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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Environmental Health and Safety 2014 Roundatble:

Incidents + Accidents = Lessons Learned

Friday, March 28, 2014, 8:00AM to 9:30AM

33 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA

Some times bad things happen ... the important thing is that we learn from our experiences. The most valuable aspect of the EHS Roundtable is that it provides a forum where we can also learn from our peers' experience. This meeting will start with a reminder of our motto that "what gets said at the table, stays at the table." Attendees are asked to come prepared to discuss one to three incident experiences and the insights and learning that came from their investigations to maximize this unique learning opportunity. Roundtable member John Cox of Advanced Technology Solutions will lead this very useful conversation. RSVP at: donaneely@ecostardevens.com

Devens Sustainable Indicators Report

Identifies Progress and Opportunities for

Efficiency, Sustainability in Redevelopment

In 2000, the DEC released a report that evaluated the progress Devens had made toward its ReUse Plan goal of Sustainable Redevelopment. In 2012 the DEC, with the assistance of the University of Massachusetts, conducted a follow-up study to re-evaluate the current level of progress. Results of the study will be used as a tool to direct current and future programming efforts and ensure the programs and services of MassDevelopment, the DEC

and the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center continue to further the goal of Sustainable Redevelopment within the Devens Regional Enterprise Zone. The full report is available at: www.devensec.com/sustain.html.

 

“The Commission is pleased that the results of the Sustainable Indicators Report show continued progress towards implementing our communities’ Reuse Plan,” said Bill Marshall, chair of the Devens Enterprise Commission. “The goal and organizing theme of Devens’ redevelopment is to make Devens into a model of sustainable development for the Commonwealth. The Indicator’s Report provides objective, measurable criteria on which to judge our progress to date. We intend to use the report to address areas where we can continue to improve and maintain our progress.”

“These indicators will play a key role in determining how to increase collaboration and to make Devens more sustainable,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. “Those who work in Devens share our commitment to the environment, and we look forward to making Devens even more attractive by building on that foundation.”

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.

More Free Services - Free Stuff

 

The Eco-Efficiency Center provides free logistical and employee engagement assistance to help facilities establish or strengthen a recycle program. Contact the Center to learn how your firm can comply with the State's Waste Ban that requires the diversion of recyclable materials and decrease waste management costs.

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: March 14, 2014

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 is currently available in The Great ExchangeItems added regularly!! One facility's trash is another's treasure - save money from avoided disposal or purchasing costs.

 

In 2013 more than 143,880 pounds of unwanted material was repurposed and 50 participants saved more than $28,800 in avoided purchasing and disposal costs! See a full list of materials and participants here.

 

MAKING HEADLINES!

The Great Exchange and a number of its partners also made local headlines recently for their work to repurpose materials and donations for the homeless.  Read the full story here.

 

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.

 

COMPOSTING SERVICES*

The Devens Eco-Efficiency Center offers organizations a variety of education, technical assistance and support for implementing composting programs in Devens and surrounding area towns.  Check out our new COMPOSTING webpage for more details and to take advantage of our FREE composting technical assistance.

Attention restaurants and food service providers!

The Mass. Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has issued a press release to announce State’s commercial food waste disposal ban that will go into effect on October 1. The Ban will require entities that dispose of one ton or more of organic material per week to divert the material for donation, compost, animal feed, or energy generation. Contact the Eco-Efficiency Center and visit our Services webpage to learn how we can help implement an organics diversion program in your facility.

Hot off the Press:

Devens Eco-Efficiency Center 2013 Annual Report

In 2013 this six-year-old non-profit hosted ten educational forums, supported a major energy audit at a manufacturing firm, facilitated the evaluation of 18 new waste reduction programs and the implementation of 12 of these, and enabled the repurposing of 72 tons of materials that otherwise would have been treated as trash. These initiatives benefited 58 establishments from Devens and nine surrounding towns. This Annual Report provides highlights of how the Center promotes sustainable business and development practices and the benefits of its programs and services.

 

Download the full report.