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EBC PRESS RELEASE: Block Island Wind Receives 2017 EBC Outstanding Technology Award

Posted May 26, 2017 by

The Environmental Business Council of New England Announces Environmental and Energy Industry Winners of the 24th Annual EBEE Awards

Press Release Contact:
Daniel K. Moon
Executive Director, EBCNE
(617) 262-4050
dmoon@ebcne.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 26, 2017 – Boston, MA – The Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) is pleased to announce that the Block Island Wind project is the recipient of the 2017 EBC Ira W. Leighton, Jr. Outstanding Environmental – Energy Technology Achievement Award.

The 5-turbine Block Island Wind Farm, located roughly three miles off the coast of Block Island, R.I., is America’s first offshore wind farm and has jumpstarted the U.S. offshore wind industry. The wind farm began operations in December 2016 and, at 30 megawatts, produces enough energy to power roughly 17,000 Rhode Island homes.

Each year, the EBC recognizes companies, organizations and individuals for outstanding environmental and energy accomplishments in the promotion of a sustainable, clean environment through the EBEE Awards Celebration. These awards were established by the EBC to encourage companies, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and environmental professionals to serve as models for others to emulate and, in doing so, further the mission and objectives of the EBC.

This award, established by resolution of the Board of Directors on January 15, 2014, recognizes the significant contribution made by Ira Leighton and will be awarded, annually, to an organization or individual(s) for developing  or applying innovative technologies  to  solve problems  or advance the state of the art in the environmental – energy sector. This award will go to “difference makers” because Ira was a difference maker.

Ira Leighton (1945 – 2013) was among the first employees hired at the EPA Boston office in 1972 when the agency was in its infancy. He then went on to meritoriously serve New England and the nation, at EPA, for the next 41 years. As a career civil servant and senior EPA leader, working out of the Region One office in Boston, he made positive impacts on the lives of countless New Englanders and citizens across the United States. His vision helped shape EPA’s reliance on sound science and legal integrity into effective policies to protect the health of all Americans from pollution in the air, water and land.

Ira started working for the U.S. EPA’s Boston office as an engineer, after working at the state and municipal levels. During the 1970’s and 80’s, he worked on solid waste management issues and then on contaminated site clean ups. He was pivotal in shaping EPA’s Superfund program in New England following the 1980 passage of the Superfund law.

In the 1990’s, Ira managed EPA Region One’s enforcement efforts. He fostered an integrated approach, providing assisting regulated entities in understanding environmental obligations and then followed with measured enforcement actions against those that did not comply. For the past 13 years he served as the Deputy Regional Administrator – the senior career official – in EPA’s Region One office, overseeing the Agency’s panoply of programs throughout New England.

The Block Island Wind project will be honored at the Annual EBEE Awards Celebration on June 8 at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts.

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The Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) was established in 1990 by environmental and energy company executives who began meeting on a regular basis to exchange ideas and share experiences. The EBC was the first organization in the United States established to support and foster the development of the environmental industry.  The goal of the EBC is to enhance business and job growth of both established and emerging environmental and energy businesses.  For more information, please contact Ann Gisinger at (617) 505-1818 or ebc@ebcne.org.

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“e” inc.’s Summer Science Discovery Program is Back!

Posted May 23, 2017 by

“e” inc.’s Summer Science Discovery Program is back with all new activities for kids ages 6-12. With a variety of activities – conducting science experiments, building models, observing live specimens, artistic expression, field trips, etc. – there’s something for everyone at “e” inc.! Kids will gain an appreciation for the natural world, as well as learn skills to become environmental stewards. “e” inc. camp is two one-week sessions that run from 9:00am-3:30pm with extended day options. For more information & to register, visit www.einc-action.org

Week 1 (Aug 21-25): Monkeyin’ Around

How many ways can a monkey use its tail? What do you call a group of gorillas? Join “e” inc. as we swing into the wonderful world of primates! Discover all the different types of primates, where they live and how much they have in common with us, humans!

Week 2 (Aug 28-Sep 1): Luv Bugs!

Of all the different animal species living on Earth, 80% of them are insects. Explore the world from a bug’s view and learn about how and where bugs live, some of the world’s weirdest insects, and what the world would be like if we didn’t have any bugs!

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EBC PRESS RELEASE: Covanta Receives 2017 EBC EBEE Award

Posted May 19, 2017 by

The Environmental Business Council of New England Announces Environmental and Energy Industry Winners of the 24th Annual EBEE Awards

Press Release Contact:
Daniel K. Moon
Executive Director, EBCNE
(617) 262-4050
dmoon@ebcne.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 19, 2017 – Boston, MA – The Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) is pleased to announce that Covanta is the recipient of the 2017 EBC John A.S. McGlennon Environmental-Energy Award for Corporate Leadership for their continued commitment to clean energy production, increased recycling, and greenhouse gas reduction.

With the goal of sustainable waste management more relevant than ever, Covanta is meeting this challenge through innovation, ongoing improvement and the pursuit of new growth opportunities. The company’s four Energy-from-Waste facilities in Massachusetts sustainably manage nearly two million tons of municipal solid waste annually, generating nearly one million megawatt hours of electricity – enough for all the homes in Worcester.

Annually, Covanta’s operations offset nearly two million tons of greenhouse gases by avoiding methane emissions from landfills, displacing fossil-fuel-based electrical generation and recovering metals for recycling.

The company has quietly become one of the largest recyclers in the state, recovering approximately 70,000 tons of ferrous metal and over 4,000 tons of non-ferrous metals annually. That’s enough steel to build eight TD Gardens and enough aluminum to make more than 275 million beverage cans every year. In addition, Covanta supports and organizes the proper recycling of mercury-bearing items such as thermostats and thermometers, recovering more than 2,000 pounds since 2009.

Covanta is also an active member of the communities where they operate, supporting a range of local and state organizations – everything from local cleanups and food drives to supporting military veterans. Through Covanta’s Rx4Safety program, the company has provided safe, environmentally sound disposal of medications collected at community-sponsored, drug take-back programs. EfW facilities provide safe destruction of pharmaceuticals that protects water resources and reduces the risk of drugs reaching the wrong hands.

The EBC John A.S. McGlennon Environmental-Energy Award for Corporate Leadership, created by resolution of the Board of Directors in 1994, is presented to a public or private corporation in recognition of their outstanding corporate environmental leadership and contribution to the quality of the environment in New England. Historically, the selected organization is one has had a close working relationship with an EBC member company. To honor and acknowledge the special contribution of John A.S. McGlennon to the protection and enhancement of the environment in New England, a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors on Tuesday, September 10, 2002, advanced the name of this award to the John A. S. McGlennon Environmental Award for Corporate Leadership.

John A.S. McGlennon (August 10, 1935 – December 17, 2015) was a founding director of the EBC in 1990. He graduated from Bowdoin College, Class of 1957 and after active duty in the Army Corps of the U.S. Army, serving as a lieutenant in a tank training battalion, he worked at Aetna Insurance Company for several years. John held staff positions with the Republican State Committee and was appointment secretary to Governor John Volpe. In 1966, he was elected as the Massachusetts State Representative from the Concord/Carlisle district. During his four years in the Legislature, he authorized several of the Commonwealth’s first environmental laws and initiated Article 49 of the state’s constitution, the Conservation Bill of Rights, which assures every citizen the right to a clean environment.

In late 1971, John was sworn in as the first New England Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA – Region 1), newly-created by U.S. President Richard Nixon. In his six years as Regional Administrator, John organized and led the first comprehensive clean up and protection of New England’s natural resources, including efforts to restore Boston Harbor and New England’s major rivers.

After the EPA, John founded and built a successful environmental consulting company, ERM-McGlennon Associates, which became a leader in solving New England’s environmental problems, particularly in the area of hazardous waste and Superfund sites, where he often served as a mediator among conflicting parties.

Covanta will be honored at the Annual EBEE Awards Celebration on June 8 at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts.

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The Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) was established in 1990 by environmental and energy company executives who began meeting on a regular basis to exchange ideas and share experiences. The EBC was the first organization in the United States established to support and foster the development of the environmental industry.  The goal of the EBC is to enhance business and job growth of both established and emerging environmental and energy businesses.  For more information, please contact Ann Gisinger at (617) 505-1818 or ebc@ebcne.org.

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Presentation Added: Coastal Construction Case Studies

Posted May 17, 2017 by

The available presentations from the EBC Ocean and Coastal Resources Management Program: Coastal Construction Case Studies completed on May 17, 2017, can be viewed below. Presentations are not available for download.

Final Agenda – EBC Ocean and Coastal Resources Management Program – Coastal Construction Case Studies

To view, simply scroll through the embedded PDF below.

05-17-17 MASTER EBC Ocean and Coastal Resouces Management Program – Coastal Construction Case Studies by ebcne on Scribd

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MassCEC – Expressions of Interest – Community Microgrids Program

Posted May 15, 2017 by

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s (MassCEC) Community Microgrids Program seeks to catalyze the development of community microgrids throughout Massachusetts to lower customer energy costs, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and provide increased energy resilience.

The program intends to award funding for feasibility assessments to advance proposed microgrid projects through the early project origination stages and attract third party investment to these opportunities. Community Microgrid Feasibility Assessment Grant Applicants must either have the capacity to carry out the feasibility study with a pre-identified team of their own, or may opt to receive a technical and financial assessment from a Technical Consultant contracted by MassCEC to perform such assessments.

MassCEC is soliciting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from groups interested in participating in feasibility assessments for community microgrid projects across the Commonwealth. Respondents may include municipalities and their public works departments, electric distribution companies, municipal light plants, emergency services departments, owners of critical infrastructure such as hospitals and financial institutions, self-organized groups of commercial building owners, developers or any other actor that either owns property within a potential microgrid or can demonstrate that they represent stakeholders with the capability of developing a community microgrid. The Request for EOIs will help MassCEC and other stakeholders identify projects which are attractive to the relevant local authorities, electric and/or gas utility, and have a strong likelihood of success.

MassCEC seeks to support multi-user community microgrids, located in Massachusetts, that meet a range of objectives including reducing GHG emissions, enabling the integration of renewable energy sources, supporting the local distribution system, and providing energy resilience for critical facilities during electrical grid outages. Respondent teams must include support from the local government and the relevant electric or gas distribution company.

Completed Expressions of Interest must be submitted to microgrids@masscec.com, and “Community Microgrids Feasibility Assessments – EOI” must appear in the email subject line. Completed Expressions of Interest must be received by Friday, June 23, 2017 by 4:00pm.

Application Document(s):

Request for Expressions of Interest

Attachment A: Expression of Interest Cover Sheet

Attachment B: Signature and Acceptance Form

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