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ASA Founder Elected First President of Northeast Regional Association for Coastal Ocean Observing Systems

Posted January 26, 2009 by

NARRAGANSETT, RI – Malcolm Spaulding, ASA’s Chairman and founder, professor of ocean engineering, and director of the Center of Excellence in Undersea Technology at the University of Rhode Island, was elected the first president of the Northeast Regional Association for Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS).

NERACOOS was established to network and expand the existing observation and prediction capacities of multiple institutions and agencies throughout New England and Maritime Canada. NERACOOS is one of eleven U.S. regional associations developed to support NOAA’s comprehensive IOOS program (U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System) to ensure the sustained observation of the nation’s coastal oceans. The region includes the coastal waters of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

NERACOOS, like IOOS, plays a vital role in tracking, predicting, managing, and adapting to changes in the coastal and ocean environment.  A primary responsibility is to prioritize and appropriately allocate federal funding from NOAA to entities in the region for ocean observing and development.
As the first president of NERACOOS, Spaulding’s leadership focus will be on establishing the organization, including the creation of working groups and a stakeholder council to guide the development and implementation of a strategic plan. Spaulding has already proposed a major regional and national initiative to provide meteorological and oceanographic data in support of offshore renewable energy development from tidal currents, waves, and offshore winds.

“Fisheries managers, water quality specialists, researchers, mariners, the Coast Guard, coastal land managers, and many others benefit from accurate and timely ocean observing infrastructure and related decision support tools that effectively interpret data,” Spaulding said. “Ultimately, this increased capacity leads to safer maritime commerce and improved natural resource management.”

Spaulding was nominated to the 18-member board of NERACOOS by the Northeast Regional Ocean Council and represents the state of Rhode Island. The council is a state and federal partnership with a goal of engaging in regional protection and balanced use of ocean and coastal resources.

Spaulding also serves as the senior advisor to Rhode Island?s Ocean Special Area Management Plan, which was initiated in August 2008 to assist in the siting of offshore renewable energy facilities in the state’s coastal waters.

Contact Lee Dooley by e-mail ldooley@asascience.com or by phone +1 401-789-6224 for more information.

For more information about ASA visit http://www.asascience.com.


The EBC is Pleased to Announce David Brown, Co-Anchor of the Top-Rated EyeOpener Newscast on WCVB, Will Serve As MC at EBC’s 16th Annual EBEE Award Celebration

Posted January 23, 2009 by

The EBEEs will be held on the 18th of June, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Boston. The reception begins at 5 pm, with a seated dinner and awards ceremony to follow at 6:30 pm. Sponsorship opportunities are available and registration is currently open. Nominations are currently being accepted for EBEE Award recipients on the EBC website.

Brown was named to his position in March of 2007. Brown is also WCVB’s Environmental Reporter and the main contributor to the “Going Green” section on TheBostonChannel.com.

Previously, he served as fill-in news anchor and meteorologist of NewsCenter 5’s weekend 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. Brown joined WCVB-TV in September 1995 and was the meteorologist for the weekday EyeOpener and Midday newscasts for nine years.

Prior to joining Channel 5, Brown had been the weekend meteorologist at WCVB-TV sister station WISN-TV in Milwaukee since 1993. Both stations are part of the Hearst-Argyle Television group and are ABC affiliates.

Previously, Brown served for five years as chief meteorologist at KTXL-TV in Sacramento. Before that, he was the chief meteorologist for a station in Chico, Calif. Brown began his forecasting career as a weekend weathercaster and reporter in Terre Haute, Ind.

After pursuing post-graduate work at Mississippi State University, Brown was awarded the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval in recognition of his professionalism in weather forecasting and reporting.

Deeply immersed in the community, Brown dedicates much of his free time to support local charities. He is involved with AIDS Action and serves as the Host and emcee of the annual Boston AIDS Walk. Brown was recently awarded their community service award for continued involvement in many of the organization’s community based services. He is also active with the Ellie Fund and Project Place, a Boston organization dedicated to homelessness. Brown is a key participant in WCVB’s annual Jerry Lewis Telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). A familiar figure at schools across the region, Brown teaches thousands of school children during his many visits throughout the year.

Brown earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Indiana University. A resident of the Boston area, Brown enjoys spending time with his two young children. In his spare time, he enjoys running and is a proud finisher of the 110th Boston Marathon. Brown ran as part of a team raising money for Boston Medical Center.

Each year, the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) recognizes companies, organizations and individuals for outstanding accomplishments in the promotion of a sustainable, clean environment through the EBEE Awards Celebration. The EBEE Awards are presented each year in June at the EBC’s Annual Award Celebration. These awards were established by the EBC to encourage environmental 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.

For information on sponsorship, attendance or to nominate a company or individual for an award, please contact Julia Hughes at 617-725-0207.


“e” inc. Seeking Sponsors for Upcoming Film Festival

Posted January 22, 2009 by

Films about our Planet! Films that Inspire!

North America’s Largest Environmental Film Festival is coming to Boston

Join “e” inc. when they host the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival on Tour at the Ben Franklin Institute of Technology on April 25th 2009.

“Wild & Scenic On Tour brings together a selection of films that tell a story about our planet, highlighting issues, providing solutions and giving a call to action,” says ED, Dr. Ricky Stern.

Now, “e” inc. has been chosen as the official host for this exciting event – the only one of its kind in the Greater Boston area.  This dynamic evening will feature award-winning films, guest speakers, supper and dessert, a silent auction, and a wonderful time.

In addition, the Festival Organizers for this first ever Boston event will be doing continuous outreach, social networking, press efforts, announcements and listings, a poster and postcard campaign, interviews, banners, etc.

If you are interested in having your company be seen as an important supporter of the environment to a broad swath of the Boston community, consider contacting “e” inc. right away to learn more about becoming a lead sponsor or about placing an ad in the Festival program.

For more information or to set up a meeting to review sponsor opportunities, please phone Dr. Ricky Stern at “e” inc. at:  617-227-1522 or via email at: drickystern@e-action.us

Together we can create an evening to remember and a tremendous opportunity for sponsors to have their efforts clearly placed before a broad public.


Conover + Company Communications Adds Team Members To Serve Energy, Environmental and Green Markets

Posted January 22, 2009 by

(Boston, MA) Conover + Company Communications announces expanded resources to support its growing practice for energy, environmental, and green technology-focused companies, organizations, and initiatives.

New associates with Conover are Lydia Pastuszek, Mary Harman and Rolf Fuessler, APR, who bring executive level experience in marketing, corporate communications, public relations, human resources, and customer service to the team.  The three executives at various times have worked for leading energy, environmental, and technology companies in New England and around the country.

Team members – including Heather Conover, CEO of Conover + Company – have been on the front lines with management and employees; the media; community leaders and residents; local, state, and federal officials; civic, business, and environmental leaders, and NGOs to advocate for private and governmental programs, siting projects, and emerging technology initiatives. According to Heather Conover: “the need for a highly experienced and targeted team to help companies market and communicate new energy initiatives, sustainability efforts, emerging and maturing green technologies, and environmental solutions has greatly increased in recent years. Our new team members provide us with the depth and breadth of experience to meet the growing demand that organizations have for seasoned counsel and creative programs.”

Lydia Pastuszek, while at New England Electric System (now National Grid), developed the utility’s first energy conservation programs.  Pastuszek also ran the firm’s hydroelectric division during relicensing, headed product development, led customer service, worked on siting the New Hampshire portion of the New England-Hydro Quebec Interconnection during the 1980s, and was senior VP of human resources for 8,000 employees. She also brings experience with higher education marketing and with property management and affordable housing siting and management to the group.

Mary Harman was Director of Communications for the New England Electric System (now National Grid) and has provided communications services to all sectors of the electric utility industry since the mid-90s.  During her tenure, Harman was involved in executive media tours, speechwriting, community relations activities for some of the largest transmission projects in the US and on very complex hazardous waste cleanups, and worked on positioning and crisis communications issues for very large powerplants. Prior to her NEES position, she was VP of corporate communications for Montgomery Watson Harza, a global environmental engineering firm.

Rolf Fuessler is a former Engineering News Record editor and VP of corporate communications for Camp Dresser & McKee. Over the last 25 years he has consulted to both emerging and mature energy, engineering, construction, environmental and architectural firms on branding, positioning, public relations, marketing, and facilities siting projects.

Conover + Company Communications specializes in developing strategic communications solutions for energy, environment, real estate, and corporate clients.  For over 20 years, the firm has worked closely with private clients and governmental entities to develop easy-to-understand messages, stories and visuals to inform, educate, persuade, and motivate intended audiences.

Contact: Heather Conover, hconover@conoverandcompany.com, 866.411.7321


Blue H’s Deepwater Floating Wind Turbine Project Selected by UK Government

Posted January 21, 2009 by

Project Deepwater Turbine, a consortium led by Blue H including BAE Systems, EDF Energy, CEFAS, SLP Energy and Romax, has been selected by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) as one of the first projects to receive funds as part of its ₤1.1 billion initiative. This UK based project aims at developing an integrated solution for a 5MW floating turbine deployed offshore in waters between 30 and 300 meters deep.

The goal of the Project Deepwater Turbine is to reduce the cost of electricity generation to a level competitive with other forms of energy; the design of the turbine will seek to reduce the overall complexity and costs inherent in the conventional construction and installation of wind units fixed on the seabed as well as the maintenance costs during the life of the unit.

The Blue H consortium is one of three offshore wind consortia to receive funding from the ETI, a unique partnership between the UK Government and six major global industries – BP, Caterpillar, EDF, E.ON, Rolls Royce and Shell – which has been established to support the achievement of the UK?s challenging targets for reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Neal Bastick, CEO of Blue H said: “This ETI award represents another important milestone for our company in developing and completing its technical footprint. As a result of this ETI program, Blue H and its consortium partners will help the UK achieve its newly agreed objective of 20GW of offshore wind installed by 2020”.

Blue H installed the world’s first floating wind turbine prototype in the summer of 2008. The company is currently building the first operational 2MW unit in Brindisi, which it expects to deploy offshore Puglia (Southern Italy) in 2009.

For further information, please contact Anne-Marie van Pinxteren at +31 162 424 952. Email: www.bluehgroup.com