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Northeastern University’s 2nd Annual International Conference: Multi-Scale Renewable Energy Storage 2014

Posted July 30, 2014 by

Will take place on August 19 – 21, 2014, on the Northeastern University Boston Campus.

Globally, the use of traditional energy sources have come under increased pressure for reform due to tighter competition for traditional resources and ever increasing evidence of climate change. Towards the goal of lowering our carbon footprint and indigenizing our resource base there exists a significant gap in our ability to store large amounts of energy in a safe and viable fashion.

This 2nd annual conference constitutes a continuing conversation on the available and desired solutions and timelines for their adoption. Its scope will focus on the science, technology, policy and entrepreneurial challenges for enabling new novel energy storage solutions for the future sustainable green energy initiatives. Government leaders, entrepreneurs and front-line researchers from industry and academia will share their experiences and present solutions for enabling these technologies to become commercially viable.

This meeting is sponsored by College of Science and Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University and organized by NUCRET – Northeastern University Center for Renewable Energy Technology.

For more information and to register: Click HERE.


Zweigwhite Names Tighe & Bond a “Best Firm to Work For”

Posted July 30, 2014 by

Westfield, Massachusetts – July 30, 2014 – Based on the survey results of its 2014 Best Firms To Work For competition, ZweigWhite recognized Tighe & Bond as one of the best civil engineering firms to work for in the nation this month.  This annual awards competition is based on business practice data collected from numerous participating firms across the country, including feedback solicited through an employee survey.

ZweigWhite – a provider of management information and expertise to architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms worldwide – sponsors this program that recognizes the top firms leading the way in creating a work place that inspires, motivates and rewards employees.

The competitive ranking that results is based on comprehensive evaluations of factors such as firm culture and workplace practices, employee benefits, career development and growth opportunities, compensation, performance and recognition, as well as recruiting and retention rates.  All firms that apply for this prestigious ranking and recognition are evaluated against each other, not a set standard.

“ZweigWhite has recognized Tighe & Bond several times as one of the best engineering firms to work for in the nation, and it is always a significant honor.  It also exemplifies our ongoing commitment to create a working environment where all of our employees feel valued and where they can see their contribution to the overall mission and success of the firm and our clients,” comments David E. Pinsky, who is president and CEO of the firm. “Our ability to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented staff is crucial to providing the high quality, responsive services that our clients have come to expect and deserve,” he adds.

Tighe & Bond
Founded in 1911, Tighe & Bond is one of the most experienced engineering firms in New England, with offices in Pocasset, Westfield, and Worcester, Massachusetts; Middletown and Shelton, Connecticut; and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Engineering News Record annually ranks Tighe & Bond among the top design and environmental engineering firms nationally. With a team of more than 250 employees, Tighe & Bond provides engineering and environmental services for clients in government, industry, healthcare, education, real estate, energy, and water/wastewater markets.


7th Annual SWEP Golf Outing: August 26, 2014

Posted July 24, 2014 by

Registration include a cart, admission to the reception following, and a chance at prizes and giveaways! Everyone wins! Space is limited, so make sure you reserve your spot either individually or as a foursome early! Beginners are enthusiastically welcomed, but we ask that, if you can, please bring your own clubs.

12:00 PM Registration
12:30 PM Shotgun Start

*Rain or Shine*

Maynard Country Club
Brown Street (Rte. 27), Maynard
(978) 897-9885

Cost: $60 for SWEP members/$80 for non-members


– Nine-Hole “Best Ball” Format

– Register as a foursome or individually

– Beginners are encouraged – bring your own clubs or borrow

– Come early and warm up on the practice green!

– Golf attire rules apply


Complete registration form and mail with check by August 15th to:

Sheila Warren
c/o Maher Services, Inc.
71 Concord Street, North Reading, MA 01864

If you have any questions, please contact Sheila at swarren@maherserv.com or at (781) 820-2223.


GIS Tool Used in Portsmouth to Model Stormwater Runoff

Posted July 22, 2014 by

Hodgson Brook Watershed and North Mill Pond to Benefit
Portsmouth, New Hampshire – July 22, 2014 – Earlier this spring, Pamela Ordung, a recent Penn State graduate and GIS Technician for Tighe & Bond, presented her capstone project at Great Bay Community College to representatives of Hodgson Brook Advisory Board, Advocates for North Mill Pond, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, the city of Portsmouth GIS department, and the University of New Hampshire.  The project involved development of a Geographic Information System (GIS)-based tool to model stormwater flows to the Hodgson Brook.

The Hodgson Brook watershed is an impaired watershed that covers approximately 20% of the total land area in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Nearly 55% of this watershed falls within the Pease International Tradeport, a former air force base, and 32% is covered by impervious surfaces.  These impervious surfaces contribute to contamination of Hodgson Brook by rapidly directing stormwater runoff from streets, parking lots, and buildings directly into the brook and surrounding wetlands.  Pollutants can include metals, organic chemicals, and nutrients.

Several stormwater management and treatment practices are currently used within the Tradeport and surrounding watershed, including rain gardens, stormwater treatment wetlands, gravel wetlands and pervious pavement.  The Pease Golf Course parking lot was recently reconstructed with pervious pavement.

Ordung’s work involved dividing the Hodgson Brook watershed into sub-watersheds based on recent Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) elevation data that was collected for the region and modeling storm water surface flow using ESRI’s GIS ArcHydro software.  Once an efficient methodology was established, Ordung created a repeatable model using ESRI’s ArcGIS ModelBuilder.  Using Ordung’s application, a user can define an impervious surface area and the model predicts where the stormwater will flow.

This modeling effort improves the ability to monitor stormwater flow, and will facilitate the implementation of future stormwater management techniques throughout the watershed by pin-pointing areas that may be contributing to the pollution of the brook.  With continued monitoring and use of this tool by various stakeholders, the goal is to create improved stormwater management plans for existing and new development.  Project stakeholders and potential users of Ordung’s model include the Hodgson Brook Advisory Board, Advocates for the North Mill Pond, tenants of the Pease International Tradeport, and the City of Portsmouth, NH.  Other cities, towns and watershed groups in New Hampshire can benefit as well and easily build a similar application for their communities.


Hodgson Brook Advisory Board
The Hodgson Brook Advisory Board (HBAB) is composed of representatives from organizations found in the watershed.  The HBAB was formed to ensure that this effort includes anyone who has a stake in the health and safe enjoyment of Hodgson Brook and the North Mill Pond. The HBAB members bring a wide range of views and perspectives as well as a wealth of professional knowledge. Business leaders, engineers, transportation and management specialist, citizens, environmental specialist, water quality specialist, research scientist, and estuarine scientist are represented on the HBAB. The HBAB meets quarterly.

The HBAB works together to improve water quality and natural habitat by creating and implementing a restoration plan that builds community support through education. The plan includes input from watershed residents and business owners, the best science available, and promotes ecological integrity and long term stewardship. The Hodgson Brook Restoration Project is funded through in part by a Watershed Assistance Grant from the NH Department of Environmental Services with Clean Water Act Section 319 funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Tighe & Bond
Pam Ordung works for Tighe & Bond.  Founded in 1911, Tighe & Bond is one of the most experienced engineering firms in New England, with offices in Portsmouth at Pease; Pocasset, Westfield, and Worcester, Massachusetts; Middletown and Shelton, Connecticut. Engineering News Record annually ranks Tighe & Bond among the top design and environmental engineering firms nationally.  ZweigWhite also has recognized Tighe & Bond several times as one of the best engineering firms to work for in the nation.  With a team of more than 240 employees, Tighe & Bond provides engineering, environmental consulting and GIS services to clients in government, industry, healthcare, education, real estate, energy, and water/wastewater markets.


EBC Connecticut Chapter names Ruthanne Calabrese Vice Chair

Posted July 22, 2014 by

Ruthanne Calabrese of Northeast Utilities is now the Vice Chair of the EBC Connecticut Chapter.

Ruthanne F. Calabrese, Manager
Environmental Performance & Information Management
Northeast Utilities
107 Selden Street, Berlin, CT  06037
860.665.6181  //  ruthanne.calabrese(at)nu(dot)com

Ruthanne’s Bio

Ruth currently runs NU’s Environmental Performance and Information Management Group. This group is responsible for administering the company’s Environmental Management System, compliance assurance and performance data tracking, trending, and reporting.

Ruthanne holds a degree in Natural Resources Development from the University of Rhode Island. She has worked in the water, gas and electric utility industries for two decades prior to which she worked as a landuse planner for municipalities in both Rhode Island and Connecticut.