DATE CHANGE: HCG Purchasing Co-op offers local teachers hands-on opportunity to choose school and art supplies
Update: Due to inclement weather, the dates have been rescheduled. School supplies will now take place on Wednesday, March 14th, and Arts & Crafts will be Thursday, March 15th. HCG Purchasing Co-op offers local schools a chance to save time, money, and effort through the General School and Arts & Crafts Supplies bids. On Wednesday, March 7th, and Thursday March 8th (weather permitting), local teachers and school staff will participate in awarding those items that will yield the best value. The process allows them to physically test and evaluate each product, and decide which supplies they choose to make available for purchase through these bids.
HCG is excited to announce the addition of Hampden County’s first Healthy Bones & Balance class beginning March 14th at the RiverMills Chicopee Senior Center. Chicopee joins 27 other sites in the Pioneer Valley in offering this acclaimed program.
HCG is expanding its services to the community by launching the Western Massachusetts Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) Trust. The program saves public entities time and money in funding their retiree healthcare obligations. The Western MA OPEB Trust is open to all public entities in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester counties.
HCG is expanding its commitment to local, alternative energy by launching an Alternative Energy Certificate (AEC) brokerage service, providing additional financial incentives to green heating and cooling system users. Anyone who has recently installed, or is considering installing, a renewable heating and cooling system is encouraged to contact HCG to learn how to maximize their clean energy investment. The types of systems that may qualify for this service are: solar hot water, pellet central heating systems, woodchip boilers, compost heat exchange, air source heat pumps, and geothermal.
HCG is thrilled to once again be supporting the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. HCG is bringing two great efforts together in order to facilitate more donations and community involvement. On Monday, HCG is welcoming Monte’s March home by partnering with Lavery Greenfield’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive.
HCG is pleased to announce that RSVP of the Pioneer Valley was awarded a competitive $110,000 Senior Corps expansion grant. Fifty grants were given out nationwide, and HCG received the only one in Massachusetts.
HCG has steadily been fulfilling its pledge to remain in the Paris Agreement by combating climate change across Western Massachusetts and beyond. HCG has expanded its longstanding renewable energy projects and has launched additional innovative power initiatives, with even more in the works.
HCG is kicking off the first round of a solar thermal campaign via a new grant awarded by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) through the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water program. The $141,875 grant will fund three rounds of regional solar thermal outreach campaigns. After a vigorous vetting process, HCG has been chosen to lead the pilot campaign expected to run from Fall 2017 into the first quarter of 2018, with campaigns in the Greater Boston area led by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Merrimack Planning Commission following later in 2018.
HCG is excited to announce a new grant awarded by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) through the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water program. The $141,875 grant will fund three rounds of regional solar thermal outreach campaigns.