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Leo Roy Named Commissioner of Department of Conservation and Recreation

Posted December 9, 2015 by

Past EBC Board Member Leo Roy Named Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

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Press Release Contact: Katie Gronendyke — 617-626-1129 or katie.gronendyke@state.ma.us

BOSTON – December 9, 2015 – Today, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton announced that Leo Roy will serve as Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

“Leo brings a substantial amount of experience, dedication and knowledge to the Department of Conservation and Recreation,” said EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton. “His qualifications and skill set will ensure that the public will continue to benefit and enjoy additional recreational opportunities, while simultaneously laying the groundwork to conserve and preserve the state’s natural resources for future generations to come.”

“I am honored to join the Baker-Polito Administration and am excited for the opportunity to work with Secretary Beaton and the dedicated staff within the Department of Conservation and Recreation,” said Leo Roy. “The Department’s parks, pools, rinks, beaches, forests, watersheds, and historic properties are enjoyed by so many Massachusetts residents, and their stewardship is a significant responsibility.”

Leo Roy, Commissioner, Department of Conservation and Recreation

Leo Roy returns to public service after 15 years in the private sector, most recently as a Principal at VHB – an infrastructure planning, design, engineering, and environmental firm. Leo brings to the Department of Conservation and Recreation his experience in natural and cultural resource management, sustainability, ecological restoration, and agency management.

As an environmental consultant Roy worked for state and municipal governments, colleges and universities, airport and port authorities, and private corporations and developers. He was named a LEED Fellow by the US Green Building Council for over a decade’s work in promoting sustainable building design, construction, and operation, and was certified as an Envision Sustainability Professional by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure in 2012.

Previously, Roy served as Massachusetts Undersecretary of Environmental Affairs from 1992 to 1997. He has been an active supporter of numerous non-profit environmental organizations, serving on the Board of the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC), and as Chair of the Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership.

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BlueWave Secures $100 Million from Morgan Stanley to Fund Community Solar in Massachusetts

Posted December 9, 2015 by

December 8, 2015, BOSTON, MA – BlueWave, a solar development and fintech company, headquartered in Boston, MA, and MS Solar Solutions Corp, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, one of the world’s leading financial institutions, announced today they will develop, co-invest and jointly own a Community Solar portfolio of more than 25 MW in Massachusetts scheduled for completion in 2016. The relationship with Morgan Stanley represents BlueWave’s first major financing for its Community Solar product, a product it plans to launch elsewhere in the U.S. in 2016.

BlueWave is currently in construction on Community Solar projects in Western and Southeastern Massachusetts enabling residents of those regions to now become BlueWave Community Solar members.

“A core element of BlueWave’s mission is to provide all energy consumers the opportunity to go solar and reduce both their electricity costs and their carbon footprint. For those homeowners and small businesses who can’t put solar on their rooftops, Community Solar is an incredibly valuable tool to meet that objective,” said BlueWave’s Managing Principal, John DeVillars.

BlueWave’s expansive Community Solar pipeline has been driven by the explosive growth in residential solar demand, a market where an estimated 80% of households do not have a suitable rooftop for a solar installation. BlueWave Community Solar makes renewable energy accessible for everyone.

“Morgan Stanley’s capital – and, importantly, their expertise – means that together we have the opportunity to expand quickly and strategically, not only in Massachusetts, but in other markets as well.” said BlueWave Managing Director, Craig Wetmore.

BlueWave has begun selling Community Solar memberships from projects currently in development throughout Massachusetts. The first two projects in the BlueWave & Morgan Stanley Community Solar portfolio, are located in Oxford MA and Fairhaven MA and total 2.5 MW. These projects are under construction and will begin providing savings to nearly 250 customers in March 2016.

BlueWave has played a leading role in the Massachusetts solar industry, where the company has executed solar power purchase agreements with more than 20 cities and towns, academic institutions, and affordable housing providers. The company has created 300 local engineering and construction jobs across the Commonwealth and as of December 2015 has generated $4.5M in annual savings for its customers. This track record and development success has earned BlueWave strong endorsements from Mayors, college and school heads, and affordable housing advocates.

Over the past 2 years, BlueWave has more than doubled its staff with offices located in Boston MA, Charleston SC, Charlotte NC, South Africa and the Bahamas. Building on this momentum, BlueWave’s relationship with Morgan Stanley will help position the company to grow new markets across the U.S.

About BlueWave

BlueWave is a solar energy company founded on a mission to protect our planet by expanding access to solar for everyone, everywhere. We are driven to transform the energy status quo—enabling communities to take control of their energy production, and consumers to choose clean, low cost power. Founded in Massachusetts, with operations around the globe, BlueWave remains committed to our founding principles: preserving the environment; honesty and transparency in everything we do; and respecting and supporting our employees, partners, and customers.

Learn more about BlueWave’s Consumer Products & Platform: www.bluewaverenewables.com
Learn about BlueWave’s Solar Project Development work: www.bluewave-capital.com

Media Contact:
Jennifer Matchett
jmatchett@bluewave-capital.com

About MS Solar Solutions Corp.

MS Solar Solutions Corp. (MSSS) is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, one of the world’s leading financial institutions. MSSS focuses on helping to develop and finance solar photovoltaic (PV) projects through strategic relationships with industry participants, including developers, suppliers, installers, governmental agencies and the community at-large.

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Mayor Walsh Announces Boston Recieves International Award At Climate Talks

Posted December 7, 2015 by

BOSTON – Thursday, December 3, 2015 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the City of Boston received an international award today at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) for its leadership in tackling climate change, through the Greenovate Boston Initiative. The award for “Smart Cities and Smart Community Engagement” was announced by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) at their third-annual award ceremony at the global climate talks in Paris.

“I am proud that our efforts in Boston are being recognized on the global stage,” said Mayor Walsh. “This award is a well-deserved honor for our entire community for our shared commitment to leaving a better Boston for the next generation.”

The C40 Cities Awards, sponsored in part by Bloomberg Philanthropies, provide global recognition for cities demonstrating top policies and programs that reduce emissions and improve sustainability. The City of Boston’s “Smart Cities and Smart Community Engagement” award recognized community engagement and participation in the City’s 2014 Updated Climate Action Plan through Greenovate Boston.   Greenovate Boston is a community-driven movement to get all Bostonians involved in reducing Boston greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050, as outlined in the City’s Climate Action Plan. By laying out steps that all Bostonians can take to reduce the causes of and to prepare for climate change, the Climate Action Plan gives the Boston community a framework for building a greener, healthier, and more prosperous city. To learn more about Greenovate Boston, visit http://www.GreenovateBoston.org.

“We’re honored to be recognized as a climate leader for our work with Greenovate Boston, especially on a global stage,” said Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space Austin Blackmon who attended the award ceremony in Paris. “We have a lot to learn from other cities for their innovative and ambitious climate solutions. And that’s exactly why we’re here — to share and learn.”   In addition to the award, the City of Boston celebrates its compliance with the Compact of Mayors — an important measure in achieving its climate commitments by providing a more transparent platform for Boston’s climate progress. By fully complying with the Compact of Mayors, Mayor Walsh reinforces Boston’s commitment of being a leader in tackling climate change.   The Compact of Mayors is the world’s largest coalition of city leaders addressing climate change by pledging to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, tracking their progress, and preparing for the impacts of climate change. The Compact was launch at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit by U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael R. Bloomberg, under the leadership of the world’s global city networks including C40. To learn more about Boston’s commitment to the Compact of Mayors, read: http://www.cityofboston.gov/news/Default.aspx?id=20330

About the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40): The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 10th year, connects more than 80 of the world’s greatest cities, representing 600+ million people and one-quarter of the global economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens. The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes; three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board. C40’s work is made possible by our three strategic funders: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), and Realdania.

To learn more about the work of C40 and our cities, please visit www.c40.org, follow us on Twitter@c40cities and like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/C40Cities.   For more information on the Awards and the projects of the Winning cities, go to: http://www.c40.org/awards

For More Information Contact:
Mayor’s Press Office
617.635.4461

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Now accepting Society of Wetland Scientists 2016 Award Nominations and Abstracts!

Posted December 4, 2015 by

It’s time to submit your research! 
The SWS Program Committee is now accepting abstract submissions. All individuals who are passionate about the advancement of wetland science are invited to submit an abstract relating to this year’s theme: Protecting wetland ecosystem services. Promoting stronger economies. The program will highlight the interdisciplinary nature of wetland science and practice, how wetland protection and restoration plays a positive role in our economy, as well as the importance of using sound science to inform management strategies and enhance societal wetland benefits. Before you prepare your abstract, please review the following submission types:

  • Poster presentation: accepted presenting author(s) are required to stand by their poster and be available to answer questions during the poster session.
  • Oral presentation: accepted oral presenting author(s) will be invited to make a 20-minute presentation including time for questions.
  • Oral presentation or poster presentation: this option is for those who are open to presenting their research in either a poster or oral setting.
  • Invited symposium: this option is only for those who have been invited by the author of an accepted Symposium Proposal and will be presenting research on the specific symposium topic.

Instructions and guidelines are available online through our abstract submission site as well as the meeting website. If you have any questions please contact Alli Schultz at aschultz@sws.org. The abstract submission deadline is Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. 

Don’t miss your chance to apply for a prestigious Society Award!
The SWS Awards Committee invites individuals to apply or nominate a fellow SWS colleague for a Society award or student research grant. Below are the list of awards that are available for the 2016 Annual Meeting. To apply for one of the following awards, please click the award title in order to complete your application. If you have any questions please contact Alli Schultz at aschultz@sws.org. Application deadline is Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016.

For more information visit our Society Awards or Student Research Grants page. Recipients will be recognized at the SWS Annual Meeting, May 31 – June 4, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

International Travel Award 
The International Travel Award provides financial assistance to talented and well-motivated wetland scientists from developing countries, who are disadvantaged through regional economic conditions, so they are able to attend the SWS Annual Meeting as well as receive a free SWS membership for three years.

International Fellow Award 
The International Fellow Award is presented to an internationally outstanding wetland scientist for distinguished contributions to the field of wetland science and for fostering the aims of the SWS within their own country and abroad. Except for extraordinary circumstances, candidates should live and work outside of the United States. A nomination letter, two supporting letters and a resume are required for each nomination.

Lifetime Achievement Award 
This award is presented to individuals in honor of a distinguished and extensive career of consistent meritorious contributions to wetland science and management. The award honors wetland scientists who have achieved special distinction in their career through sustained contributions to research, education, or policy in any field of wetlands science or management. The award includes a Lifetime SWS Membership.

Merit Award 
The Merit Award recognizes individuals demonstrating outstanding original research, achievement, or contribution to wetland science while inspiring future efforts. The award comes with a three-year membership in the Society.

Student Research Grant 
Student Grants-in-Aid are awarded annually on a competitive basis to graduate or undergraduate students in support of research on wetlands. Please note: SWS Student Research Grants are intended to aid student’s costs of travel, room and board in the course of field investigation and to help cover costs of expendable materials and supplies required in the execution of the proposed research.

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Mackie Shea, PC Ranked First Tier Law Firm

Posted November 23, 2015 by

The environmental boutique law firm of Mackie Shea, PC has again received a first-tier ranking by the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” publication. The firm was ranked Tier 1 for both Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation in the Boston metropolitan area for 2016. The firm also ranked Tier 1 nationally for Environmental Litigation.

To be eligible for a metropolitan ranking, a firm must have at least one lawyer listed in Best Lawyers. Tom Mackie and John Shea have been listed in Best Lawyers for expertise in environmental law for the past eight years. They have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition as well.

Mackie Shea, PC concentrates in environmental, land use and renewable energy law, and related litigation.

For more information: Noreen P. Ruggerio | 617-266-5700 | lawmso.com

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