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

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“Local Company Earns EcoStar ‘Achiever’ Status”

Thursday August 9, 2007

Read about how Image Software Services implemented a more sustainable approach to business practices, earning them the title of EcoStar’s First ‘Achiever’.

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“The Devens Effect”

Monday, July 23, 2007

From Large Manufacturing projects like Evergreen Solar and Bristol-Myers Squibb, to independent businesses like Image Software, this article highlights the attractive features of Devens, including (of course) EcoStar!

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“Great Exchange Workshop in Devens Exceeds Expectations”

Friday, January 4, 2008

November’s EcoStar workshop was a huge success with over 20 member organizations facilitating many exchanges and partnerships that will help organizations cut costs, reduce waste streams and promote efficiencies.

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“EcoStar Hosts First ‘Green’ Building Roundtable”

Friday, March 28, 2008

EcoStar kicked off their roundtable series this month with a roundtable discussion on green buildings.  More than 15 representatives from businesses and organizations  participated.

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“Devens Businesses Dig in to support Earth Day”

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

EcoStar hosted its first annual Earth Day celebration at Devens.  Over 100 people from 20 businesses and organizations attended and displayed information about how they integrate sustainability into their business.

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“It’s Easy Being Green”

Sunday, June 29, 2008

EcoStar’s June Workshop on Green Building was hosted by Fidelity Bank at their new Leominster headquarters—an energy efficiently designed and constructed building.  Read about how Fidelity made the decision to go green and the benefits to date.

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“Devens Does Earth Day Right”

Wednesday, April 23, 2009

EcoStar hosted its second annual Earth Day celebration.  Over 100 people from 18 businesses and organizations attended this years event.  The theme was energy efficiency and organizations displayed information about how they incorporate energy efficiency into their daily activities

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Devens SpringHill Suites Transitions to Single Stream Recycling”

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Devens SpringHill Suites by Marriott is the first area hotel to adopt this recycling approach.

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Devens Earth Day 2010

May 2010

Get Out and Celebrate Earth Day” activities that took place on April 8th and 22nd. Seventy-five volunteers from fourteen businesses and organizations based in Devens contributed their time to help with community betterment projects that enhanced the local environment.

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Devens Eco-Efficiency Center Receives Achievement Award

June 2010

The Devens Eco-Efficiency Center received an Outstanding Environmental-Energy Achievement Award from the Environmental Business Council, New England (EBC).

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Devens Earth Day 2011

May 2011

Our 4th Annual Earth Day took place on April 22nd. Volunteers from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Devens Commons Center, Devens Eco-Efficiency Center, Devens Enterprise Commission, Devens Recycling Center, Safety Associates, and Shriver Job Corps all chipped in!

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Center Receives Award for Outstanding Organization

November 2012

The Devens Eco-Efficiency Center is the proud recipient of the Roy L. Jeannotte Award for Outstanding Organization from the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce for making "a substantial contribution to the lasting enhancement of the Nashoba Valley Region by demonstrating exceptional leadership and community involvement." 


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Great Exchange Makes Headlines Again!

January 2013


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


Green Building Roundtable creates a Buzz!

January 2013

The topic of the Green Building Roundtable for the first quarter of 2013 was

Residential & Commercial Applications for Passive House.  A local reporter attended the event and posted a great overview of the discussion as part of her local green building series.  Read the complete on-line blog posting.

“Devens EcoGroup talks fire safety and sustainability for old and new business” 

Ayer Public Spirit

September 13, 2013

The Ayer Public Spirit reported on the August 2013 Devens Eco-Efficiency Center Environmental Health and Safety Roundtable which included safety inspections by Devens Deputy Fire Chief Kelly and new sustainable developments in Devens by Environmental Planner Neil Angus.

Read the full article here.



“Devens Businesses Have Environmental Partner”

Worcester Business Journal

June 16, 2013

The WBJ recently reported on the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center and its value-added programs and services that it offers to local businesses and organizations to help them reduce their ecological footprint.  Read the full article here.

“Climate Panel Sees Global Warming Impacts on All Continents, Worse to Come”

The New York Times

March 30, 2014

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released its latest report on the impacts of global warming, projected changes under various scenarios for greenhouse gas emissions and options for limiting related risks.

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.


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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 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:


“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.”

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