Goodbye to the EcoFellowship Class of 2017

The Center for EcoTechnology does incredible things every day to help people and businesses save energy and reduce waste. We help businesses and institutions implement programs to divert wasted food, we work with contractors to build homes to exceptional efficiency standards. We work with farmers to help them get funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The list goes on. But a very special part of what we do is the EcoFellowship program.

Without a doubt, mentoring these five future environmental leaders is the best part of my job. When you work in the environmental field, every day is full of challenges, but also possibility. The EcoFellows come to us right out of college full of optimism and tenacity to turn that possibility into reality.

Here are some of the things they did in the past 11 months:

  • Alexandra “Lexie” Vining expanded our work in community outreach by working with our partner Mass Energy to begin a local canvassing program for New England Green Start.
  • Katie Costantini helped align our work with THE GREEN TEAM to public school curriculums.
  • Matt Brodeur executed user-testing for the RecyclingWorks MA website leading to a more powerful tool for businesses and institutions.
  • Aliza created the first video case study for our High-Performance Building work.
  • Chiara Favaloro assisted with a press conference for the Mass Farm Energy Program which brought together stakeholders from across the state.
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Food Waste Initiative Creates Jobs in Massachusetts

To help businesses and institutions maximize recycling, reuse, and composting opportunities, the Center for EcoTechnology administers a program called  RecyclingWorksMA for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The agency has just released a report highlighting the economic benefits in Massachusetts of food waste reduction initiatives. The following post, with a link to the report, was originally posted on the RecyclingWorksMA blog.

And continuing the theme of economic successes in the state that are linked to environmental and economic sustainability initiatives, the Mass. Clean Energy Energy just released it’s annual Clean Energy Industry Report, which describes significant growth in this sector over 2015!


Yesterday, December 22, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) released a new report highlighting the positive economic benefits of reducing food waste. This report studied the effects of the Massachusetts Commercial Food Waste Ban, which prohibits businesses and institutions that generate one ton or more of food waste per week from disposing of that waste in the trash. About 1,700 facilities such as universities, supermarkets, food processors, hotels, conference centers, and restaurants are subject to the ban. This ban, which went into effect in October of 2014, was the nation’s first requiring commercial entities to divert wasted food from disposal via donation, animal feed, anaerobic digestion, or composting.

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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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