Environment

Sleepless in Somerville: Complaints about airplane noise skyrocket, stir up community voices

Increased jet noise is plaguing city residents, who voiced their opposition to Logan Airport flight paths over Somerville in a City Council meeting this September. The cumulative number of city complaints about airplane noise collected by the Massachusetts Port Authority (MassPort)—which owns and operates Logan International Airport, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport—has skyrocketed from […]

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Raise the Green Roof

A Q&A with Recover Green Roofs Co-founder Brendan Shea Tell us about yourself and how you got to the point of founding this company. I started working for a wastewater engineering company that used plants and bacteria to treat wastewater. We were using living systems to provide a traditionally mechanical function for a building.  I […]


Greentown Labs All Stars: Autonomous Marine Systems

When you consider how much of the planet is covered in water, we don’t know all that much about our oceans. Less than five percent of the ocean has been explored, according to Autonomous Marine Systems (AMS) CEO Ravi Paintal. The ways that researchers currently collect ocean data are costly and inefficient, Paintal argues. Most […]


‘No Ph.D. Needed’: How Regular Citizens Can Help Prevent Biodiversity Loss

Only about 12 percent of Americans are literate in ecological issues, according to Claire O’Neill, founder of Somerville-based Earthwise Aware. The environmental advocacy organization’s goal is not to throw money at big beautification projects or to find a miracle solution for climate change and habitat loss, but to make gradual change through learning. “There is […]