Goodbye to the EcoFellowship Class of 2018

The EcoFellowship Program has proven to be tremendously effective in building understanding and promoting action at the grassroots level. Each year CET recruits and trains recent college graduates from across the country, preparing them to take on today and tomorrow’s most pressing environmental challenges.

This time of year is always bittersweet. While we are so encouraged by the profound impact of these five individuals, it is always hard to say goodbye. Here are just some of the things they did in the past 11 months:

  • Avery Cross updated the food waste estimation guide published on the RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts website. This is a valuable tool used across the country.
  • Willow Cohn managed the EcoBuilding Bargains Bash – making it our most successful yet! Willow unfortunately had to miss the graduation as she’s already begun her next chapter as a Sustainability Analyst at Bell’s Brewery in Michigan.
  • Jorge Guarin began developing an educational series for businesses on a variety of topics, collaborating with 1Berkshire, the official Berkshire County Regional Economic Development Organization and Regional Tourism Council.
  • Shelby Kuenzli created multiple videos about CET’s impact for Earth Month, expanding the way we communicate about our valuable work.
  • Morgan O’Connor worked on developing powerful tools for Solar Access, a new program for middle-income homeowners.
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Berkshire Community College Receives 2018 Alan Silverstein and Laura Dubester Award for Community Environmental Leadership

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The Berkshire Community College (BCC) Green Team has received the 2018 Alan Silverstein and Laura Dubester Award for Community Environmental Leadership from the Center for EcoTechnology.

The BCC Green Team was founded in 2008. They received the award Thursday, April 26, at the Earth Day forum. Laura Dubester and CET Associate Director Nancy Nylen were the presenters. The award is named after Silverstein and Dubester, a couple who served as co-directors of CET for 22 years until they retired in 2010. Dubester joined CET in 1977 and Silverstein in 1978. They became co-directors of the organization in 1988. Silverstein passed away in 2014.

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Introducing: Wasted Food Solutions

We are thrilled to launch our newest resource: Wasted Food Solutions. This website gives businesses, service providers, and policy makers access to the resources they need to address one of our biggest challenges: wasted food.

CET acts as a catalyst to accelerate the development of a vibrant marketplace to divert wasted food from the commercial and institutional sectors. We have been a leader in the wasted food reduction and diversion movement for more than 20 years, implementing some of the first wasted food composting programs in the country, and contributing to effective public policy.

We believe that better managing wasted food is critical in order to address climate change, feed more hungry people, and grow our economy. If you are a city, state or federal agency, industry group or foundation, and want to tackle the issue of wasted food, please contact us!

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Press Release: Center for EcoTechnology Wins 2017 Rathmann Challenge for Pioneering and Expanding Commercial Composting in the Northeast

Contact: 

John Majercak, President, Center for EcoTechnology, 413.586.7350 extension 228; john.majercak@cetonline.org

Lorenzo Macaluso, Client Services Director, Center for EcoTechnology, 413.218.1543 (cell); lorenzo.macaluso@cetonline.org

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Center for EcoTechnology Wins 2017 Rathmann Challenge for Pioneering and Expanding Commercial Composting in the Northeast

CET Receives the Top Honor and $300,000 Funding Opportunity

November 1, 2017 – Northampton, MA. The Center for EcoTechnology (CET), a local non-profit organization, has been awarded Top Honor in the North American 2017 Rathmann Challenge, Mitigating Climate Change: Expanding the Use of Compost, for its pioneering work over the past 20 years to expand the use of composting to reduce wasted food, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

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Reuse and Crafting at Hancock Shaker Village

Papermaking at the Hancock Shaker Village

The Center for EcoTechnology is thrilled to partner with Hancock Shaker Village to bring information about energy efficiency and waste reduction to their events and activities!

This past Friday we offered upcycling activities for children at the Village’s Free Fun Friday extravaganza. In one activity children repurposed tiles from our EcoBuilding Bargains reused build materials store into decorative coasters and trivets. We also offered a papermaking workshop, where kids made bookmarks out of recycled paper and pulped corn husks. About 150 children took home amazing tiles and bookmarks!

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