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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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.

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: September 17, 2014

Local Employees Hit the Trails to Celebrate Earth Day!

The Devens Eco-Efficiency Center and Friends of the Oxbow hosted two events in April and May to help local facilities celebrate Earth Day 2014:

 

Eighteen employees of eight establishments in Devens hit the Goddard Trail for a fun hike around Mirror Lake. Rona Balco, President of the Friends group, made the walk more interesting by sharing her knowledge of the trail’s namesake, identifying various species of trees and plants, and talking about wildlife observed in the area.

 

Fifteen members of four local entities were trail blazers led by Friends volunteer John Ugovich. The group made great progress clearing a new hiking trail that begins on Lake George Street by the Jackson Gate and will lead to the Nashua River and Fish and Wildlife’s new Visitors Station on Hospital Road.

 

To learn more about these and other walking trails in Devens, click on the Devens Trail Map

Upcoming Workshop:

Collaborative Training Plans:

Friday, September 26, 2014, 8:00AM to 9:30AM

33 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA

Responses to a recent survey identified opportunities for local firms to collaborate on employee training needs to achieve cost savings and delivery efficiencies.  Attend this meeting to review the results, consider grant funding options, evaluate instructor resources, and plan next steps for the programs.  Training topic priorities will be shared prior to the forum for advance consideration. If you have not yet completed the survey and would like to have your facility's needs represented, contact us!

 

RSVP via email or 978-772-8831 x3304. Registration for non-EcoStar members is $15; coffee and pastry served.

Devens Eco-Efficiency Director Makes Headlines!

Director Dona Neely is featured on the front page of the May 23rd edition of the Public Spirit.  Ms. Neely was interviewed about the growing popularity and support for the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center and its host of programs and services that help businesses and organizations improve their triple-bottom line.

View the video and read the full story.

Devens Community Blood Drive: a ‘great exchange’ in a time of need!

The Devens Community Blood Drive, held on July 18th, was a great success, with 28 donors attending, 9 of whom were first timers! In addition to the good feeling that comes from helping those in need, attendees enjoyed lots of activities at the Devens Common Center.  Emergency response vehicles from the Devens Fire Dept. and Red Cross were available for tours, disc golf demos and lessons were offered by Hawk's Nest Disc Golf, Friends of the Oxbow hosted an information table, live acoustical music played in the background, and participants could take a chance at great raffle prizes donated by the Devens Grill, Hilton Garden Inn and SpringHill Suites. Thanks to all who contributed to the success of this important event - these types of collaborations are what makes Devens a special community.

NEW in:

 

We’ve just added a number of like new swivel desk chairs and office chairs and bookshelves—BUT HURRY, THEY ARE GOING FAST!! - Special deal for EcoStar members only.  Join now to save!!!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.