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The Nicholas Humber Award for Outstanding Collaboration

This award, established by resolution of the Board of Directors on March 4, 2002, recognizes a project or endeavor which demonstrates outstanding collaboration between an EBC member and other persons or organizations and which reflects the global environmental values and human spirit exemplified by Nicholas Humber.

Nicholas Humber (1941-2001) President, Brae Burn Management, was an active member of the EBC. He served as the chair of the EBC’s Innovative Technology Committee from 1997 to 2000 and prior to that chaired the International Business Committee. It was a tragic loss to Nick’s family and friends and the EBC when it was learned that he was a passenger aboard American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Nick earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer and received a master’s degree from the Wharton Graduate School at the University of Pennsylvania. He worked tirelessly for the environment, beginning in 1971 when he joined the newly created U.S. EPA and co-founded the national waste-to-energy and recycling programs. As an adviser to the World Bank, a founder of Energia Global, and past president of BioMed of Boston, Nick’s life and career was committed to improving the quality of the environment for current and future generations.

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Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 EBC Nicholas Humber Award for Outstanding Collaboration

Award Project: City of Boston’s Climate Resilient Design Standards and Guidelines

In Recognition of the Proactive Steps Taken by the City of Boston to Address Acute and Chronic Flooding Due to Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge with the Preparation of an Online Tool, Climate Resilient Design Standards and Guidelines, to Translate Conceptual Flood Resilience Ideas into Feasible Projects

Award Recipients:

  • Boston Public Works Department
  • Boston Public Improvement Commission
  • Boston Planning and Development Agency
  • Boston Environment Department
  • Weston & Sampson