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Save the Date: Chemical Safety & Climate Change Preparedness Meeting

Posted November 16, 2018 by

Date & Time

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


West Barnstable Community Building
2377 Meetinghouse Way
West Barnstable, MA

Join the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension to learn more about resources that municipalities, non-governmental organizations, and businesses can use to address hazardous chemical vulnerabilities, increase climate change preparedness, and protect public safety.

Workshop is free! Light refreshments will be served.

Continuing Education Credits:

  • Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM) can receive 2 CEUs from the Association of State Flood Plain Managers (ASFPM)
  • Health Agents can receive 2 CEUs from BC County Health


  • Tiffany Skogstrom, Office of Technical Assistance
  • Rick Ferreira, Taunton Emergency Managemeny Agency (TEMA)
  • Shannon Jarbeau, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, Woods Hole Sea Grant

To RVSP please call the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension at (508) 375-6690, or visit their website: http://www.capecodextension.org.


Save the Date: “Adapting to Severe Climate Change: Boston and Massachusetts as a Possible Model”

Posted November 16, 2018 by

Date & Time:
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 – 1:00 p.m.

Webinar Location: 
Room 134, Morrill Science Center II, UMass Amherst

Hosted by the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC) with Keynote Speaker David Cash. More information to be found here.

Scientific evidence is pointing to more intense and sooner climate impacts than had previously been thought. How will coastal cities deal with more powerful storms, sea level rise and widespread flooding?  The Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston has produced three guidance documents for city planners, communities, and regulators to navigate tools and recommendations to help make Boston “climate ready.”  David Cash at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston will introduce viewers to these resources and discuss the application of adaptation strategies for coastal urban areas.  The three reports are:

•    “Feasibility of Harbor-wide Barrier Systems: Preliminary Analysis for Boston Harbor”
•    “Financing Climate Resilience: Mobilizing Resources and Incentives to Protect Boston from Climate Risks”
•    “Governance for a Changing Climate: Adapting Boston’s Built Environment for Increased Flooding”

David W. Cash is the Dean of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston and a founding Dean of the Sustainable Solutions Lab. From 2004-2015, he worked in senior positions in Massachusetts state government in catalytic roles, helping to transform the commonwealth’s energy and environmental policy and regulatory landscape. His job history includes being a commissioner at both the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Public Utilities, and Undersecretary of Policy at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. In these roles, he helped develop and implement nation-leading science-based environmental, climate, and clean energy programs; innovative renewable energy and grid modernization efforts; and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative–the nation’s first CO2 cap-and-trade program. He earned a PhD in public policy from Harvard University, concentrating in environment and natural resources. He also completed an MAT in science education from Lewis & Clark College and a BS in biology from Yale.

For more information, please follow this link.


Mabbett Achieves the Trifecta as One of The Fastest Growing Companies

Posted November 15, 2018 by

BEDFORD, MA (November 2018) – Mabbett & Associates, Inc. (Mabbett®) is pleased to announce that the firm has been ranked as the 42nd fastest growing company in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal (BBJ) in 2018; #32 on the 2018 Zweig Letter Hot Firm List of the top 100 fastest growing architectural, engineering and environmental (A/E/C) firms in the United States and Canada; as well as ranked #3,359 on the 2018 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America and #22 in the environmental sector.

The Zweig White Hot Firms have outperformed the economy and their competitors to become leaders in their chosen fields. The “Hot Firm” designation has been synonymous with success in the A/E/C industry. Rankings are based on a survey of industry firms conducted by ZweigWhite, the publisher of The Zweig Letter, and the nation’s management leader in enhancing business performance for A/E/C firms.

The Inc. 5000 ranks private companies by overall revenue growth over a three-year period. This prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success and the place where future household names first make their mark, as stated on www.inc.com.

“We are most pleased to have been honored by the BBJ; designated a Hot Firm for the fifth time; and ranked by Inc. magazine for the forth time,” stated Arthur N. Mabbett, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. “The objectives of a long-term business perspective, continuing reinvestment, and strategic decision-making are being achieved by Mabbett. I am proud that our hard working, persistent and most professionally competent staff has been recognized by our business peers again this year. We thank our clients for their confidence and continuing opportunities to serve them.”

For 38 years, Mabbett has delivered value-added services to industry, commercial enterprise and Federal, state and local agencies. Mabbett is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE), verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) headquartered in Bedford, MA with regional offices in Providence, RI; Alexandria, VA and Montclair, NJ. www.mabbett.com


Derek Schipper Added to Dam Management Committee Leadership Team

Posted November 6, 2018 by

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Derek Schipper of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. will be joining the EBC Dam Management Committee Leadership Team. Derek looks forward to contributing his industry knowledge to the Dam Management Committee as a member of the Leadership Team.

Derek J. Schipper, P.E., Senior Project Manager
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
249 Vanderbilt Avenue, Norwood, MA 02062
781.278.5792  //  derek.schipper@gza.com

Derek J. Schipper, P.E. is a Senior Project Manager at the Norwood, MA GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. office. He has been with GZA for over 21 years with experience in dam and geotechnical engineering. He holds a BS and MS degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  He is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts and Vermont. Derek is the former Geo-Institute chair of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section. He has been the project manager for numerous dam inspection and rehabilitation projects throughout Massachusetts.


BlueWave honored at NECA Market Movers Awards event

Posted November 6, 2018 by

The Northeast Energy and Commerce Association (NECA) held its 5th Annual Market Movers Awards Night, October 17, 2018 in Boston’s Innovation District honoring the team at BlueWave Solar. BlueWave Co-founder and Chairman, John DeVillars, were present with other BlueWave representatives to accept NECA’s 2018 Innovation Award.

NECA is New England’s oldest and most broadly-based, non-profit trade association serving the competitive electric power industry. Every year the Innovation Award is presented to individuals, companies, or project teams who have introduced transformational business models, technologies or policy solutions that have advanced or strengthened the energy industry in the Northeast. Past awardees have included the Block Island Wind Farm Project, Jason Hanna from Greentech Lab, Steven Cowell from E4theFuture, and Phil Giudice from Ambri.

“We are thrilled to be honoring BlueWave Solar as this year’s awardee,” NECA President Joe Dalton said. “BlueWave Solar exemplifies the leadership, innovation and community that has helped to evolve the energy industry. I am very proud to be honoring their outstanding achievements.”

BlueWave Solar is a pioneer of community solar in Massachusetts, having developed the first two community solar projects in New England and more than 135 MW of solar projects in Massachusetts alone. BlueWave continues to innovate as a solar developer including working with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources exploring “dual-use projects” in Massachusetts, which enable agricultural productivity and solar energy to coexist on farmland. To expand solar access to homeowners throughout the country, BlueWave also now offers innovative loan financing for residential rooftop solar systems.

“Innovation is at the core of everything we do here at BlueWave,” said John DeVillars. “We are always looking for new ways to address complex problems, and to collaborate with our partners and customers to deliver powerful solutions. From project development to community solar access to residential solar loans, we’ve brought together the technology, experience, and ideas needed to serve a growing industry. Most importantly, we have the people, both our employees and our partners, who can make these innovative ideas a reality. Our innovation is only as good as our execution, and we’re thrilled that we and our partners have been recognized by NECA for doing the job right.”

Speakers at the NECA Annual Awards Night included Judith Judson, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and Alistair Pim, Vice President of Innovation & Partnerships with Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC).

BlueWave was also a finalist for Clean Energy Company of the Year at NECEC’s 11th Annual Green Tie Gala on October 25, and has been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in Boston by Boston Business Journal, and listed on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in the U.S. two years in a row.