Recognition and Press


HEET’s 2010 EPA award

In The News

In An Unlikely Partnership, Local Environmentalists And Utilities Work Together To Reduce Gas Leaks

MA Attorney General Maura Healey congratulates HEET on the Large Volume Leak study.

WGBH radio  Nov., 2017

On a quiet road in Lexington, Jason Taylor held a device that looked like a stick with a suction cup at the end, and slowly waved it low over the ground like a metal detector at the beach. But what he was looking for is a natural gas leak. “So it starts somewhere around here,” he said as the device started to beep. He put it in a hole in the dirt lane and the numbers on the detector started climbing.

There’s a New Tool in the Fight to Seal the State’s Gas Leaks
Boston Globe,  Oct., 2017

The gas companies still must prove that they will actually use the findings of the FluxBar to patch their larger leaks. ““My hope is that the FluxBar will make it possible to reduce the problem, at the least cost and disruption,”,” said Audrey Schulman, president of HEET, a Cambridge nonprofit that helped develop the device.

Council Ordinance Works to Eliminate Gas Leaks in Boston

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Cambridge Mayor David Maher cut the ribbon for the HEET solar installation on North Bennet St. School.

Beacon Hill Times,  Jan. 2017

Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) and Boston University scientists will be working with Columbia Gas and Eversource over the next six months to study the best methodologies to find super-emitters. Audrey Schulman, the president of HEET, said currently utilities have no friendly grading system that measures high volume gas leaks based on environmental impacts and not safety.

Boston City Councilor Proposes Crackdown on Utility Companies
New England Cable Network,  Dec. 2016

“It makes me angry about the waste. It’s like going to a gas station and filling up your car and the nozzle dribbles all over the ground and you have to pay for it.” —Audrey Schulman

Senator Warren Praises HEET

National Grid's past Mass. President Marcy Reed speaks with HEET's Debbie New about HEET's Large Volume Leak study.

National Grid’s former MA President Marcy Reed speaks with HEET’s Debbie New about HEET’s Large Volume Leak study.

South Coast Today,  Nov. 2016

“Thanks to data collected by the Home Energy Efficiency Team, we know that in 2015 there were over 1,400 unrepaired natural gas leaks in Boston, over 400 in Weymouth, and over 500 in Springfield. Across the Commonwealth, a whopping 15,000 leaks still require repair, and many have been leaking for decades.” —Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Missing Gas Leaks Raising Questions
Boston Globe, Jun. 2016

“This suggests that the utilities aren’t doing a good job tracking leaks,” said Audrey Schulman, president of the Home Energy Efficiency Team, or HEET, a Cambridge nonprofit that analyzed the data. “If they don’t have them on their books, they’re not monitoring them, and if they’re left unmonitored, leaks get worse.”

Legislation May Force Utilities to Fix Gas Leaks Quicker

HEET receives a City of Cambridge GoGreen award.

Boston Globe  June 20, 2016

“The bill is needed, because the gas wasted by these leaks is potentially explosive, hurts human health, kills trees, damages the climate, and we ratepayers have to pay for the wasted gas,” said Audrey Schulman, president of the Home Energy Efficiency Team, or HEET, a Cambridge nonprofit. She urged the utilities to do more to repair the so-called super-emitters. “Fixing these gushers cuts the problem in half in the most cost-effective, least disruptive manner possible,” she said. “It’s a no-brainer.”

Advocates hold birthday party for 30-year-old gas leak
Boston Globe, Sept. 2015

Birthday party for a 30-year-old gas leak

The celebration in Boston on Wednesday featured all the party favors you could hope for on your special day: balloons, glittery cone hats, and a vanilla-frosted cake topped with sugary decorations

But not a match to light the candles for the cake was in sight.

“It’s been there since the Bee Gees,” said Audrey Schulman, president of the Home Energy Efficiency Team, or HEET, a nonprofit based in Cambridge. “That’s a long, long, time ago. And that’s unfair… It’s bad for health, it’s bad for trees, it’s bad for the planet,” said Schulman. “And it’s bad for our wallets.” 

Op-Ed Articles

HEET surveyed gas leaks along Route 9 in Brookline.

Gas leaks continue to spark uproar among residents: The Boston Sun – 8/2016
Utilities should be on the hook for cost of leaks: Boston Globe – 61/2016
State’s natural gas system is moving in the right direction: Boston Globe – 6/2016
20,000 Gas Leaks Cost Consumers And Speed Climate Change: WGBH – 5/2016
Natural gas leaks in region need to be addressed: Guest viewpoint: MassLive – 5/2016
We don’t need Kinder Morgan’s pipeline: Commonwealth – 9/2015
Gas leaks worsen health in cities: Boston Globe – 8/2015
No gas line expansion till repairs are made: Cape Cod Times – 8/2015
More must be done to protect environment, ratepayers: Boston Globe – 8/2015
Fix leaks before building new pipelines: Boston Globe – 8/2015
Pipeline caution best course of action: Boston Globe – 8/2015

Gas Leak Articles

Dorchester utility-reported gas leaks

Gas Leaks Continue to Spark Uproar Among Residents: Beacon Hill Times – 8/2016
Tens of thousands of gas leaks across the state: WCVB-TV Boston – 8/2016
New pipe could help curb gas leaks: Commonwealth – 7/2016
City councilors propose ordinance to fix Boston’s gas leaks: Fox25 – 7/2016
Legislation may force utilities to fix gas leaks quicker: Boston Globe – 6/2016
Boston City Councilor Proposes Crack Down on Utility Companies: NECN – 6/2016
Missing gas leaks raising questions: Boston Globe – 6/2016
Utilities under pressure to fix leaky pipes: Jacksonville Progress – 12/2015
Gas leak survey seeks to improve communication, expedite repairs: WickedLocal Westwood – 12/2015

Dozens of unrepaired gas leaks in town: EnergySolutions – 11/2015
The Environmental Impact of Natural Gas Leaks: CommTank – 9/2015
Cry at Council hearing: Let’s deal with gas leaks in city – right now: Dorchester Reporter – 9/2015
Natural Gas Leaks Plaguing the U.S.: Viable Climate – 9/2015

Gas leaks in Somerville, MA as found using a Picarro high precision natural gas analyzer.

Hundreds of natural gas leaks found in Attleboro area:ABC6 WLNE-TV – 8/2015
Mapping the Invisible: To Find Your Local Natural Gas Leak, Just Zoom In: Inside Climate News – 8/2015
Project reveals 20,000 leaks in Mass. gas lines Boston Globe – 8/2015
Statewide Analysis Uncovers Leaky Mass. Gas Lines: Radio Boston – 8/2015
Hidden danger, cost of gas leaks in Massachusetts: WCVB-TV Boston – 8/2015
Survey finds over 200 natural gas leaks in Attleboro area: Sun Chronicle – 8/2015
Decades-old pipelines leak natural gas across MA: WWLP-22News – 8/2015
Report: Massachusetts riddled with natural gas leaks: Boston Herald – 8/2015
Report: Massachusetts riddled with natural gas leaks FuelFix– 8/2015
20k gas leaks in Mass., report finds: Fox 25 – 8/2015
Thousands of natural gas leaks in state go unrepaired: Enterprise News – 8/2015
Thousands of natural gas leaks in state go unrepaired: Patriot Ledger – 8/2015
Thousands of Mass. gas leaks poison environment, kill trees: The Washington Times – 8/2015

Local Features

HEET helped First Parish Church in Arlington get solar.

Andover: Andover Patch – 8/2015
Arlington: Arlington Patch – 8/2015
Attleboro: ABC6 WLNE-TV – 8/2015
Belmont: Belmont Patch – 8/2015
Beverly: Beverly Patch –8/2015
Boston: North End Patch –8/2015
Boston: South End Patch – 8/2015
Brockton: The Enterprise – 7/12/2016
Brookline: WickedLocal Brookline – 8/2016
Burlington: Burlington Patch –8/2015
Cambridge: WickedLocal Cambridge – 5/2016
Canton: Canton Patch – 8/2015
Charlestown: Charlestown Patch –8/2015
Cohasset: WickedLocal Cohasset – 12/2015
Falmouth: The Falmouth Enterprise – 8/2015

Rev. Mariama White-Hammond at the MIT summit on HEET’s Large Volume Gas Leaks Study

Foxborough: Foxborough Patch – 8/2015
Lexington: WickedLocal Lexington – 8/2015
Lexington: Lexington Patch – 8/2015
Marblehead: Marblehead Patch –8/2015
Marion. Mattapoisset: Sippican VillageSoup – 8/2015
Medford: Medford Patch – 8/2015
Medford: Inside Medford – 8/2015
Milford: Milford Patch – 8/2015
Milton: Milton Patch – 8/2015
Natick: Natick Patch – 8/2015
Needham: Needham Patch – 8/2015
Newton: Newton Patch – 8/2015
Sharon: Sharon Patch – 8/2015
Somerville: Somerville Patch – 8/2015
Stoughton: Stoughton Patch – 8/2015

Soil samples were taken during HEET’s Large Volume Leak Study to learn how soil density affects gas migration.

Swampscott: WickedLocal Swampscott – 9/2015
Tewksbury: Tewksbury Patch – 8/2015
Wakefield: Wakefield Patch – 8/2015
Watertown: WickedLocal Watertown – 9/2015
Wayland: Wayland Patch – 8/2015
Wayland & Weston: WickedLocal Wayland – 9/2015
Weymouth: Weymouth Patch – 8/2015
Wilmington: Wilmington Patch – 8/2015
Winchester: Winchester Patch – 8/2015
West Roxbury: West Roxbury Patch – 8/2015
Woburn: Woburn Patch – 8/2015
Worcester: Worcester Telegram – 8/2015
Worcester: Worcester Telegram – 5/2016
Worcester: Worcester Business Journal – 5/2016

HEET helped North Bennet St School get solar.