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Bioengineering Group wins SAME Sustainability Award: Education and Outreach

Posted July 27, 2012 by

Bioengineering Group Recognized with Honor Award for Sustainability Education and Outreach by SAME The Society of American Military Engineers Sustainability Awards recognize outstanding efforts to meet the goals of Executive Order 13514. The awards were presented in two categories. 1) Towards Net Zero; and 2) Education and Outreach. A team featuring Bioengineering Group and USACE Engineering Research and Development Center was recognized in the Education and Outreach Category for their project Energy Quality Flow Analysis for Ultra-Low Energy. The SAME Sustainability Awards were presented for the first time at the 2012 Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo in St. Louis, MO in June 2012. Communities

President Barack Obama signed E.O. 13514 on On Oct. 5, 2009, which focuses on federal leadership in environmental, energy, and economic performance. The Executive Order sets sustainability goals for federal agencies, requiring them to set a 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target within 90 days; increase energy efficiency; reduce fleet petroleum consumption; conserve water; reduce waste; support sustainable communities; and leverage Federal purchasing power to promote environmentally-responsible products and technologies.

SAME Sustainability Award: Education and Outreach
The SAME Sustainability Award: Education and Outreach recognizes efforts that are directed to contracting officers, facilities, public works personnel, user groups and/or occupants that promote an understanding of E.O. 13514 as well as explain the technologies and best management practices necessary to attain the goals.

The implementation of E.O. 13514 and other far reaching goals like Triple Net Zero installations (zero water footprint, zero waste production, and zero energy) at the post level requires a concerted effort to educate personnel about the initiatives and how they can be achieved.

Submittals addressed behaviors over the previous 12 months that resulted in demonstrable, sustainable improvements in energy and water use and waste reduction. Community outreach in the form of training programs, publicity programs, greening efforts and procurement efforts that emphasize sustainability goals were especially sought, and explained how efforts fit into an overall strategy.


Secretary Sullivan Appoints New Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Chief

Posted July 25, 2012 by

BOSTON – Wednesday, July 25, 2012 – Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan today announced the appointment of Alicia Barton McDevitt as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).

Ms. Barton McDevitt replaces outgoing CEO Patrick Cloney, who is leaving the organization to pursue new opportunities in the private sector.

As the founding CEO, Cloney launched the MassCEC in 2009 and quickly established the center as the foremost agency in the country promoting clean energy deployment, company growth, and workforce development. Under Cloney’s leadership, MassCEC launched the innovative Solarize Massachusetts program to drive down costs for residential solar systems, he oversaw a portfolio of investments in cutting-edge clean energy companies growing in Massachusetts and the development of the world’s largest wind blade test center, which is at near full capacity.  The industry has seen job growth at an outstanding rate of 6.7 percent from August 2010 to 2011 and is on pace to double that this year.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Pat Cloney for his service to the Commonwealth, and for all he has done to advance the clean energy economy.  I wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” said Rick Sullivan, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs and Chairman of the MassCEC Board. “We’re thrilled to have Alicia take up the helm of this organization, which works each day to further our clean energy revolution.”

“I want to thank Governor Patrick, Secretary Sullivan and the MassCEC Board of Directors for this remarkable opportunity to make a positive impact for generations to come,” said Cloney, who will continue working at MassCEC through the transition period. “Under Governor Patrick and Secretary Sullivan, Massachusetts has become a national leader in clean energy, and it has been my privilege to be a part of this vital mission. I’m excited Alicia has taken this position. I look forward to watching her accomplish remarkable things. We have worked together in the past and this will be a seamless transition.”

Prior to joining MassCEC, Ms. Barton McDevitt served as Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). She also served in various positions including Assistant Secretary for Environmental Review, Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Director, and Deputy General Counsel at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs from 2007 to 2011. Ms. Barton McDevitt earned a juris doctor from Boston College Law School and a bachelor’s degree in natural resources from Ohio State University.

“Massachusetts leads the nation in clean energy technology innovation and our mission is to make sure we continue to develop innovative strategies for increasing the adoption of clean energy and expanding the industry here in Massachusetts,” said Barton McDevitt. “I’m honored to succeed Pat and look forward to the challenge of building on the Center’s tremendous successes to date.”

About the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Created by the Green Jobs Act of 2008, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in the Commonwealth—while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. MassCEC is a partner, clearinghouse and connector for people in the clean energy sector, making direct investments in clean energy companies, building a strong clean energy workforce, and supporting responsibly sited renewable energy projects across the Commonwealth. MassCEC works with the entire clean energy community in Massachusetts to propel promising technologies from the drawing board to the global marketplace.


Mabbett Receives 2012 New England and Massachusetts SBA Veteran Small Business Champion Award

Posted July 25, 2012 by

BEDFORD, MA (July, 2012) – Mabbett & Associates, Inc. (Mabbett™) is pleased to announce that Arthur N. Mabbett, President of Mabbett, has been awarded the US Small Business Administration’s (SBA) New England and Massachusetts 2012 Veteran Small Business Champion Award.

“Clearly Arthur’s actions have made a difference —for veterans as recognized by the SBA and for all of us who have had the pleasure to work with him,” commented Paul Steinberg, Mabbett Senior Vice President. “Arthur is also very generous with his time and regularly provides support and mentoring to other veterans and disabled veterans pursuing their own business ventures and dreams. Through his leadership the firm has implemented a veteran friendly hiring practice and currently >35% of our staff are veterans.

The Veterans Small Business Champion award is presented to an individual that is an active supporter for legislative or regulatory action designed to help small business, increases business opportunities for veterans, improve awareness among veterans groups, is an advocate for special consideration for veteran-owned small businesses in government policymaking, has demonstrated accomplishment in obtaining support within the community for the establishment of veteran-owned small businesses, and advocates for veteran-owned small businesses.

As noted in the SBA award letter from Robert Nelson, SBA District Director, “This is a well-deserved and distinct honor, and it is indicative of special volunteer efforts on behalf or our dedicated service men and women. This support is especially important in this economic climate.“I am honored to receive such an award and gladly accept the award in the name of every veteran that has served this great country in the US Armed Forces,” Arthur N. Mabbett, President commented at the award ceremony held at Fenway Park. “We have worked hard to create opportunity for veterans companywide and will continue to support veteran advocacy and do whatever we can to help ensure veterans receive due consideration for their defense of our liberty, peace and freedom and for their sacrifice.”

Mr. Mabbett served as an Environmental Science Officer, Medical Service Corps in the US Army from 1970 to 1989; 6 years active duty and 13 years in the Reserve. He was discharged at the rank of Major and was awarded the Meritorious Service and Army Commendation medals. Mabbett is an award-winning and nationally recognized firm that provides integrated multi-disciplinary environmental, health and safety and sustainability-energy consulting and engineering services.

For over 30 years, Mabbett has delivered value-added professional services to industry, commercial enterprise and Federal, state and local agencies. Mabbett is a US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE), verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) headquartered in Bedford, MA with regional offices in Providence, RI; Alexandria, VA and Paramus, NJ. www.mabbett.com


The EBC Announces New Sponsorship Rates and Benefits

Posted July 23, 2012 by

A new, more accessible level of sponsorship ($250/$500) has been added to help member and non-member companies gain exposure and recognition at EBC programs. At various sponsorship levels, sponsoring companies now have the ability to customize their sponsor experience through additional benefit options including showcasing, complimentary registrations, and the opportunity to present two minute remarks at programs and events.

For more information please visit the Sponsorship Opportunities section of the EBC website. Through sponsorship, companies and organizations will increase their presence within the environmental and energy business community!


SAK Invited to Speak at Mass State House

Posted July 2, 2012 by

Maureen Sakakeeny was recently invited to speak at the State House as part of the Small Business Week Program held in May. Ms. Sakakeeny shared her success story about growing a small business, and the challenges and opportunities of being a woman-owned small business, as well as the resources she uses to navigate and grow her engineering firm.

Click here to view Maureen’s presentation.