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Will Sterling Compost Food Waste?
What do you think composting food waste in Sterling means? How do you think it would be done? There are many approaches to composting, and I’ve been involved in researching the methods that would be the best fit for Sterling. A report commissioned earlier this year describes a primitive, town-managed operation that is wrong… Read more
The Gold in the Garbage
In Winchenden, Massachusetts and Brattleboro, Vermont, food waste generates many $100,000s in revenue. In Sterling, waste management is on track to cost us over $1,000,000 by 2025. Why are we using our resources this way? Garbage is certainly gold for somebody. Why not us? Ten years ago, we were doing a pretty good job of… Read more
Is Trash Eating Too Much Cash?
If garbage collection in Sterling is the same in coming years as in recent past, we may find ourselves spending as much as $705,000 next year for the service. That’s not the biggest town expenditure, but it ain’t hay. If it were hay, we could compost it or feed it to my neighbor Dave’s cows.… Read more
Sterling’s Own Encyclopedia
It was a long time in the writing – and more than a year of reviewing and revising — but Sterling’s Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) is complete, state-approved, and available at the town website and Conant Public Library. That’s actually kind of exciting for all of us, in addition to being a big… Read more
MVP: Keeping Sterling’s Future
What makes Sterling strong? Where is Sterling vulnerable? What are the most important actions to take to keep Sterling strong? How are the answers to those questions affected by our changing climate? In September of 2020, 33 of us in Sterling participated in a workshop to answer these questions about our strengths, vulnerabilities, and priorities.… Read more
Is Residential Solar a Good Deal for Sterling?
by Susan Aldrich Solar installations can be a pretty sweet deal. My solar system generates about a megawatt per month, which is in the ball park of what I use. The bill for my all-electric, 2,000 square foot, net-zero energy house is less than $20 per month, on average. Plus, I get about $4,000 per… Read more
Composting in Sterling
When we put something in the trash, we have decided we’re done with it. We’ve used it up and worn it out. But we are not truly done with it, because trash has to be taken somewhere, by someone, and dealt with in some way. Can we “reuse” that garbage instead? In fact, trash can… Read more
Keeping Sterling Strong
Here in Massachusetts, we didn’t need Coolidge or Eisenhower to remind us of our Yankee mantra: “Use it up, wear it out, make do, do without.” This mantra contains the twin concepts of sustainability and resiliency. Sustainability and resiliency are related, but not the same. Here’s the difference. Imagine a town on the Cape that… Read more
Farm Fresh, Farm Safe
I think we can all agree that food should be: safe to eat, delicious, easy to prepare, and safe and easy to shop for. Up until March this year, each of us had our own idea how to get fed. For most, this involved restaurants, take out and frequent trips to the grocery. Now how… Read more
Keeping Sterling Farms
In 1911 electricity arrived and made Sterling a great location for cider mills. The mills in turn caused a bloom in orchards in our town, orchards we still enjoy today. Fifty years ago, Sterling was known as the Gem of Worcester County. We produced nearly all the Virginia Hams sold on the east coast. We… Read more