DEVENS ECO-EFFICIENCY CENTER

Helping area businesses and organizations reduce their environmental impacts and operating costs through education, collaboration and technical assistance.

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33 Andrews Parkway, Devens, Massachusetts, USA  978.772.8831 x3304

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How Can the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center Help You?

Want to make your business more environmentally friendly and reduce expenses? Do you have an idea for a sustainability topic for future workshop training sessions or roundtables? Do you have a routine waste stream that has reuse potential for another organization? Contact

Dona Neely, Director of the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center, to talk about what the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center can do for your business.

 

Also check out our Services page.  If you don't see a sustainability service that meets your needs, contact us.  Our wide network of technical, governmental and educational organization contacts allows us to expand our services and help you partner with the right organizations.

Want to decrease monthly energy bills?

EcoStar offers services that can help!

 

Ž Employee Outreach and Education

- Achieve savings by powering down the office

Ž Benchmark Building's Energy Use

- Establish a baseline to track and measure progress

Ž Professional Facility Energy Audit

- Assess boilers, furnaces, compressors, lighting, more

 

Service are free for Devens businesses and EcoStar members.  Learn more about these services.

Page Last Updated: November 9, 2015

Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Roundtables:

 

The EHS Roundtable brings local professionals with environmental, health, and safety-related responsibilities from a range of industries together to learn new skills, gain resources, and share experiences. Meetings always include valuable time to networking with other local business representatives.

 

Manual Material Handling - Safe Lifting Strategies       January 29

Material handling solutions are critical tools for improving worker productivity and reducing injuries. When developing the best strategies, numerous factors must be considered, including: handling techniques, risk of injury, when to deploy an assistive device, and how to justify the cost of that device. Dan McHugh, a Certified Professional Ergonomist, will share strategies to address these and other challenges. Sign up now

 

Going Green? TURI Can Help   February 26

Considering eco-friendly cleaning products? Want to eliminate hazardous materials from your operation or products? Learn about free services, resources and tools offered by the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at UMass Lowell that can be used to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in your facility, protect public health and the environment, increase competitiveness of your company. Pam Eliason, Industry Research Program Manager, will showcase TURIs offerings. Sign up now

 

Got Styrofoam? Now it CAN be Recycled         April 1

Polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) is the 5th largest source of hazardous waste in the US, is the primary source of urban litter, and takes 500 years to decompose. Inspired to divert foam packaging to a recycler instead of landfill? Come learn about ReFoamIt (Leominster), what items they accept, what the foam becomes in its next life, and how your facility can use their service. Maybe even partner with other firms to organize a “milk run” pickup and achieve further savings. Sign up now

 

 

*All roundtables take place at Devens Eco-Efficiency Center Office, 33Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA from 8:00AM to 9:30AM.  Roundtables are free for members.  Not a member?  Call 978-772-8831 x3304 and sign up today. Registration for non-EcoStar members is $20; coffee and breakfast treats served.

2014 Annual Report Now On-Line

2014 was another banner year for the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center.  Check out the highlights of the Center's activities and accomplishments in 2014 and how they benefited area businesses, organizations, and environmental resources. Download the full report.

 

 

 

 

On April 17, representatives from over 20 area businesses, non-profits, schools and municipalities found new uses for an estimated 3,000 pounds of materials that otherwise would have been treated as waste for landfill. Participants reduced their operating costs by repurposing a wide variety of treasures, including office furniture and supplies, packing materials and various arts/crafts items. Thanks for all that contributed to the event's success!

A Great Success!

Smart Collaboration:

Does your business have a specific need for products, training, services or something specific?  Connect with us and link into our local network of businesses and organizations that are joining forces to save

money, operate more efficiently, and reduce their overall carbon footprint.  The Center is teaming up with local businesses to support their various needs.

 

A new                          has been created to make it easy for local employees with environmental, health and/or safety responsibilities to exchange info with peers. Contact us to learn how you and your company can benefit from this network and EcoStar membership.

NEW in:

 

There's lots of clean, like new FREE packing materials available! If your facility buys these supplies to protect shipments, here is a great cost savings opportunity. There are large bags of foam wheels (2" thick, 24" diam), bubble envelopes (7"x10"), foam sheets (24"x36"), and peanuts (bio-degradable). First come, first serve!

 

Turn your trash into treasure! The Great Exchange is a forum to divert unwanted items and materials from the landfill to reusable opportunities. See what else is currently availableItems added regularly!! One facility's trash is another's treasure - save money from avoided disposal or purchasing costs.

 

 

 

Follow this link for more information on the exchange or contact us directly to evaluate options for your company’s waste streams, outdated inventories, idle equipment, unwanted furniture, etc.

Response Microwave and Waiteco Machine benefited from foam wheels made available by Bristol-Myers Squibb.

NEW WEBSITE IS NOW LIVE!!

Check out our new mobile-friendly website with a new look and updated content.

 

Have any questions or comments?  We welcome your feedback!  Contact Dona Neely, Executive Director at 978.772.8831 x3313

 

Donate for a Great Cause!

The Devens office of Veterans, Inc. provides a variety of services to homeless veterans, including temporary transitional housing for as many as 36 individuals who served our country. This support creates a perpetual need for pillows, twin sheets and pillow cases, blankets.

 

Please encourage employees at your facility to donate new or gently used twin-sized bedding for the veterans. The much- needed items will be collected until January 15. This poster can be customized to include the company's logo at the bottom and note where donations can be dropped off in your facility.

 

Each year the Center engage companies in a unique charitable event. Generous firms and their employees have organized 10 large boxes of toiletry items and first aid supplies for the area's homeless, donated six large boxes of hygiene products for Red Cross comfort kits distributed at emergency / disaster sites, gave at a Community Blood Drive, and more. Your support of this initiative is greatly appreciated. Please contact Dona with any questions you have and to confirm your company's participation. Thank you!