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MassCEC RFP Release: Consultant to Prepare 2014-2016 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Reports

Posted November 20, 2013 by

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is requesting proposals from consultants with significant expertise in conducting surveys and analyzing survey results to research and prepare the annual Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report on behalf of MassCEC from 2014-2016. The Industry Report is an annual assessment of the Commonwealth’s clean energy industry that details the growth rate and the number of jobs and businesses in the clean energy sector. For full details, please review the RFP documentation, available at the MassCEC Solicitations page.

Below is the estimated timeline for the RFP process.

Release of RFP

November 19, 2013

Proposals Due

4pm EST, December 20, 2013

Interviews of top three applicants

January, 2014

Final notification and contracting with selected applicant

Quarter 1, 2014

2014 Clean Energy Industry Report due from MassCEC to Legislature

August 15, 2014


All inquiries related to this solicitation should be submitted by email to achabot@masscec.com by 4 p.m. EST on December 13, 2013.

We look forward to receiving your proposal.


Leo Pierre Roy Earns LEED Fellow Designation

Posted November 20, 2013 by

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) named Leo Pierre Roy, LEED AP, BD+C, Principal and Managing Director of the Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Services Group of VHB to the 2013 class of LEED Fellows. The LEED Fellow Program is the green building industry’s most prestigious professional designation. The LEED Fellow designation recognizes exceptional contributions to green building and significant professional achievement within the rapidly growing community of LEED Professionals.

Roy was among 51 of the world’s most distinguished green building professionals to be selected this year as LEED Fellows through a peer nomination and portfolio review process. Roy’s LEED AP, BD+C credentials include more than 11 years of green building experience and such exemplary projects as an award-winning waterfront redevelopment project for Columbia Point neighborhood in Boston— one of the first municipal planning projects in the country to encourage rooftop solar and/or roof gardens— and the development of USGBC’s Roadmap to a Green Campus “We are thrilled to present these highly accomplished individuals with the LEED Fellow designation,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, USGBC. “The Fellows are some of the leading innovators and vanguards of the green building movement, and their bodies of work strongly underscore their commitment to LEED and a sustainable built environment.”

Roy has more than 30 years of experience, has led several sustainability-oriented committees within VHB, and is directing the LEED EBOM certification process for the firm’s Watertown headquarters. Roy also helped to develop the USGBC LEED Retail rating system and participated on the Market Sector Committee for Retail. He actively promotes sustainable development, and manages projects and programs in green building, ecosystem restoration, waste management, and renewable energy systems. Roy earned his Bachelors of Arts degree from Harvard University.

Roy will be recognized with the 2013 LEED Fellow class at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia this month.  For more information on the LEED Fellow program, visit usgbc.org/leed/credentials/leed-fellow/


E.L. Harvey & Sons opens MRF designed by BHS

Posted November 20, 2013 by

E.L. Harvey & Sons has opened a new state-of-the-art single stream recycling facility to serve residents in the Massachusetts areas of Hopkinton and Westborough.

The facility was designed, manufactured and installed by Eugene, Oregon-based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), which has undertaken a single-stream facility retrofit in B.C. and work at Canada Fibers facility in Toronto. The new E.L. Harvey & Sons system is housed in an 80,000 square-foot facility and is permitted to process upwards of 600 tonnes of residential recyclables per day. “This project will help communities and businesses throughout Eastern Massachusetts increase recycling rates, decrease disposal costs, and lessen the use of traditional disposal sites,” said Ben Harvey, president of E. L. Harvey & Sons, speaking in a November 12, 2013 statement to media. “It is a step towards helping The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Solid Waste Master Plan reach its 56 per cent recycling goal as established by The Massachusetts DEP,” Harvey added. E. L. Harvey & Sons said the company contracted BHS after “an intensive comprehensive analysis.”

“A great deal of research and site visits went into the decision; the deciding difference was the superior design and performance of the BHS screens, which gave them the competitive advantage,” said Vice President Steve Harvey in the joint statement. “The equipment is performing to my expectations. What BHS personnel stated and what the reality is was right on target,” he added.

E.L. Harvey and Sons
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, E.L. Harvey & Sons is a full service waste hauling, transfer, and recycling operations. It has been an independent, family owned and operated business since it was founded in 1911. The company’s Westborough/Hopkinton 100-acre facility houses the company’s main office, the new single stream MRF, a 30,000 square-foot paper and electronics recovery facility, a transfer station, a construction and demolition (C&D) recycling facility and maintenance and fabrication facilities.

Bulk Handling Systems (BHS)
Headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, BHS is a worldwide leader in the innovative design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of sorting systems and components for the solid waste, recycling, waste-to-energy, and construction and demolition industries. Clients around the globe choose BHS because of its experience, dedication to cutting-edge technology, quality construction and durability, and unmatched customer service. BHS has built some of the largest and most durable MRFs in the world – and they are achieving the highest throughput, recovery and purity rates in the industry.


EBC member “e” inc. Receives $50,000+ Grant from NSTAR to Expand “Kids Green Their Schools” Program for Boston’s Urban Schools

Posted November 19, 2013 by

Environment science non-profit “e” inc. has received a $56,717 grant from NSTAR to continue and expand the successful “Kids Green Their Schools” (KGTS) Program for Boston area public schools. Created by “e” inc., the KGTS Program is a dynamic, pilot-tested, experiential program for K-8 schools looking to boost their existing science involvements while also going green.  Schools in Cambridge, Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Somerville, and Brighton will continue or launch the program this year.
The KGTS Program is based on the idea that young people can play an active role in helping their schools become sustainable (aka green) by leading the charge toward conservation.

“e”  inc
. designs all of the KGTS curricula, which are structured to ensure that students gain measureable  science knowledge (as documented by increases in science test performance of 30 to 60 percent). In each of three courses – (1) Water as a Resource, (2) Rethinking Energy, and (3) The Zero Waste Planet – students become conservation leaders as they take concrete, measurable actions that reduce their schools’ environmental impact.  Students learn fascinating, standards-based science while their schools conserve resources and save money.

At every site, the program is “in residence,” so that one educator is stationed at each school for either six or twelve weeks depending on the school’s size. The sessions sponsored by NSTAR will feature six hands-on lessons on energy conservation, including:

(1) What is energy and how does it originate from the sun?

(2) What are a fossil, a fuel, and a fossil fuel?

(3) What is electricity — how do we generate it and how does it get to your home?

(4) What are climate change and the greenhouse effect and how does your school use energy?

(5) What are renewable energy sources and how do they work?

(6) Lastly, the students brainstorm what they have learned, and powered by their new knowledge, plan and practice a three-part electricity conservation process for their classroom that is repeated by students throughout their building to help the site save energy.

According to Dr. Ricky S. Stern, Executive Director of “e” inc.Our science programs are unique because knowledge is paired with action. Students took pride in what they were doing, made a truly strong attachment to their “e” inc. teachers, had a great time participating in the lessons, and understood the important issues at stake.  Many principals took the idea of added sustainability to heart and were pleased with the conservation efforts and their results.  We are grateful for NSTAR’s ongoing support of the KGTS Program, and we look forward to expanding this important enviro-science initiative.”

In 2013-14, through the KGTS Program, “e” inc. will teach a total of 200 separate classrooms and will have direct ongoing involvement with approximately 4,000 children.  The full 2013-14 program will be taught in twelve Greater Boston schools, seven of which are sponsored by NSTAR, with two additional schools focused on water conservation, and three schools focused on zero waste programs.  The latter sites are supported by the Mass Cultural Council and other sources.

About “e” inc.
“e” inc. 
is an award-winning environment science learning and action center that provides in-depth science and community involvement to  4,500 urban youth in Metro Boston.  Its mission is to create a new generation of conservation citizens committed to understanding and protecting the environment. Through educational science programs and actual civic involvements, “e” inc. provides children, teens, and adults with a scientific understanding of the Earth’s natural resources, biomes, systems, and beings along with the skills needed to protect the planet and live sustainably.  For more information, please visit www.e-action.us.