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Environmental Business Council of New England Announces Winners of “Best Places to Work” Challenge

Posted September 29, 2008 by

September 19, 2008 – Boston, MA – The Environmental Business Council of New England announces the winners of the second annual “Best Places to Work” challenge. The participant companies were ranked in five categories: entrepreneurial-size, small-size, medium-size, large-size and most environmentally conscious company.  The winners were chosen based on data gathered by the EBC through member company personalized surveys, which all employees from each company were invited to complete. Winners were chosen in each of the five categories and announced at the EBC Annual Meeting on September 19, 2008.

The winner in the entrepreneurial company category was BlueWave Strategies, LLC of Boston, a company dedicated to executing and crafting environmentally sound real-estate policies and development projects, while increasing profitability and sustainability for both the developers and communities.

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc., of Marlborough, was named the winner in the small size company category. Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. is known for their commitment to consulting companies in all of their environmental, health & safety management needs; allowing clients to meet regulatory requirements and provide safe working environments for their employees.

For the second year, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. of Boston claimed the top prize for a medium size company. Geosyntec scientists, engineers and various business innovators work with  technology driven business sectors to provide assessment and consulting throughout various phases of site development, design, restoration and clean-up. Their scientific and regulatory knowledge allows their clients to proceed with projects in an environmentally safe manner.

Triumvirate Environmental of Somerville was declared the winner for a second year in the large company category. Triumvirate specializes in hazardous waste management services for top clients in the healthcare, life science, education and industrial sectors. With experts in field services and consulting, Triumvirate has the ability to provide clients, not only with hands on service, but also with the tools and knowledge necessary to navigate through various regulations in order to maintain environmentally sound institutions and businesses.

The award for most environmental conscious company went to Mackie Shea O’Brien P.C. of Boston, for a second year. This environmental law firm provides experienced counsel in areas such as land use law and related litigation. Practice areas include renewable energy, water, real estate, hazardous waste and many more. Their dedication to community and providing clients with knowledge in regulatory compliance, allows this firm to thrive in the environmental sector.

Not only did the winning companies receive recognition through various EBC publications, each was also given the EBC 2008 “Best Places to Work” stamp of approval logo which can be used by these companies on their websites and marketing materials.  With this outstanding award, the companies will have the opportunity to take pride in their environmentally friendly business practices and endeavors while also attracting future employees.

The surveys, created by the Environmental Business Council, provided insight into overall attitudes surrounding the various work environments of the companies that participated. Employess gave valuable information regarding their own performance, whether or not they feel valued in their job, improvements their company could make and what their company does well. The top five areas that employees felt their company did well in were: flexibility, growth and training, communication, recognition of employee’s hard work, and hiring top notch employees.

The survey highlighted the top six areas that employees felt were most important to them: compensation and benefits, mentoring, improved meeting environments, a telecommuting option, a need to hire more staff, and improved technology.

When deciding to remain with a company or organization and continue to perform at their best, employees surveyed indicated the following top five reasons: feeling valued, alignment with goals of company, co-worker trust, work engagement and effective team environment.

Over the past two years feeling valued has been a top priority and motivator for employees. Even when asked if monetary compensation or benefits would take precedent over feeling valued it was determined that feeling valued remained the top priority.

The mission of the EBC is to advance and promote the environmental and energy services and technology businesses in New England by supporting sustainable environmental policies and practices for business and government. For membership information and to learn more about the EBC, please contact Danielle Pillion at 617-725-0207.

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Wendi Goldsmith Named to National Women’s Business Council

Posted September 29, 2008 by

Washington, DC – Wendi Goldsmith, President and Founder of Salem, MA-based The Bioengineering Group, Inc., has been appointed to a three-year term on the National Women’s Business Council.  Founded in 1992, Bioengineering Group has grown from a firm with one employee to a firm with over 45 employees and offices in Massachusetts, Louisiana, New Jersey, and North Carolina.  The firm provides a range of science, engineering, landscape planning, design, and construction services featuring environmentally sustainable solutions to common needs.

The National Women’s Business Council is a bi-partisan Federal government council that serves as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners.  The Council’s mission is to promote bold initiatives, policies and programs designed to support women’s business enterprises at all stages of development in the public and private sector marketplaces — from start-up to success to significance.  Members of the Council are prominent women business owners and leaders of women’s business organizations.

“As the owner of a successful, multi-state research and development firm, Wendi Goldsmith adds to the talent, experience, and leadership demonstrated by the Council,” said Carole Jean Jordan, Chair of the National Women’s Business Council and Co-Founder of Jordan Sprinkler Systems.  “We’re proud of Ms. Goldsmith’s accomplishments in the science-related fields, and look forward to further diversifying the industries represented on the NWBC.”

Under Goldsmith’s leadership, the Bioengineering Group has performed research and development contracts, training programs, and design work for clients such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Parks Service.  Ms. Goldsmith has provided expert testimony and has led numerous training workshops for academic, professional, and public agency audiences.  She has also lectured at the Harvard School of Design and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as many other universities, focusing on programs to foster women in science and engineering.  Bioengineering Group has won national and international awards for its projects that exemplify the firm’s mission statement “Building sustainable communities on an ecological foundation.”  In addition,  Wendi led the 1999 establishment of a non-profit organization, the Center for Urban Watershed Renewal (CUWR), a 501c(3) charitable foundation dedicated to promoting ecological stewardship in the most degraded and impacted urban areas, including contaminated and abandoned sites.

“Being asked to serve on the National Women’s Business Council is a deep honor,” said Goldsmith.  “I look forward to working with the Council and using my experience as a successful business owner to promote federal policies that support women entrepreneurs, and welcome the platform for sharing ideas about women involved in sustainable design.”

“Congratulations to Ms. Goldsmith on her appointment to the National Women’s Business Council,” said Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.  “I nominated Ms. Goldsmith for this position based on her dedication and professionalism.  Her Bioengineering Group has received the recognition and government contracts it rightly deserves. From her integral role in helping to restore the damaged levees in New Orleans to the work she does right here in Massachusetts every day, Ms. Goldsmith’s commitment to her business and leadership in women’s entrepreneurship is truly admirable.”

As the nation’s advocate for the more than 10.6 million women-owned businesses in the U.S., the National Women’s Business Council works to promote increased access to affordable health care, access to capital, access to federal contracts and international markets, and access to the information and expertise women business owners most need to succeed.  Women-owned businesses currently represent nearly half (48%) of all U.S. firms, employing 19.1 million people and generating nearly $2.5 trillion in sales.

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MA EOEEA Releasing Ocean Planning Alerts

Posted September 26, 2008 by

As directed in the Oceans Act of 2008, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) is undertaking a first-in-the-nation effort to develop a comprehensive plan to manage development in state ocean waters. To keep the public fully informed this process, EEA will be releasing these Ocean Planning Alerts, along with a quarterly electronic newsletter (both also available in print). To get on the mailing list for these products, and for direct notice of public meetings, please email oceanplan@state.ma.us. In the near future, the EEA web page will provide information about all aspects of the ocean planning process.

Listening Sessions

The ocean plan development process is just beginning, and the first step is to go out to the public and hear from Commonwealth citizens on their goals for the ocean plan. These public meetings will be held throughout the state, beginning in mid-September and continuing throughout October.

The first listening session is scheduled for Thursday, September 18, at 7:00 p.m. in Boston’s Faneuil Hall.

Other listening sessions will be scheduled shortly and will be in the following communities (subject to venue availability):
Salisbury
Gloucester
Salem
Weymouth
Scituate/Norwell
Plymouth
New Bedford/Wareham
Fall River
Martha’s Vineyard – Oak Bluffs
Nantucket
Falmouth/Wood’s Hole
Barnstable/Hyannis
Orleans
Worcester
Lowell
Springfield
Pittsfield

Coming soon: Web site for public input – EEA is also working to develop a website to enable public input and provide on-line links to ocean-plan related information.

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Normandeau Associates, Inc. Awarded Services Contract by PPL Corporation for Brunner Island

Posted September 18, 2008 by

Stowe, Pennsylvania – September 18, 2008. Normandeau Associates was recently awarded a contract by PPL Corporation (PPL) to monitor Susquehanna River fish and macroinvertebrate aquatic communities near the PPL Brunner Island power plant, a large coal-fired station located in York Haven, Pennsylvania. PPL entered into a Consent Order and Agreement (COA) with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) in 2006 to construct and operate cooling towers at the station. The cooling towers will operate during the warmer months to eliminate the thermal effects of the cooling water discharged back to the river. A portion of the COA also stipulated seasonal biomonitoring of the aquatic communities to evaluate responses to cooling tower operations. The COA identified these conditions for the subsequent NPDES permit period through 2013. Normandeau Associates worked with PPL to develop a study plan for the summer and winter biomonitoring for submittal and approval by the PADEP. Historical fish and invertebrate data collected by Normandeau Associates were used to develop biotic indices that would form part of the evaluation of cooling tower effectiveness. The study plan was approved by the PADEP in 2008 and monitoring has commenced. The cooling towers are expected to begin operation in the spring of 2010. The evaluation period will occur over five years, including two years of pre-tower operation (2008-09 to 2009-10) and three years of post-tower operation (2010-11 to 2012-13).

About Normandeau Associates, Inc.

Normandeau Associates, Inc., in business for over 35 years, is an employee-owned company known throughout the U.S. for its technical excellence and outstanding client service. The Company specializes in natural resource management, water quality monitoring and modeling, dredge monitoring, habitat restoration, environmental monitoring, and public involvement and community outreach. Normandeau provides services across several market sectors including transportation, ports and waterways, hydropower, gas transmission, energy, NGO’s, Federal, state and municipal. Normandeau Associates was founded in 1970 as a privately owned company. In July 2000, the company became employee-owned. Company management believes that employee ownership will further enhance technical excellence and ability to solve client environmental problems effectively and efficiently. Our professional team works closely with clients, regulators and communities to seek solutions that enhance economic development, meet regulatory requirements, actively involve stakeholders, and protect and restore our natural resources and water quality. For more information about Normandeau Associates, Inc. visit our website at www.normandeau.com.

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Normandeau Associates, Inc. Awarded Hydroacoustics Studies by the New York Power Authority

Posted September 18, 2008 by

Bedford, New Hampshire – September 17, 2008 – Normandeau Associates has been awarded a contract by the New York Power Authority (NYPA). Under this contract Normandeau Associates will evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of a high-frequency acoustic barrier for guiding juvenile blueback herring through bypass routes at the Crescent Hydroelectric Project during their migration down the Mohawk River, New York. Normandeau Associates will lead the hydroacoustic studies of Juvenile Blueback Herring using fixed-location and mobile hydroacoustic surveys, as well as Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) technology.

About Normandeau Associates, Inc.

Normandeau Associates, Inc., in business for over 35 years, is an employee-owned company known throughout the U.S. for its technical excellence and outstanding client service. Normandeau Associates specializes in natural resource management, water quality monitoring and modeling, dredge monitoring, habitat restoration, environmental monitoring, and public involvement and community outreach. Normandeau Associates provides services across several market sectors including transportation, ports and waterways, hydropower, gas transmission, energy, NGO’s, Federal, state and municipal. Normandeau Associates was founded in 1970 as a privately owned company. In July 2000, the company became employee-owned. Company management believes that employee ownership will further enhance technical excellence and ability to solve client environmental problems effectively and efficiently. Our professional team works closely with clients, regulators and communities to seek solutions that enhance economic development, meet regulatory requirements, actively involve stakeholders, and protect and restore our natural resources and water quality. For more information about Normandeau Associates, Inc. visit our website at www.normandeau.com.

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