) — a coalition of environmental organizations working to protect and preserve natural resources and public health. Works to foster environmental philanthropy through public education and workplace giving.

Mass Energy Consumers Alliance — nonprofit consumer advocacy organization. Offers discount energy efficient products and is working to pool consumer demand for clean, renewable power. Online product catalog available.

Wind Resource Assessment of Western and Central Massachusetts — maps of wind speed in Western Massachusetts and a PDF file.

Renewable Energy Research Laboratory – UMass –“The Renewable Energy Research Laboratory (RERL) exists to promote education and research in solar and wind energy conversion technologies.” Site includes research notes, “Wind Energy Explained”, software simulation tools, links to other renewable energy programs.

 

Funding sources and examples of funded projects in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust — organization to promote the development of renewable energy in the Commonwealth. Site includes links to projects, articles and editorials, and “Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy – 2001” a downloadable report.

Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development — Division of Municipal Development; development funding programs.

EPA New England Grants and Funding — information about funding, doing business with the EPA, and general environmental accounting information.

EPA New England Press Releases — some examples of grants made recently.

Massachusetts Office of Business Development – Finance and Tax Incentives — general loan programs for business development.

Massachusetts Small Business Association – Financing — local financing information.