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Meet Lorenzo Macaluso

Meet Lorenzo Macaluso

Lorenzo Macaluso

Lorenzo Macaluso, Director of Client Services

The Center for EcoTechnology may be a local non-profit, but our programs and knowledge extend across the country. Lorenzo Macaluso is a national expert in all things waste. This fall he’s going to be speaking from the east coast to the west coast about donation, policy and technical assistance, funding, composting management, and food donation. We’re grateful to have Lorenzo at CET and wanted to share more about him!

Lorenzo Macaluso is the Director of Client Services here at the Center for EcoTechnology. He has been with CET for 17 years and throughout that time he has taken on several integral roles. He provides technical assistance, training, and outreach to businesses and institutions to help improve environmental performance. He also aids CET in finding new opportunities to expand our work and increase our impact through saving energy and reducing waste.

Lorenzo developed a toolkit for restaurants and schools interested in establishing composting programs. He also helped develop and oversee the implementation of CET’s Green Business Services, which provides waste diversion and energy efficiency information, as well as technical assistance to a wide range of organizations throughout Massachusetts and New England. Outside of CET Lorenzo also serves on the MassDEP Organics Subcommittee and was part of the DEP’s Mercury Management Act work group.

Lorenzo is originally from New Jersey, but came to Western Massachusetts as a student at UMass Amherst, where he received his B.S. in Natural Resources Management and then later his Master’s in Public Health concentrating on Environmental Health. At UMass he took a class on waste management, which exposed him to the inner workings of local landfills, composting facilities, and municipal recycling facilities. Through the connections he made in that class, he got a job at the University of Massachusetts Office of Waste Management, facilitating the university’s composting program. Soon after he found CET and has been working in the food waste and energy sector ever since.

“I feel like if there’s something that I’ve made a mark on at CET, it was with an amazing team. None of this would have happened without all these awesome people that are doing this work.”

-Lorenzo Macaluso

Lorenzo has been essential to CET’s success in commercial energy efficiency and waste reduction. He looks forward to helping CET deepen their impact in energy efficiency and becoming a nationwide source on best practices for food waste diversion.

If you would like to learn more about Lorenzo Macaluso, come visit him at one of these events he’ll be speaking at!

 

Lorenzo Macaluso at Big Y

 

By Morgan O’Connor, Marketing & High Performance Building EcoFellow

 

 

 

Fall 2017 Reuse Rockstar Competition Launch!

By: Shelby Kuenzli, Digital Marketing EcoFellow

Here we go again! EcoBuilding Bargains is kick-starting our Fall 2017 Reuse Rockstar Competition! Reuse Rockstar is a friendly competition held to showcase all of the creative ways EcoBuilding Bargains customers transform materials they find at the store into beautiful and innovative pieces. Last year, our customers turned a wooden beam into a light fixture, old wood into a rustic coffee table, old bowling alley lane flooring into a counter top and so much more! Check out these submissions from last year for some inspiration:

 

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Len Scanici made a beautiful kitchen island using reused bowling alley planks for the counter top!

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Wasted Food Reduction Across the Hierarchy at UMass Amherst

By Kevin Pink, Marketing & Development Assistant

EPA Food Recovery HierarchyIt’s no secret that wasted food is a big issue in America. According to the USDA, 30- 40% of food produced in this country goes uneaten every year. In 2010, this amounted to 133 billion pounds of food, worth $161 billion. This wasted food doesn’t go to the American households classified as food insecure (12.3% of American households in 2016), but instead often ends up in landfills, where it creates methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

Colleges and universities serve thousands of meals daily, and thus have the potential to produce a significant amount of wasted food. UMass Dining Services is the largest college dining services operation in the nation, serving 45,000 meals daily or 5.5 million meals per year. UMass takes a concerted approach to reducing wasted food along the guidelines of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Hierarchy.

So how is UMass addressing the Food Recovery Hierarchy? Here are a few examples!

Source Reduction: Reduce the volume of surplus food generated.

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When Beauty Standards Apply to Food

By Morgan O’Connor, Marketing & High Performance Building EcoFellow

Roughly 133 billion pounds of food is wasted every year in the U.S, and 6 billion of that is produce lost before harvesting or selling. This subset of food waste is attributed primarily to aesthetics, meaning the produce was too small, too large, off-colored, scarred, misshapen, etc.

6 billion pounds may not seem like very much in comparison to all of the food that is lost, but when you consider the resources – water, fertilizer, pesticides, fuel, and space – that are expended on food that is never eaten, it leaves quite the negative impact.

Aesthetic standards prioritize uniformity, targeting the consumers’ narrow view of what their produce should look like, but these images in our heads have little to do with flavor or nutritional value. We can to rethink what our food should look like and embrace their natural peculiarities.

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The Weight and Impact of EcoBuilding Bargains

By Shelby Kuenzli, Digital Marketing EcoFellow

The Center for EcoTechnology is proud to say that we have successfully been making green make sense for the past 41 years. One of the many ways in which we make an impact is by operating our EcoBuilding Bargains store (formerly the ReStore Home Improvement Center). EcoBuilding Bargains is the largest used building materials store in New England. It supports CET’s mission by keeping thousands of tons of materials out of landfills – last year alone EcoBuilding Bargains kept over 300 tons of usable building materials from being dumped into landfills!

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