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Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC. Seeking a Marketing Analyst Fellow

Posted January 31, 2014 by

SEA is currently seeking a Market Analysis Fellow, to start immediately. The position will be a one year fellowship to support research and analyses related to the regional solar market and the renewable energy markets more broadly. Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC (www.seadvantage.com) (SEA) is a small renewable energy consulting and advisory firm which is a regionally and nationally recognized leader in shaping and supporting the rapidly-expanding, exciting field of renewable energy. SEA provides interdisciplinary market, policy, financial and strategic analysis to a wide range of private sector energy firms, governments, non-profits and large energy users that are developing renewable energy businesses, projects, policies, and market infrastructure.
SEA focuses exclusively on developing opportunities for clean, renewable sources of energy, including wind, solar, hydroelectric, biomass and geothermal power, in wholesale and retail electricity markets. SEA works extensively in project teams with industry leaders and is consistently involved in generating new ideas to carry the industry forward.


Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts to Deliver Keynote Address

Posted January 23, 2014 by
Governor Patrick will deliver the keynote address at the Opening Session of the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) Annual Conference and Exhibit.

The Governor will talk about Massachusetts’ distinct positioning, as a global leader in the water industry.  Massachusetts is unique with its abundant water technology and engineering firms, home to world-class research, technical and business-focused degreed programs from some of the world’s most prestigious colleges and universities and a rich diverse ecosystem.

Registration is required to attend the Conference and Opening Session. If you are not registered for the Conference but would like to attend the opening session to hear the Governor speak – you may download a complimentary pass.
This prestigious 3-day conference and exhibit annually attracts over 2,200 water quality professionals including: engineers, consultants, scientists, regulators, academia, utility manager and operators, equipment manufactures and representatives and students.  The Conference boasts over 30 technical sessions and over 210 exhibitor displays providing an opportunity for professional exchange of information and state-of-the-art concepts in wastewater treatment and other water environment issues.

NERC’s Spring Workshop: Urban & Rural Organics Management

Posted January 22, 2014 by

NERC’s Spring 2014 Workshop will Focus on Urban & Rural Organics Management Programs. You’ve heard it said that diverting organics can increase a community’s waste diversion rate. And you may wonder how that’s feasible in a heavily populated area where neighbors are sensitive to smells, or in rural areas where transportation and the expense of collection are concerns.

NERC’s Organics Management Workshop, to be held on April 15 – 16, in Freeport, Maine, will address the technical and practical aspects associated with developing and maintaining organics management programs in both urban and rural areas.Expert trainers and pertinent sessions will teach and aid attendees to understanding the composting process, potential problems, and available technologies. In addition, hands-on exercises will give attendees the opportunity to solve common problems and to design facilities that avoid potential problems.

The workshop registration are now available.

Tighe & Bond Promotes Five Employees: Recognizing Exceptional Performance and Client Service

Posted January 22, 2014 by

Westfield, Massachusetts – January 21, 2014 – Last month, Tighe & Bond promoted five employees who have demonstrated exceptional performance, client service and leadership.  This includes three who have been promoted to Associate within the firm’s Stock Ownership Program: Briony Angus, Susan Guswa, and David Popielarczyk.

Briony Angus, AICP, a project manager who joined Tighe & Bond’s Westfield office in 2008, is an environmental and land use planner with 15 years of experience managing development projects that require approvals from local, state and federal regulatory agencies.  She serves as the firm’s Renewable Energy Market Champion, and provides expert guidance to clients on regulatory, technical, policy, and financing issues related to renewable energy projects.  In addition, she is a frequent presenter on renewable energy topics at conferences throughout New England.

A certified land use planner, Angus is a member of the American Planning Association, and the Chair of the Amherst Conservation Commission.  She has a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.

Susan Guswa, P.E., a senior engineer who joined Tighe & Bond’s Westfield office in 2003, has more than 18 years of experience.  She serves as a project manager and design engineer for major wastewater upgrades throughout New England, and is Tighe & Bond’s Wastewater Technical Practice Group Leader.  In addition, she is the chair of the Program Committee and past chair of the Plant Operations Committee for the New England Water Environment Association. Her expertise includes wastewater, reclaimed water, and stormwater with a focus on comprehensive planning, treatment and nutrient removal.

Guswa holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University and a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.  She is a member of the Water Environment Federation and the New England Water Environment Association.

David Popielarczyk, P.E., a senior engineer who joined Tighe & Bond’s Westfield office in 1986, has more than 27 years of experience in the planning, evaluation, design, and construction management of water resources and wastewater projects. His expertise includes hydraulics, sewer system studies, infiltration/inflow evaluations and pipeline design.  He has developed cost-effective solutions to the water and wastewater needs of clients ranging from small, local communities to large water/wastewater utilities throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut.  He also serves on the Collection System Committee for the New England Water Environment Association.

Popielarczyk received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Hartford, and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the New England Water Works Association, the New England Water Environment Association, and the Water Environment Federation.

In addition to these new associates, Tighe & Bond promoted two other staff into the firm’s Stock Ownership Program as new members. This includes Gary Roberts, an environmental scientist in the firm’s Westfield office, and Joseph Persechino, P.E., LEEP AP, a project manager in the firm’s Portsmouth, NH office.

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.  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 230 employees, Tighe & Bond provides engineering and environmental services for clients in government, industry, healthcare, education, real estate, energy, and water/wastewater markets.

Nitsch Team Wins First Phase of Green Infrastructure Challenge

Posted January 16, 2014 by

We’re thrilled to announce that Nitsch’s design for the DC Water Green Infrastructure Challenge has been selected as one of the winners of the planning and design phase of the competition!

The DC Water Green Infrastructure Challenge asked firms to design innovative solutions that absorb stormwater before it enters the combined sewer system. To meet this goal, Nitsch Engineering worked in partnership with Urban Rain|Design to develop the proposal for Kennedy|Greened: A Neighborhood Green Street Project.

Nitsch proposed six green infrastructure strategies that integrate landscape and stormwater, and can be replicated throughout urban corridors across the District of Columbia. These strategies include new street trees, lawn conversion, pavers with Landscape Infiltration Gaps (LIGs), stormwater curb extensions, grated landscapes, and sub-surface storage/infiltration. Environmental art installations integrate and draw attention to these functional stormwater features, raising awareness of stormwater movement, treatment, and storage. The design further promotes “complete street” concepts by using curb bump-outs, sidewalk crossings, sharrows, and boardwalks to create a streetscape that is safe and comfortable for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.

Nicole Holmes, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Nitsch Engineering’s Green Infrastructure Project Manager, noted, “We anticipate that our plan for Kennedy Street will eliminate 545,000 gallons of stormwater from entering the combined sewer system annually, will improve water quality, and will minimize urban heat island effects. Just as important, our design will benefit the community by raising awareness and advocacy of green infrastructure, and by creating a shared street that is safer and more pleasant for all roadway users: public transit vehicles, automobiles, bicycles, and pedestrians.”

The design competition is now moving into Phase II, which will involve more in-depth design to determine which of the winning designs will enter construction. The team includes Nitsch Engineering as the design engineer and principal consultant; Urban Rain|Design as the landscape architect; Stacy Levy as the artist; and Raymond Papa as the graphic designer.