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SAK Environmental Helps Beverly Bootstraps Expand

Posted December 19, 2016 by

NORTH ANDOVER, MA –SAK Environmental LLC aided Beverly Bootstraps expand into their new facility.   Beverly Bootstraps is one of the leading social service organizations on the North Shore, providing food, clothing and education to almost 4,000 individuals annually.  Their Cabot Street facility was undersized and strained to meet growing demand for services.  BB made a quantum-leap improvement to their operations to meet community demand by purchasing and renovating an adjacent building at 198 Rantoul Street.  Located in a densely populated urban area with historic manufacturing, SAK worked with Beverly Bootstraps to insure proper and safe use of the land.  The $3M project provided a modern facility that more than doubles the size of their operation and has designated rooms for client in-take, training, and a food pantry

As the environmental manager for the project, SAK performed a multi-layer role to ensure compliance with all environmental aspects of the construction project, beginning with acquiring of the adjacent land, and including hazmat inspection and surplus soils management. “SAK Environmental is thrilled to be part of such an important community project on the North Shore”, says Stephen A. Sakakeeny, Principal at SAK. “This work highlights our strong commitment in helping our community and in helping this facility meet today’s energy needs and environmental challenges.”

For more information about SAK Environmental LLC, visit http://www.sakenvironmental.com

Contact Information:
Pendra Bell, SAK Environmental, pbell@sakenvironmental.com, 978-688-7804, ext 120

About SAK Environmental LLC (www.sakenvironmental.com) – SAK Environmental is a privately owned environmental consulting business founded in 2003 and based in North Andover, Massachusetts.  We specialize in pollution assessment and remediation, sustainable development, environmental support during construction, and environmental permitting and compliance.  Our approach is to deliver technically sound advice and practical solutions enabling our clients to proceed with their initiatives with confidence and peace of mind.  We strive to promote sustainable development and environmentally compatible business practices to allow business, industry and communities to thrive.

About Beverly Bootstraps (www.beverlybootstraps.org) – Beverly Bootstraps is one of the leading social service organizations on the North Shore, providing food, clothing and education to almost 4,000 individuals annually.  They are unique in their approach to the issues of hunger. While recognizing that people need food in hand to stem immediate hunger, clients also need the opportunity to be embraced by the community, educated about the resources available and empowered to improve their own lives. As Beverly Bootstraps continues to grow, their commitment to the community remains the same: to provide critical resources to families and individuals so that they may achieve self-sufficiency. Beverly Bootstraps accomplishes this while maintaining their commitment to fiscal responsibility and serving as trusted stewards of the organization


Normandeau Associates: World’s Largest Offshore Wind and Aerial Survey Underway

Posted December 19, 2016 by

Normandeau Associates Media Contact
Kerrie Diers

Bedford, NH — The world’s largest and most detailed digital aerial surveys of offshore wildlife have begun off the coast of New York state and have already captured remarkable images of birds, whales, dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, and fish.

The surveys will cover an area of 16,000 square miles-larger than the state of Maryland-and will capture almost 4 million ultrahigh resolution images.

The 3-year study is being carried out by Normandeau Associates, Inc. and APEM Ltd on behalf of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) as part of the recently launched New York State Offshore Wind Blueprint. NYSERDA is obtaining this regional-scale baseline information on seasonal wildlife distribution, abundance and movement to inform responsible offshore wind site selection and development. The survey will provide a better understanding of the potential effects of individual offshore wind projects, as well as any possible cumulative effects of multiple projects. The project is expected to expedite offshore wind development, decreasing uncertainty and reducing costs for ratepayers while minimizing wildlife impacts and maximizing environmental benefits. The study will provide important baseline data as the State pursues ambitious plans to secure 50% of its electricity supply from renewable sources by 2030.

The surveys are also gathering the highest resolution images ever for a project of this scale. Detailed images of a wide range of species have already been captured during the first summer survey. They include sharks circling large shoals of fish, a female dolphin with its calf, dense shoals of rays, sea turtles, and large numbers of individual sharks, including a huge basking shark. Bird species have also been identified, including shearwaters, bald eagle, double-crested cormorant, petrels, gulls, and terns. Analysis of images from the recently completed fall survey has been initiated.

A website developed by Normandeau for the project allows the public to see exactly where different animals have been recorded.

Julia Robinson Willmott, project technical director for Normandeau, said “It will be very interesting to see the natural fluctuations in animal density and distribution during the 3 years of this project. In addition to the animals targeted in the study, we are mapping fish shoals and boats, because we want to get as much information from the data as possible.”

“The beauty of this survey method is that you can revisit the data as often as you need to glean any additional information that hadn’t been previously identified as a priority.”

“The image quality is astounding. The calm sea conditions on some of the survey days make the subsurface animals look like they’re floating in air not in water. They’re that clear.”

Christian Newman, president of APEM”s U.S. office, said “The images are amazing and we are cataloguing a diverse array of wildlife species over a wide area, with a coverage and definition that has never before been achieved in the United States or anywhere else in the world.

“We set up the system so that each pixel corresponds to 1.5 centimeters on the ground. This allows us to identify the species for an extremely high percentage of the birds and marine animals in the images.”

Starting in November, APEM deployed a newly developed system, Shearwater III. This next-generation system was developed to push image resolutions to as low as 0.5 cm ground resolution.

To cover such a large area the team designed two different survey methods. A transect based approach over the larger planning area uses aircraft flying in parallel lines and provides a broad scale characterization of the New York Bight offshore planning area.

The second survey method provides greater detail of the proposed wind energy area. It employs a grid-based flight pattern that allows more accurate estimates of the numbers and distribution of wildlife. This creates greater siting, permitting, and monitoring certainty and meets the regulatory guidelines for pre- and postconstruction monitoring in the United States.

Ann Pembroke, vice president at Normandeau, said “By reviewing image quality daily we are able to ensure that the area is surveyed to consistently high standards, providing confidence in the data collected on behalf of NYSERDA as they consider the appropriate use of the Offshore Planning Area.”

APEM is carrying out the surveys. The images are analyzed by experts at Normandeau and APEM to identify birds and other marine species.

Normandeau is a leading U.S. environmental and regulatory consulting firm with special expertise in developing innovative technology solutions for answering biological questions. APEM is the world’s leading supplier of aerial bird and marine mammal surveys for the offshore renewables industry, having carried out over 1000 surveys. The two companies have been working closely together for over 5 years.

The surveys will be conducted four times per year over 3 years in coordination with visual surveys planned by other New York state and federal entities.


Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 EBC EBEE Awards

Posted December 19, 2016 by

Each year, the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) recognizes companies, organizations and individuals for outstanding environmental / energy accomplishments in the promotion of a sustainable, clean environment through the EBEE Awards. The EBEE Awards are presented at the EBC’s Annual Award Celebration, held annually in June. These awards were established by the EBC to encourage companies, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and environmental professionals to serve as models for others to emulate and, in doing so, further the mission and objectives of the EBC.

The Annual Meeting and EBEE Awards Celebration is scheduled for Thursday June 8, 2017 at the Marriott Copley Place.

Nominations Now Open

Companies and individuals are encouraged to self-nominate and to nominate programs and/or projects where the company (perhaps working with other EBC member companies) has been an active participant. EBC prefers to award completed projects, or projects that will be completed by the date of the event. To submit a nomination please use EBC’s Nomination Form.

Nominations are due by Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

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