Founder Joel “Ned” Nisson Visits the Center for EcoTechnology

Joel “Ned” Nisson founded what is now the Center for EcoTechnology in 1976. Today he visited our offices to see where his vision has come in the past four decades.

Fellows Lexie Vining and Matt Brodeur share their thoughts:

“This week we were fortunate to meet with Joel “Ned” Nisson and his wife Julie to reflect on the past 40 years since CET was established. Joel founded the “Center for Ecological Technology” because he envisioned an opportunity to incorporate science and technology into the still nascent environmental movement. It was a humbling experience to meet the person whose vision paved the way for an enduring organization that has made such a sizable impact over four decades.

CET has changed and grown a lot since Joel developed it in 1976, yet our core values of basing our work on science and offering practical solutions remain the same.”

-Matt & Lexie

You can learn more about the history of the Center for EcoTechnology by clicking here. 

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From left to right: Casey Simpson, Aliza Heeren, Matt Brodeur, Chiara Favaloro,
John Majercak, Joel Nisson, Julie Nisson, Nancy Nylen, Lexie Vining, Katie Costantini

Celebrating 40 Years: The History of the Center for EcoTechnology

The Center for EcoTechnology has helped people and businesses save energy and reduce waste for 40 years! We love being a part of this community and helping so many people take Go Green actions. Our 40th year will culminate with the completion of our 2014-16 Go Green Goals:

  • helping 80,000 people take go green actionsgo green square
  • reducing our energy usage by an amount equal to taking 40,000 homes off the grid for a year
  • reducing our carbon footprint equal to taking about 100,000 cars off the road for a year
  • creating $100 million in lifetime energy and waste savings for residents and business owners.

After two years, we’re ahead of schedule!

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Through Children’s Eyes: Jiminy Peak Wind Turbine

By EcoFellow Jenny Goldberg

Last week, CET’s Outreach and Marketing Team trekked out to Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort with approximately 130 3rd and 4th grade students from various Berkshire County schools. Our purpose: to educate them about the importance of wind power using Jiminy Peak’s very own wind turbine to demonstrate!

Zephyr, or west wind, is the name of Jiminy Peak’s 1.5 MW, 386 foot tall wind turbine. It was a $3.9 million project that was completed in 2007. To learn about some of the amazing challenges that the construction crew faced while trying to transport this 250 ton structure up the mountain, check out the video below:

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NESEA’s Building Energy 15 conference will be March 3-5

Register now and use these promotional codes!

If you’re a green architect, contractor, or high performance building specialist, then you should attend NESEA’s Building Energy 15: Conference & Trade Show for Renewable Energy and Green Building Professionals. The conference will be on March 3-5, 2015, at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.

Center for EcoTechnology will be there! Visit us at booth 630. And take advantage of the promotional codes below that NESEA and CET are able to offer!

Register now at nesea.org/buildingenergy. When you register, use one of the codes below and get a discount on your registration!

EXPOATBE15 – Gives free trade show pass after Early Bird ends on Jan 31
IMWITHCET1 – Gives $25 off a one day pass
IMWITHCET2 – Gives $50 off a two day pass

We look forward to seeing you at Building Energy 15!

Go Green Pumpkin Carving

By EcoFellow Sonja Favaloro


Last weekend, CET’s six EcoFellows got together to celebrate the change of season by carving pumpkins. Two of the EcoFellows hosted the event in their backyard, providing pumpkins and tools to carve them. We had fun getting creative with our designs and using stencils to cut out spooky cats, ghosts and zpumpkinsombies, but the spookiest pumpkin of all was the RECYCLING PUMPKIN! One EcoFellow decorated hers with the triangular recycling arrows we all know and love.

And this wasn’t the only way we “went green” while carving pumpkins. We carefully divided our pumpkin innards by putting the seeds in a bowl to be roasted later and the rest of the pumpkin guts in a paper bag to be composted. Since our hosts did not have a compost system set up at home, another EcoFellow who did have a home compost system took the bags back with her.

The best part of the process, besides the satisfaction of seeing our pumpkins glowing eerily with tea-lights inside, was roasting all the pumpkin seeds! We cooked up four batches of seeds with different sweet and savory flavorings: cinnamon sugar, curry and cayenne pepper, garlic salt, and sea salt, and we have been snacking on them at work ever since.

So if you are planning to carve pumpkins this Halloween season, why not make a green-themed pumpkin and send us a picture? We are launching a Go Green Pumpkin Carving Contest and we want to see what you can come up with. Send a photo of your green-themed pumpkin to gogreen@cetonline.org for the chance to win one of CET’s Go Green raffle baskets. And don’t forget to compost those pumpkin guts!

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