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“e” inc. to Host Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival on March 20, 2010

Posted February 16, 2010 by

Inspiring films about activism come to the big screen in the South End

Boston (February 15, 2010) – “e” inc., Boston’s award-winning nonprofit environment science learning and action center, will host the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival (WSEFF) at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology on Saturday, March 20, 2010 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Showcasing nine films about environmental issues and examples of “green” activism, the WSEFF will also include a light supper, dessert, a silent auction and activity stations. All proceeds from WSEFF Boston will fund “e” inc.’s educational programs serving more than 800 students in 10 Boston-area community sites. Tickets may be purchased online through “e” inc.’s website www.e-action.us. Early bird tickets cost $25.00; beginning March 1, tickets will be $30.00.

“e” inc.’s programs teach young people and their caregivers about the science underpinning Earth’s systems and the actions they must do to better protect our planet,” said Dr. Ricky Stern, “e” inc. executive director and founder. “Likewise, the films in our program celebrate the successes of individual activism and the beauty of the Earth. Through this film festival, we want to empower even more people with a vision of the difference they can make in their communities.”

The highlight of the evening is an hour-long documentary titled “Tapped,” which explores the murky ethical and legal circumstances behind bottled water and the privatization of water. “Tapped” includes interviews with people from Maine who oppose corporate possession of water rights and protest the unregulated bottling and selling of clean drinking water from their hometown. The film is a winner of the Indie Fest Award of Excellence and has been selected for the London United Film Festival.

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Haley & Aldrich announces New President/CEO and Executive Leadership Team

Posted February 16, 2010 by

BOSTON, MA (February 15, 2010) — Haley & Aldrich, one of the nation’s leading geotechnical and environmental engineering consulting firms, announces the promotions of Lawrence P. Smith, P.E., R.G. to President/CEO and William R. Fisher, P.E. to Executive Vice President/Chief Client Officer. Mr. Smith and Mr. Fisher join current Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Glen M. Elias, CPA, MBA to complete Haley & Aldrich?s new executive leadership team.

Lawrence (Larry) Smith is the company’s 7th President/CEO. He joined Haley & Aldrich for the second time in 1985 as a hydrogeologist and, after a series of promotions and career achievements, was named Executive Vice President/COO in December 2004. Since joining the firm, Smith served as an advisor to Fortune 100 industrial clients on environmental portfolio management and remedial strategy. Beginning in 2004, he instituted the Leadership Training program for new generations of Haley & Aldrich leaders, to ensure a sustainable basis of sound business principles and corporate citizenship for the company’s next 50 years.

“I am optimistic about our future because of our people,” said Larry Smith. “Through their dedication to deeply understanding what our clients need, and their delivery of the exceptional value necessary to enable our clients’ success, we will differentiate Haley & Aldrich in the marketplace and make our world a better place. It is a distinct honor for me to lead and support such a great group of people.”

Smith takes over the role of President/CEO from Bruce E. Beverly, P.E., F.ASCE, who served as the firm?s President/CEO from 2000 to 2010. Haley & Aldrich experienced record revenue growth in the 10 years under Mr. Beverly’s guidance, who refocused the company following its regional geographic expansion to become a national consulting firm organized around markets and clients.

Bruce Beverly states, “Our new President/CEO, Larry Smith, and his executive leadership team are well prepared and strongly committed to lead Haley & Aldrich through the challenges presented by the current recession. I’m confident that Larry and his team have positioned Haley & Aldrich to grow and thrive in the future.”

William (Bill) Fisher is the new Executive Vice President/Chief Client Officer. Fisher joined Haley & Aldrich in 2003 as a Vice President and environmental engineer. Fisher has lead the company’s focused expansion into the electric and gas utilities market, assisting clients and communities in developing comprehensive strategies to address legacy environmental issues.

Glen Elias joined Haley & Aldrich in 2008 as Vice President /Chief Financial Officer. He is instrumental in analyzing issues of strategic financial importance to the company and integrating industry best management practices into our finance and accounting function. Glen was inducted into the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Business and Industry Hall of Fame in 2003.

About Haley & Aldrich
For over 50 years, Haley & Aldrich has been advising developers, major institutions and Fortune 100 clients on their geotechnical and environmental challenges. Established in 1957 with a focus on underground engineering and problem solving, today Haley & Aldrich has a resume of more than 20,000 engineering and environmental consulting projects and 20+ offices nationwide. Haley & Aldrich serves clients in the aerospace, automotive, education, health care, property development, manufacturing, utility, and heavy infrastructure markets in the United States and abroad.

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Tighe & Bond Receives 2010 Engineering Excellence Award

Posted February 5, 2010 by

Westfield, MA January 29, 2010 – The American Council of Engineering (ACEC) Companies of Connecticut presented Tighe & Bond and Yale-New Haven Hospital with an Engineering Excellence Award for the Route 34 Roadway Improvement Project in New Haven, Connecticut. The award was presented on January 21st at ACEC’s Annual Awards Banquet held at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, CT following a competition open to firms engaged in the practice of consulting engineering in Connecticut.

Tighe & Bond developed roadway improvement concept plans to support the traffic generated by the $467 million Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, as well as to address existing operational and safety deficiencies along the Route 34 expressway and the frontage roads. The firm completed a comprehensive transportation engineering study required by the City of New Haven and the State Traffic Commission. Improvements to the adjacent roadway network were deemed necessary to mitigate the identified traffic issues. The centerpiece of Tighe & Bond’s design is a modern roundabout, unique in that it is located at the end of the Route 34 Expressway and provides access to a parking garage. Tighe & Bond also prepared the design for other roadway improvements, including highway ramp widening, geometric modifications along the Route 34 Expressway, widening North Frontage Road to provide additional turning lanes and the design of a new state-of-the-art traffic control signal system involving 12 traffic signals operated and monitored by the City Traffic Management Center.

An extensive amount of work was required to obtain design approvals and Tighe & Bond was on top of these requirements from the beginning. During the design phase, Tighe & Bond coordinated with the Connecticut Department of Transportation and City of New Haven to facilitate approvals, leading to the issuance of a Connecticut Department of Transportation Encroachment Permit and City of New Haven Obstruction Permits. Additionally, Tighe & Bond worked with the Connecticut Department of Transportation to secure an Encroachment Agreement to build the roundabout within the State of Connecticut Highway Right of Way.

Following the completion of the design and issuance of all permits, Tighe & Bond worked collaboratively with Yale-New Haven Hospital and Turner Construction Company to administer the construction phase of the project. Tighe & Bond provided shop drawing reviews, attended construction conferences, and observed the work.

Construction of the $5 million project started in earnest in May 2008 and was substantially complete by October 2008, meeting an aggressive five month construction schedule. The most significant results of the project include reduced traffic congestion and delays, as well as enhanced public safety for vehicles and pedestrians.

“The roundabout has been a tremendous improvement and we appreciate the work of the design team in its formulation and execution”, commented Stephen Merz, Yale New Haven Hospital’s Vice President of Administration.

The Route 34 Roadway Improvement Project also received a 2009 Achievement in Civil Engineering Award from the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers.

Founded in 1911, Tighe & Bond is one of the most experienced engineering firms in New England, with offices in Westfield, Worcester and Pocasset, Massachusetts; Danbury, Middletown and Shelton Connecticut. Tighe & Bond is annually ranked among the top design and environmental engineering firms nationally by the Engineering News Record. The firm provides engineering and environmental services for clients in government, industry, health care, education, power, and real estate development.

For more information, contact Mary Beth Morris, P.E., Director of Marketing, 413-572-3247 or email at MBMorris@tighebond.com.

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Globe 2010 Conference

Posted February 5, 2010 by

20 YEARS OF ACCELERATING SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS STRATEGIES

Over the past 20 years, the GLOBE Series of Conferences has become the nexus for global networking and thought leadership on the business of the environment.

Biennially, thousands of environmental business leaders, corporate environmental managers and sustainability practitioners come together in Vancouver, Canada to explore the mutually inclusive goals of corporate sustainability and business growth.

GLOBE 2010 offers a bold agenda in response to unprecedented developments in global environmental business policy and practice. New green stimulus packages, climate change agreements, energy policies, carbon trading regimes and clean technologies and markets are all informing and rapidly changing the corporate sustainability agenda.

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Learn how eco-focused nations are implementing green measures to stimulate their economy, hear from government leaders who are building the sustainable cities of tomorrow, and explore the corporate role in securing our energy and environment for the future.

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Ecology and Environment, Inc. Achieves 80-Percent Carbon Reduction at Net Cost Savings

Posted February 2, 2010 by

LANCASTER, N.Y., October 1, 2009 – Ecology and Environment, Inc., (NASDAQ:  EEI) announced today that it has achieved an 80-percent reduction in annual carbon emissions associated with building energy use at its global headquarters in Lancaster, N.Y.  The company’s achievement, accomplished in just nine years, is the result of a series of measures, targeted toward not only infrastructure improvements but the direct engagement of employees in energy efficiency, that have also netted hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings.

“Climate change experts have been debating the crucial need for carbon footprint reduction over the past 25 years, and are recommending an 83-percent reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050,” said E & E president and CEO Kevin Neumaier.  “Based on our experience this goal is not only achievable, but if done right will foster an economic gain. Without enough data and real world examples, some fear that greenhouse gas reduction initiatives will cripple the world economy.  E & E?s experience over the past 9 years is that there is a path to meeting global targets, and it provides great ROI.”

Efforts implemented between the baseline year of 1999 and 2008 specifically enabled the company to achieve a 37 percent (12,000-ccf) reduction in natural gas usage and 23 percent (198,000-kWh) reduction in electricity usage.  Furthermore, comparing associated upfront costs of approximately $58,000 for energy conservation measures plus $20,000 for the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (low-impact wind and hydro power) with an estimated $310,000 in energy cost savings from 1999 to 2008, the company saved approximately $232,000 over the nine-year period.  Based on current energy costs, E & E additionally estimates annual savings of $43,000 relative to energy costs that would have been accrued prior to implementing its energy conservation measures.

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