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Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank and Rhode Island DEM Brownfields Listening Session

Posted February 14, 2019 by

The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management invite you to join them for a discussion on the “Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (BRLF)”.

Agenda:

  • Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund: On Overview
  • Case Work: External Program Examples
  • Market Needs: Open Discussion and Q&A

Location:

Rhode Island DEM
Room 300
235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908

Date & Time:

February 26, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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Save the Date: March 16 – North Shore Litter Summit

Posted February 12, 2019 by

Join Keep Massachusetts Beautiful for an afternoon of “talking trash.” We’ll share best practices and ideas for preventing and cleaning up litter on the North Shore, including:

  • Best practices for organizing successful town and shoreline cleanups
  • How to attract hundreds—not dozens—of volunteers
  • Ways to raise awareness about litter prevention
  • Benefits of launching a KMB chapter in your community

When: March 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Endicott College in Beverly, 376 Hale Street
Cost: Free, but donations are welcome

For more information, and to register, please follow this link.

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MassCEC Requests for Proposals: Commercial Solar Finance – Standardized Documents Working Group

Posted February 12, 2019 by

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is seeking proposals from professionals with significant expertise in the solar photovoltaic (PV) market and solar project finance for the below Request for Proposals (“RFP”).

Commercial Solar Finance – Standardized Documents Working Group

MassCEC is seeking proposals from consultants with expertise in the commercial solar PV market, solar project finance, commercial loans and financing regulation, stakeholder engagement, group moderation, and market outreach and education. Through this RFP, MassCEC expects to hire a consultant firm, or partnership of firms, to facilitate the development and operation of an industry working group focused on creating and deploying standardized financing documentation for the commercial solar market in Massachusetts.

Click here to access the Commercial Solar Finance – Standardized Documents Working Group RFP

All inquiries related to the RFP should be submitted by email to mailto:kread@masscec.comand must contain “Commercial Solar Finance – Standardized Documents Working Group RFP – Questions” in the email subject line. Questions should be submitted by February 25, 2019.

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Samuel Bell Named Vice Chair of the EBC Climate Change and Air Committee

Posted February 8, 2019 by

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Samuel Bell of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. will be joining the EBC Climate Change and Air Committee as the Vice Chair – Climate. Sam has been a long-time supporter of the EBC, and looks forward to contributing his industry knowledge to the Climate Change and Air Committee as Vice Chair.

Samuel Bell, Senior Resiliency Planner
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
144 Elm Street, Amesbury, MA
781.278.3847  //  samuel.bell@gza.com

Click Here for Sam's Bio:

Sam Bell is a Senior Resiliency Planner who has spent the last 12 years working with local communities and states around the country to prevent natural and climate-related hazards from becoming disasters. He serves as the Planning Leader for GZA’s Natural Hazard Risk Management practice group. In this role, Sam leads teams in assisting GZA clients with natural hazard and climate adaptation planning, risk assessments, risk communication, community education and outreach, and in preparing actionable hazard mitigation measures designed to make communities more resilient. Most recently Sam led teams that successfully developed Natural Hazard Mitigation and Community Resilience Plans for Somerset and Milford in Massachusetts, and Stratford, Old Saybrook and Westport in Connecticut. He also assists several businesses in New England in: 1) conducting flood vulnerability assessments; 2) preparing flood mitigation solutions; and 3) preparing flood emergency response plans based on FM Global requirements.

Prior to joining GZA, Sam served as a Hazard Mitigation Grant and Planning Team Lead from 2007 to 2011 for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) providing disaster recovery support to states throughout the Northeast in response to the adverse impacts caused by historic flooding. He worked with multiple State Emergency Management Agencies and Departments of Environmental Protection to identify strategies and flood mitigation solutions to protect residences and critical facilities from incurring damages from future flooding. From 2011 to early 2014, he assisted FEMA as a consultant in revising risk evaluation and program effectiveness tools that FEMA, States, local, tribal and US territories use to evaluate the effectiveness of all eligible flood mitigation projects including critical facilities and infrastructure. These tools included the FEMA Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) Tool Version 5.0 used to evaluate project cost-effectiveness, and a pioneering streamlined riverine flood loss avoidance study methodology used to evaluate the effectiveness of flood mitigation after completion. To assist all stakeholders with using FEMA’s BCA Tool and preparing Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant applications, Sam led trainings throughout the United States (U.S.) including several in New England.

Sam earned a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a Bachelor Environmental Design in Planning from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

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Save the Date: Using Recycled Content Materials in Road & Infrastructure Projects Workshop

Posted February 6, 2019 by

Date & Time:

April 9, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:

Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP)
79 Elm Street, Hartford CT

On April 9th, NERC and NEWMOA will be hosting a daylong regional workshop to promote the use of recycled materials in road and infrastructure projects.  The workshop will bring together state, local highway, and public works officials, environmental departments, and others to hear about new opportunities, case studies, and lessons learned from experts in the field.

The workshop will emphasize case studies by peers who have successfully used the following materials in road and infrastructure projects:

  • Compost
  • Glass
  • Ground asphalt shingles
  • Shredded tires

The workshop will take place at the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Offices. The agenda is now posted. Registration is open. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Terri Goldberg, NEWMOA.

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