Green Living

Resources & Links

GoGreen connects you to the information, resources, and tools that will help you reduce your carbon footprint, achieve a more eco-friendly lifestyle, and participate in consumerism that preserves communities and natural resources.

There are many non-profits listed throughout the Directory and below are state and regional resources for learning more about specific topics. Check back often as new resources become available.

Food

Chef's Collaborative - A national chef network that 's changing the sustainable food landscape using the power of connections, education and responsible buying decisions.

Green Restaurant Association - A national non-profit organization that provides a convenient and cost-effective way for restaurants, manufacturers, distributors, and consumers to become more environmentally responsible

Mass Farmers Markets - Partners with farmers, consumers, and communities to foster, enhance and sustain farmers market in Massachusetts in order to improve regional farm viability, consumer nutrition, and community social and economic development.

NOFA: Northeast Organic Farm Association
- NOFA/Mass is a community including farmers, gardeners, landscapers and consumers working to educate members and the general public about the benefits of local organic systems based on complete cycles, natural materials, and minimal waste for the health of individual beings, communities and the living planet.

The Massachusetts Specialty Foods Association - A statewide non-profit organization that serves as a resource to and advocate for the Massachusetts specialty foods industry, supporting the commitment to excellence and the entrepreneurial spirit that contributes to the uniqueness and quality of Massachusetts specialty foods.


Green Building Resources

EPA Green Building Site - The Environmental Protection Agency's Green Building resource.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) - An internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

US Green Building Council - A non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.


Product Certifications

Green Seal - A non-profit organization that uses science-based programs to empower consumers, purchasers and companies to create a more sustainable world.

USDA Organic - Regulates the standards for any farm, wild crop harvesting, or handling operation that wants to sell an agricultural product as organically produced.


Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Information and Incentives

Database of State (MA)Incentives for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (DSIRE) - Find rebates and incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency upgrades.

MASS SAVE - Mass Save makes it easy for you make smart choices and be more energy independent. Explore the resources available here and experience your power to choose.


Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Earth 911 -One-stop shop for information about reducing your impact, reusing what you’ve got and recycling your trash.

Mass DEP Recycle - Nearly all Massachusetts cities and towns offer their residents the opportunity to recycle. Learn more about recycling programs in your community.

MassRecycle - MassRecycle is a statewide coalition of individuals, governments, businesses, institutions and non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting and realizing the vital environmental, social and economic benefits created by reducing, reusing, and recycling waste materials, and by increasing the utilization of recycled products.

South Shore Recycling Cooperative -The South Shore Recycling Cooperative was established in 1998 to help member towns improve their recycling programs, and reduce the quantity, toxicity and cost of disposal.