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TRC Selected by the State of New Hampshire to Support Distribution of ARRA Funds

Posted December 29, 2009 by

Firm will Manage Program to Select Municipal Energy Efficiency Projects for Funding

LOWELL, MASS. – December 9, 2009

TRC Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRR) today announced that it has been selected by the State of New Hampshire to issue and manage subgrants – worth more than $6 million – to local communities for projects that increase energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance the development of renewable energy systems. The subgrants are funded through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG), which is supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

“The ARRA funds will help entities across New Hampshire reduce their energy use and, ultimately, save money,” said Frank Reilly, TRC’s Vice President of Energy Services. “We look forward to participating in the selection process and supporting the award recipients in an effort to achieve the greatest savings possible.  It is promising to see stimulus funding dedicated to energy efficiency, an area where TRC has considerable expertise and offers a number of services.”

As EECBG Program Manager, TRC will support the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning by:

  • Creating a structure and requirements for the subgrant program;
  • Developing and implementing an application selection process;
  • Educating and informing municipalities about the grant opportunity;
  • Assisting with the award selection process;
  • Overseeing the program’s progress and compliance with state goals; and
  • Collecting and reporting on jobs created and retained, energy saved and emissions reduced.

This project represents an expansion of TRC’s services in New Hampshire. The company is currently supporting the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission and the New Hampshire Department of Education to document and analyze the energy use and associated carbon emissions for K-12 public and private schools across the State. The results will help the State reach its greenhouse gas reduction goals and determine which efficiency programs have the greatest impact.


EBC Board Member, Leo Pierre Roy, Serves as EBC Delegate at UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen

Posted December 15, 2009 by

Read about Leo’s experience and the UN Climate Change Conference on his blog: http://www.vhb.com/blog/

VHB Principal and Managing Director of Environmental and Energy Services, Leo Pierre Roy, LEED AP will be representing the Environmental Business Council of New England at the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15), December 7-18 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

A nationally recognized leader in environmental and energy management, Leo has been sharing his thoughts on climate change and environmental issues on VHB’s Thought Leaders Blog and will continue with daily updates from Copenhagen. Follow to find out what’s happening at the global climate conference. We welcome you to share your thoughts and start a dialogue with Leo.

President Obama and at least 65 other world leaders and participants from 192 countries will also be in Copenhagen, looking to set the framework for a new global warming treaty to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.


Bioengineering Group Honored as the Fastest Growing Company of 2009 at the Sixth Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business

Posted December 9, 2009 by

Salem, MA – November 30, 2009 – Bioengineering Group, a woman-owned science and engineering consulting and design firm, was honored as the Fastest Growing Company of 2009 at the sixth annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. The Massachusetts-based company was recognized for doubling its staff size and sales in 2008–achieving a 100% increase in revenue and scaling up from 34 to 72 employees. Bioengineering Group founder and CEO, Wendi Goldsmith, accepted the award during award ceremonies held recently in New York City.

“Our entire Bioengineering Group team is honored to win this Stevie Award, and fortunate to have grown during most of our 18 years in business. Having also felt the pain of an entrepreneurial near-death experience, I am especially grateful to be growing during today’s rough economy,” said Goldsmith. “I believe our current outstanding growth stems from our conviction and success in sustainable design which is in high demand from our clients. We see interest in sustainability continuing to expand in the future, and hope that trend brings continued opportunity not only to our firm, but to all who embrace it.”

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run – worldwide. This year’s winners were selected from over 1,110 nominations across 54 categories. In addition to their award for Fastest Growing Company of the Year, Bioengineering Group and Goldsmith were named as finalists in three other categories: Best Entrepreneur – Service Business, Environmental Stewardship Program of the Year, and Website of the Year.

Bioengineering Group Honored as Fastest Growing Company of the Year

“This Award is a major achievement,” said Michael Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards. “We congratulate Bioengineering Group for their impressive business model. It means that independent business executives from all over the world recognize the firm’s success.”

Proponents of early adoption of sustainable technologies, applying a proven tailored interdisciplinary approach to solving problems, Bioengineering Group is known by clients as a leader in ecologically-sensitive development and public infrastructure work. Current projects of the firm include providing engineering, program management, and construction management on the largest design-build civil works project in US history–the $1.3 billion Inner Harbor Navigation Canal project now in construction to provide hurricane protection for the City of New Orleans. The firm is also providing design, environmental consulting, and sustainable site planning for private corporations, institutions, and public agencies on large-scale projects.

About The Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.

About Bioengineering Group

Bioengineering Group is a woman-owned science and engineering consulting and design firm headquartered in Salem, Massachusetts. The firm of 75 provides a full range of science, engineering, landscape architecture, and construction management services with a mission of “Building sustainable communities on an ecological foundation”. Their project work spans planning and design for sites such as public works facilities, academic campuses, and day care centers, with a long track record in green methods for landfill closure, highway stormwater management, and flood control solutions featuring habitat restoration and watershed health. While primarily federal contractors, they work for a range of public and private clients seeking to successfully embrace sustainable design for large-scale public infrastructure and development projects. For more information about Bioengineering Group, visit www.bioengineering.com.


Costello Demolition Wins Environmental & Recycling Award

Posted December 8, 2009 by

The first ever Demolition Awards dinner were a night to remember at the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam, on November 6 2009, Lindsay Gale, KHL Group reports.

The number of entries submitted for a “first-time” event was astounding, making the judging panel’s deliberations particularly challenging. However, during the judging meeting held in Amsterdam in early September there was little dissension concerning the determination of the winners of the various categories.

Despite the fact that discussions over several of the categories were spirited, the final determinations were unanimous. Because of the number of entries received and their overall high standard, it was felt that the judges ought to be able to make subsidiary awards when two or more entries were of almost equal standard and thus were born the “Highly Commended” awards – a total of seven of these were made in addition to the 12 main awards.

Demolition Awards – the winners at a glance

Demolition Company of the Year: Safedem

Highly Commended: Cantillon Ltd

Demolition Contract of the Year: Keltbray

Highly Commended: Carl Bolander & Sons, McGee Group

Demolition Safety Award: DH Griffin of Texas

Demolition Training Award: Dorton Group

Highly Commended: Cuddy Group

Demolition Personality Award: Dr Dietrich Korth, ASCO GmbH

Environmental & Recycling Award: Costello Demolition

Explosive Demolition Award: Safedem

Industrial Demolition Award: General Smontaggi

Urban Demolition: Keltbray

Innovation Award-Series Product: Volvo

Highly Commended: Omlock

Innovation Award: Rusch Special Products

Highly Commended: Liebherr France SAS, Kocurek Excavators Ltd

Service & Support Award – Liebherr France SAS

The event itself went off without a hitch, always pleasing for a first time event, and the attendees were impressed with the slickness of its organisation. The Okura Hotel provided a magnificent venue, and the professionalism of its staff greatly aided the organisation of the event.

As always with a first time event, it became clear that the Award categories needs to be “tweaked” somewhat. The criteria that the judges will use to assess next year’s entries will be refined and explained more clearly across all the existing categories, and a new category will be introduced that will cover demolition during civil engineering works on projects such as bridges, roads etc.

The Demolition Award is organised by the European Demolition Association and D&Ri Magazine. www.eda-demolition.com


GEI Consultants, Inc Enters into a Master Services Agreement (MSA) with National Grid

Posted December 2, 2009 by

GLASTONBURY, Conn. – November 19, 2009 – GEI Consultants, Inc., one of the nation’s leading environmental, geotechnical, water resources, and ecological science and engineering firms, announced today that it has entered into a Master Services Agreement (MSA) with National Grid, one of the largest utility companies in the nation. National Grid chose GEI to provide environmental assessment and remediation activities at multiple sites within the company’s territory, including New England, New Jersey and New York. Many of the sites are former manufactured gas plant (MGP) sites.

National Grid manages a mature, multi-faceted program to address the environmental, financial and regulatory liabilities associated with former MGP sites in six states. As a primary program consultant, GEI will provide consulting services to assist in ensuring compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws, regulations and statutes. GEI’s specific services include program management, environmental assessments, risk characterizations, feasibility studies, remedial design, construction support, field representation, and operation, maintenance and monitoring.

“We look for a consultant that will be our partner. The company must understand our business, recognize who our stakeholders are, and be available at all times,” said Chuck Willard, site investigation and remediation program manager for National Grid. “We continue to work with GEI because we know we’re getting personalized attention from professionals throughout the company.”
National Grid is committed to the protection and enhancement of the environment, and continues to seek new ways to minimize the environmental impact of their past, present and future activities. As a primary consultant on the MSA, GEI’s goals are to also ensure a safe environment, while providing new and cost-effective solutions for remediation and reuse.

GEI has recently made significant additions to its staff and broadened its geographic coverage in the National Grid operating territories in order to optimally support this program. This includes the addition of five new senior MGP experts with extensive experience in remediation of sites in the Northeast, expansion of staff and facilities in Boston, Glastonbury, Connecticut, Mount Laurel and Montclair, New Jersey and Huntington Station, Long Island, as well as the establishment of a new office in Ithaca, New York, to better serve the National Grid program in Upstate New York.

“GEI is in business to deliver professional services of exceptional value to our clients, and we are focused on understanding and adapting to our clients business objectives and needs,” said Frank Leathers, P.E., president and chairman of the board for GEI Consultants. “Because of our history working with National Grid and its predecessors, GEI understands the importance of providing exceptional consulting services, including strategic approaches to program management as well as individual site management and engineering. We share National Grid’s commitment to returning contaminated lands to productive reuse.”

About GEI Consultants, Inc.

GEI’s multi-disciplined team of engineers and scientists deliver integrated geotechnical, environmental, water resources and ecological solutions to diverse clientele nationwide.The firm has provided a broad range of consulting and engineering services on over 25,000 projects in 50 states and 22 countries.